It Works For Them, Why Not Me?
Over our time of supporting teenagers and young adults with depression, it has become clear that everybody has different needs and ways of coping with their depression. Some find useful strategies on how to cope whereas some others may not be able to find anyway of finding a strategy to cope with their depression, this is because depression affects everybody differently, and therefore one coping strategy may not work for all.
Some find music helpful. Music shares a great deal of emotion and there is almost any song that can speak a thousand words of emotion to the listener. So maybe updating your iPod could help? To some, music isn’t a help at all, but exercise is. Exercise can help just like music in learning to live with depression.
What Can I Do To Help My Depression?
Very often the first answer is tablets. However some anti-depressants do not work immediately, so you could be waiting weeks for them to settle and work in your body. So it is important to find a way to keep yourself busy, keeping yourself busy can be hard if you are depressed, but it can help to occupy your mind for a few hours and to keep your mind from worrying over everything. Of course, if you cannot keep yourself busy, maybe writing a short story could help? Living in somebody else’s world may help yours feel a little easier for a short time.
Sometimes counselling can help find solutions to adapting your life around your depression, counselling is a popular choice for dealing with depression, but contacting your doctor first is probably the best move in helping you help your depression.
Keep Your Trusted Friends Close
In life, we meet many people, some we immediately get on with and others we cannot get on so well with, so it can be very challenging when experiencing depression knowing who you can talk to and who you can trust. Remember that talking about your worries, anxieties and problems is never a bad thing and talking to somebody you can trust about your feelings is a better thing to do. You know that you can trust them and that they will support you, rather than just telling anybody who may not be as genuine or supportive.
Sharing is caring after-all and even if you feel as if you cannot talk verbally to your family members or friends, why not write notes? Express your feelings and don’t keep them bottled up, it isn’t easy hiding your thoughts and feelings, so be open if you can, keep a diary and write everything you feel in that.
Getting Enough Sleep
It is recommended that everyone has 8 hours of sleep a night, if you cannot sleep and have tried making notes of your worries and feelings then you may need to consider getting sleeping tablets. Doctors usually do not like giving these out on long-term basis, but if you speak with your doctor over the treatment, they may be able to help you get back into a sleeping routine.
Healthy eating with depression is important. Sometimes appetites are lost or increased, this depends on how you react to your depression. Comfort eating can become a new thing and with this, weight will be piled onto you and losing your appetite will not be healthy for you or good when trying to cope with depression, as depression can physically and mentally drain you, its vital to eat some food to get energy levels from that supply.
You may feel unable to leave the house or want to hide away from the world, but have you thought about keeping active? Gardening and working out are just a few suggestions of how to keep active and look after yourself at the same time, perhaps you would feel a little better after?
Try Battling the Negative
If your mind feels negative, see if you can find out the reason behind that negativity, focus on it and then see if it is important or if you can clear it out of your head. Sometimes, little things turn into big problems for us, so by doing this you will be clearing out the negatives to make room for some positives, which should help lift your mood.
Believe In Yourself
It is always easier said then done when you feel down, but believing in yourself can help you feel better about yourself. On days where you feel slightly happier, tell yourself that you can achieve what you want, action this and start to work towards how you can make it happen. If you don’t feel you can feel good about yourself, speak with somebody and try to understand why you feel the way you do. This is the thinking that could help.
Get A Pet
Sometimes a furry friend really is the answer to helping you cope, a furry friend that you can enjoy and spend time with, even tell your problems with. A pet can be a great way forward and a way to keep you occupied and active.
Ever thought you must make more “me” time? Well when you have depression, it is important that you do have time to take care of yourself. Many with depression experience anxiety and panic too, this can be caused over tiny problems, but appear a big deal to them. It is important that these problems are recorded, over-time you will then be able to read over your notes and what you have recorded to see what the problem is and how it has affected you, you may be able to cut this problem out of your life, the fewer problems the better!
If you’re similar to me, I lay awake at night worrying over past, current and possible future problems, I lay awake for hours and often cannot get to sleep. I usually worry about me and other people, some who I haven’t seen or heard from in a while, but still classed as important to me. It is important to make a list of everything I feel, as I too can then cut out unneeded problems. I find that writing lists helps somewhat, in the respect that I will not have to worry about forgetting or getting confused over the details. I often get confused if I do not do this, as my sleep pattern is ruined. It is suggested that every person gets around 8 hours of sleep a night, sometimes I am lucky to get 5 hours of sleep a night, so it is important to keep your worries out of your sleep and take note, although sometimes you cannot keep these worries out of your head, at least you will have expressed your feelings.