If you think you may be struggling with depression it’s important to reach out for help from friends and family as well as medical professionals like therapists and counselors who can provide more specialized advice tailored to your individual needs. There are also many coping strategies one can do on their own such as:
- exercise (which helps release endorphins)
- journaling/venting about your emotions on paper instead of bottling them up inside you until they become too overwhelming
- developing healthy eating habits by avoiding processed sugars which have been linked with increased anxiety and despair
- limiting caffeine intake which can make anxiety worse
- spending quality time outdoors with nature as well as finding activities that bring joy such as painting/drawing/dancing/playing music
- attending support groups online/in-person so that you don’t feel isolated in your struggles
- connecting with others who understand what you are going through so that you don’t feel so alone in this battle against depression
- getting a depression therapist
Depression is a serious mental illness that affects millions around the world every day. The fact that it is happening must not be taken lightly nor ignored. If it is affecting someone close to you, seeking help from professionals who specialize in mental health disorders can be life-saving!
It’s also important to remember there are strategies we can use on our own every day such as taking care of our body like exercise and eating healthy – which will help us manage our feelings better.