Although I’ve always been a pretty positive person, Life’s hit me with a couple of cheap shots to the gut lately. Of course, like most people, the issues I’m dealing with usually revolve around money. No matter how much you have, it’s never around when you really need it or in the quantities you need it to be in. It’s downright depressing.
So how do you snap out of it and get back into the game? How do you come back when all the world seems to be fighting against you? Here are 5 tips that might help:
Number 1: Don’t fight it alone. The first instinct when you get depressed is to seek isolation but that’s the worst thing you can do. Find someone you can share your problems, your fears, and your feelings with – which brings me to the next tip:
Number 2: Verbalize your depression. Try “talking” to your depression. Describe it to a friend or loved one. What does it feel like? What “color” is it? Where does it come from? Focusing on trying to verbally describe your depression can actually make you forget you’re depressed. If you don’t have a friend handy, try writing your description in a notebook or journal.
Number 3: Don’t label yourself. Don’t say or think “I’m depressed.” No you’re not. You might feel depressed. You might look depressed. You might even act depressed but you are not depression personified so don’t pin that label on yourself. Saying “I’m feeling depressed” tells your subconscious that your current state is a just a feeling and like all feelings, will soon pass. (NOTE: I am not talking about clinical depression here. If you have been diagnosed with depression, make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions at all times.)
Number 4: Take care of your body. Don’t neglect proper exercise and diet and by all means, stay away from the junk food. You might think that ice cream or chocolate cake will make you feel better but it’s not doing your body any favors. Taking a walk or doing in some light exercise or yard work will actually release endorphins that will help chase away depression.
Number 5: Exhibit gratitude. When you begin to feel depressed about what you don’t have, that’s the time to start focusing on what you do have. You need to write these down in order for this to work. Don’t just casually list out loud what you’re thankful for because it won’t have the same impact. You need to not only hear yourself say that you’re grateful for something, you really need to see it in writing. Your body needs to really feel the motion of writing it down. This more than anything will help to put whatever is causing your depression in perspective. The more things you can list that you’re really grateful for, the weaker and weaker your depression will become.
Depression can hit anyone, at any time, for any reason. It might pass through like a dark cloud or it might decide to stay a while. If it does, use these tips to get yourself back in the game of Life.