When Depression Takes Over: How to Cope and Become Mentally Strong

 

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Depression is a serious and debilitating illness. Sometimes, it is triggered by a major event such as a death of a loved one, a job loss, or heartbreak. Other times, it sneaks in like a thief in the night. It starts with one bad thought, but then it quickly snowballs into low self esteem and full blown depression. When this happens, and it seems like depression is beginning to take over your life, it is important to seek help. Here are a few tips for getting control of your depression and becoming mentally strong once again.

Get Help

This should be mentioned first because it is so important. When you are feeling low or depressed, reach out for some external help. A family member or trusted friend is a great place to start. A professional is another great place to get some assistance and perspective. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little help. It is one of the best and quickest ways to get to feeling better.

Find Support

While a professional is a great place to get some support, try and find some support in everyday life as well. Friends, family, or other loved ones can be this type of support for you. They don’t have to give you advice or counsel you…in fact, in some cases they shouldn’t! Instead, enjoy their company and make some lasting bonds. Having someone to have fun with and listen to you is crucial for good and strong mental health.

Change Your Surroundings

When I start to feel depression creeping in, one of the first things I do is get out. I go somewhere…anywhere. I don’t stay for long and I don’t rely on this as a way of coping. I just change my perspective for a few hours to help lighten the burden. Find a place that you really enjoy and use it as an escape when you need it. A park, a museum, a friend’s house. Any of these can provide a bit of solace when you just need a quick change of scenery.

Move Your Body

Exercise can do wonders. It changes your body, sculpts the muscles, and it also boosts moods. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins and adrenaline. These 2 chemicals make the body and mind feel better. You will have more energy, a lighter and more positive outlook, and you’ll also develop a great habit to keep into the future.

Depression is a big deal and is definitely not something to ignore. If you are feeling a bit down, don’t be afraid to get out there and get some help. Use these tips to help manage mental troubles and to get yourself stronger and healthier than ever.

 

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