8 Ways to Fight Depression

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201110/eight-ways-actively-fight-depression

Have Compassion For Yourself

Depression is often accompanied by a critical, self-destructive mentality that interferes with and distracts us from our daily lives. By having compassion for yourself and recognizing this inner voice as a destructive enemy, you can begin to see who you are more clearly and realistically.

Acknowledging and Discussing Your Angry Feelings

By acknowledging and accepting or discussing your angry feelings, you are much less likely to turn these feelings against yourself or allow them to lead you into a depressed state.

Activity Fights Depression.

It’s a physiological fact that activity fights depression. Get your heart rate up 20 minutes a day, five days a week, and it has been scientifically proven that you will feel better emotionally.

Put Yourself in a Social Atmosphere to Lift Your Spirits

Even the simple act of putting yourself in a social atmosphere can lift your spirits. Never allow yourself to indulge in the thought that you are different from or less than anyone else. Everyone struggles at times, and your depression does not define who you are or single you out from others.

Pursue Your Interests

Depression is one of the hardest emotional states to endure, because the symptoms themselves can destroy your will and energy to engage in activities you once loved. Giving in to this lethargic state can give your depression even more power, whereas staying active in your life, pursuing anything and everything you may find of interest will re-ignite your spark and keep you on your own side.

Makes Yourself Laugh

It may seem silly or all too simple, but anything that makes you laugh or smile can actually help convince your brain you are happy. If you look at depression as your critical inner voice having tricked you into feeling bad, then you can have your own tricks ready to fight depression.

Don’t Punish Yourself for Feeling Bad

Your critical thoughts toward yourself will try to keep you down any way they can, including by attacking you for feeling down. It’s important to take your side and have compassion for yourself at those difficult times.

See a Therapist

Talking is a powerful way of combating your depression. If you feel bad, don’t let anyone tell you it’s no big deal or that you’ll just get over it. There is nothing shameful about recognizing you have a problem you alone cannot seem to resolve and to seek the help of a therapist.

Author: betterblokesnz