Depression has been described by many as shackles that prevent the rays of hope from reaching and helping a depressed person. Depression can completely overtake the mind of an affected person and overwhelm it with suppressive negative thoughts, which can be so strong as to endanger the very existence of an individual. Simply put, depression can bend any individual under its pressure of anguish and distress. Fortunately, depression can be fought and overcome with the help of appropriate treatments and therapies.
These days, there are millions of people, all across the world, who are battling depression. One of the major mistakes they tend to commit is to overlook certain things and facts that hold true for depression. In order to effectively battle depression, an individual should first understand it. If you are unsuccessfully trying to understand the core of your depression, let us help you by shedding light on some things to know when you are battling depression.
1. Your thoughts are not always “real”
More often than not, it is your thoughts that are making you depressed. For instance, if a woman is battling with excess weight, she will see only thin and lean woman and nothing else. She will completely forget that there are also plenty of other people who are battling their weight. In this case, this woman will come up with certain thoughts that will make her believe that everyone else in the world is perfectly happy and fit but her.
Don’t forget that depression will make you believe everything you think. Therefore, try to debunk and negate such thoughts and try to focus more on pleasant and comfortable things in your life.
2. Eliminate negativity
In most cases, a depressed individual usually has thoughts such as: “My life is ruined”, “There is no way out of this situation” etc. However, these thoughts can only serve to deepen the issue. With just a little willpower and support, you can transform these negative thoughts into positive ones, such as: ” There is hope for me”, ” Not everything is lost”, and so on.
3. Don’t listen to your inner voice
During stronger depression episodes, your inner voice will “provide” you with all kinds of life advice, which you should not follow. For instance, if your inner voice tells you to stay at home and sulk for all the negative things and mishaps in your life, do the opposite. What you should do instead is meet with your friends, spend some quality time with your loved one and so on. By learning to do things against the “wishes” of your inner voice, you will slowly learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and fight the embrace of depression.
4. You are not alone in your fight
When depression takes a hold of someone, they think they are the only individuals in the world that are suffering from depression. Of course, that is far from the truth. If you are going through such a phase, remember that there are lots of people, who have battled depression and gone through the most severe phases, as well as those who have never experienced depression in their lifetimes. What you have to realize is that our world is home to all kinds of individuals, some of which are faced with various mental issues, while others are not.