When we are diagnosed with depression and prescribed medication, is there anything else we can do?
Definitely, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, however desperate or helpless we may feel! We are capable of doing so much for ourselves. It is none less than an outstanding achievement having asked for help and accepted medication or therapy, in the first place. Yet, it may benefit us more to think of changing our attitudes towards life, add coping skills to our tool belts, and find appropriate outlets for our stress.
Self-help is an essential component of overcoming depression. It is about recognizing one’s weaknesses and strengths, likes and dislikes. By evaluating ourselves we empower ourselves; setting the stage for true change towards a rewarding and productive life. We can take care of and help ourselves in many ways, including:
- Support: It is important to work on and maintain supportive relationships. In a way it prevents our isolation and sense of loneliness as well as boosting our self-confidence. Talking to a spouse or a friend or a parent, may be all the treatment we need especially in mild depression. Even though they may not have solutions or definite advice but just having them listen to us may boost our mood and satisfy our need of feeling loved and appreciated.
- Nutrition: It would definitely be worthwhile if we could work on making healthy and well-balanced meals a habit. We had discussed this in one of the earlier blogs, which you may checkout in the following link:
- Exercise: Taking up a sport or exercising is always a great idea, given the countless benefits resulting from either. Even though it may be the last thing in our mind, when it comes to dealing with depression, exercise is an asset.
- Music appears to affect brain systems that control emotions and thus may improve our mood. So let us keep that playlist rolling!
- Watching a funny movie or a TV show may provide all the distraction we need, away from the negative thinking that usually haunts us in depression.
- Dance has been found to lower levels of stress hormones and significantly lowers levels of depression. Isn’t that convenient? So next time when our favorite tune is on, let us all promise to dance away, we will fight the urge not to, and dance away!
- Books: There are many useful self-help books such as The Feeling Good Handbook, that are available on the market today to help us overcome our depression.
Ultimately, it is helpful to acknowledge that our cure lies within us. We are capable, strong and worthy. So let us all do our best to help ourselves because we deserve that.
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~ Faten B., Humans of Depression Representative
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