But there’s good news, too. You have the power to create change and fight back against depression.
If you’re depressed, it’s likely that you no longer feel joy when engaging in activities you once loved. Old interests, hobbies, and social events just don’t make you feel good anymore. And that’s completely normal–but you need to do them anyway.
Practice self discipline when it comes to keeping up with your hobbies and routines. Make yourself do these activities even when you don’t feel like doing them. Doing so will help you restore a sense of normalcy, even if in the tiniest form.
Likewise, use all the willpower you’ve got to stick to a regular exercise routine. Take charge of your diet and abstain from foods known to contribute to depression.
Seek Humor and Positivity
How do you fight back against depression? You laugh. A lot.
Go out of your way to watch funny movies and TV shows, read funny books, and seek humor in day-to-day life. Laughing simply feels good, and you’ll enjoy an improved mood because of it.
On the other side of the coin, be mindful of what kind of social media and entertainment you’re consuming. It’s a good idea to stay away from entertainment with negative undertones.
Lean On Friends and Family
There’s another way you can practice self-discipline: reach out to your friends and family regularly.
Typically those suffering from depression are hesitant to reach out because they feel like they’re being dramatic or burdensome, but don’t give into these thoughts. They’re simply not true.
Try your hardest to reach out to loved ones or professionals, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel. You don’t even need to talk about your depression if you don’t want to–just spending quality time with someone who cares about you is enough to make a difference.
Practicing peace through meditation doesn’t mean you’re not depressed. It doesn’t mean you’re not sad now or will never be sad again.
All it means is that you’re accepting yourself as you are, right now, depression and all. When you let yourself relax into your current state of being, you create space for positive change.
Quieting your mind through meditation is known to have miraculous effects for those suffering from depression, so take some quiet time to clear your head and let yourself be exactly as you are, right now.
Practice these methods the best you can. Give yourself credit for any progress you’ve made and continue to make small, positive changes. Keep this in mind, and it’s only a matter of time before things will be better for you.
Patricia Sarmiento loves swimming and running. She channels her love of fitness and wellness into blogging about health and health-related topics. She played sports in high school and college and continues to make living an active lifestyle a goal for her and her family. She lives with her husband, two children, and their shih tzu in Maryland.