Do you struggle with depression? If you do, then I would like you to know that you are definitely not alone and depression is beatable. I live every single day having to endure the debilitating effects of major depressive disorder. You may not be able to beat your depression to such an extent that you get rid of it completely; however, there are coping skills that you can use to make your depression less prevalent in your life. Making your depression less prevalent will not obliterate your depression, but it will lighten your load and make it so that you can have more good moments than bad moments in your life. I am no expert on depression, but I live to fight it on a daily basis, so I believe that makes me very qualified to write this article in which I provide you with five ways to cope with your depression.
Here Are Five Ways to Cope with Depression:
- Maintain a full schedule. Keep your schedule filled with positive, advantageous things that you can do, so that your depression will have less of a chance to prevail in your days. I have found that my depression tends to worsen and take control of me when I am idle and bored. If you do not have anything planned for the day, then plan and do something because it is always better, especially when you deal with depression, to be active. You could even volunteer your time, so that way you would be helping yourself and others at the same time, and it feels really good to know that your presence improved the existence of a fellow being.
- Stay focused on the reward. Work hard at the things you do every day and do so because of the reward that awaits you as payment for your arduous effort. If you can lose yourself in working really hard every day, then you will benefit in two ways. First, you will be so focused on working hard that you will not have time to think about being depressed. Second, your hard work will advance you greatly and give you more reasons to be happy about living. There is happiness in working hard and staying focused on the reward. Keeping your eyes on the prize is a great way to combat depression.
- Distance yourself from your triggers. If you have the identified the things or people (triggers) that make you depressed, then that is very liberating to know because you now know what or who to distance yourself from to avoid your negative emotional state of depression. I will acknowledge that it is sometimes difficult to stay away from your triggers and in such a case I would recommend that you prepare a way for yourself to stay away from your triggers forever or give your triggers as little attention as you can. Knowing what triggers you brings you another step above depression.
- Discuss your problems with someone. Talk to someone who you feel comfortable talking to about your depression and how it is a hindrance to your life. Sometimes just talking with someone can change how you feel and I can attest to that. There are even free hotlines dedicated to helping those who are depressed. Help is in so many places as long as you are willing to seek it out.
- Take long walks to clear your mind. There is something very therapeutic about going for walks, especially when it is just you and a nice, calming place to walk. Whenever you find yourself dealing with a multitude of negative thoughts all coming to you at once, then go for a walk to diminish the thoughts. When you go for a walk, do not focus on your thoughts and only focus on walking. You could also pay attention to your surroundings to make your mind focus on something other than your negative thoughts and depression.