Clinical Depression can only be diagnosed by a psychologist or medical doctor, and often is aided by pharmaceuticals. However, there are steps you can take now to help stop or ease feelings of depression, without drugs. The difficulty with depression is that it is all-encompassing. The more down you feel, the more negative your perception of life becomes. When you feel depressed, things that you might not typically be bothered by may become focal points (disagreements with coworkers or your spouse, frustration while driving). Meanwhile, the positive things begin to be overlooked.
We tend to also focus on what is most negative about ourselves. Any body image issues are magnified, as are any self-doubts. When we make a mistake, we label ourselves as “stupid” or “an idiot” or worse. Usually, we start to feel that nothing is going right, or will ever go right again. So, here are some preliminary steps you can take to try to stop the downward spiral:
- Do Something – ANYTHING!
- Focus on the positive.
It is very easy to slide down the slippery slope of depression. Teaching ourselves to be positive again can be very much like returning to the gym after a long hiatus: you have to get used to working your happy muscle again. But just like most things in life, a little hard work can make all the difference! Of course, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by sadness or depression, speaking to a mental health professional can help you to get your mind back on the right track, and provide you with a supporter in your journey to finding a happier, healthier you.
*If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, please go to your local emergency room immediately. They will connect you with the help you need right away.