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I want you to know though that depression is not the end of you, it is like a gloomy raincloud that comes before the sun comes out, and it dims your lives for a while and then goes as if it never happened. Until it comes back again. I’m not trying to be funny, depression comes back it doesn’t just magically go away, but it affects people differently, mine is not that frequent but yours could be better or worse.
What to do when depression hits you hard
1. Realize and accept I am depressed:
Accepting you have depression is the most important thing ever. When you know you are depressed you are in the right frame of mind to figure out why you are depressed and consciously do something about it.
2. Don’t try to force it or fix things:
You might have a lot of things to do then depression hits and you might feel like those things are the most important things in your life. That you have to stop that feeling and force yourself.
Doing that is pushing it to the back of your mind forcefully. When you do that you are building it up and it will hit you harder. Just recognize it, remember you are the most important thing in your life and take care of yourself first.
Let it live for some time it’ll pass, just don’t lose yourself in it.
3. Try to live mindfully with it in mind:
When I have tasks to do but I don’t have the zeal, power to do them, I remind myself, okay it’s the depression (I never say I am depressed because saying it is owning it, it’s not my thing, it’s something I never want to be in. it’s okay to realize that you are depressed but to say that to yourself on a daily basis is a no no) so I say I can’t do this right now, I’ll do it later, there’s no problem.
4. Try to be productive:
This is the hardest thing because it’s like all the energy is sucked out of you. But there are tiny things you can do to be more productive, self-care is being productive.
Try to do things that are a part of you, use your creativity, explore your passion. Low energy tasks like writing a poem, a passage, drawing, cooking are a great way to boost your mood and decrease the feelings of depression
Read: Productive things to do that will stop negative thoughts
5. Look forward to something better:
Know that meditation is just for some period of time. It is like a dark cloud that will pass. Know that everything will turn out better, remember the days previous to how it started and meditate through it. Visualize the happy days to come and I promise you the day will come faster
6. Don’t let yourself sink:
Never let yourself wallow, don’t accept the feeling, you are not depression and depression is not you. You are fun you are happy and strong if things don’t go well never say you are depressed that’s it everything is over, never submit to it. You are you, you are strong, powerful, you control your life.
7. Practice self-care:
The best self-care for me is walking, especially in a field of green, watching Mother Nature, taking a bath, organizing. Normally when my head is messy I am messy, when I am stressed, have a lot on my mind, I am messy and to me when I am organized my head clears, so I try as much as I can to do a cleaning spree, nothing major just arrange my desk, my bed, closet, books, clean some things, take a full shower and drink water.
Feeling clean and seeing the brightness from the cleaning lifts me up a lot. Find what helps you feel better and do it.
Read: 99 ways to practice self-care
I am not a health practitioner, I am in no place to give you professional advice but from a person to another, we need support, support from one who goes through it, using these tips will not take your depression away overnight though it helps accelerate the process faster. If you have tried to no avail it is time to meet a professional.
Never think it’s embarrassing, get help and come back, the world needs you.
Things to ever do when you are depressed
Never isolate yourself:
Isolation will lead you to overthinking, it will make you push people away and when you do that you feel no one wants you, no one cares which will make you feel worse
Don’t listen to sad songs and depressing stories:
Depressing stories that never end well will make you relate, it’s okay to for some while but when you are used to feeling empathy, feeling sad emotions you will create scenarios in your head as if they happened to you will make your depression worse. Try to watch comedy, happy songs, and see the bright light, you may hate them at first but eventually, you will start feeling them.
Don’t deny it or try to hide it:
Depression is nothing to be ashamed of don’t hide it, you don’t have to tell everyone but telling someone will make things easier, lift that load off your chest. Depression is not a disease everyone goes through it, people just hide it. don’t please
Never self-harm or even think of suicide:
Harming yourself is the worst thing you can do to yourself. You should never feel worthless or not special or not deserving of happiness. Suicide should never be your last resort, remember the hardest part is the past before the best things happen. This is where your affirmations come in. practice your affirmations daily
On a Final Note:
This was a very long and detailed post, all these are things I learned along the way from my experiences books, and lessons from others, all these are easy tasks you can start implementing today to prevent depression from hitting you hard. Pick a few of your favorites and start implementing them now.
Relax, live, be happy, and know that depression is not the end of you, it is okay, and there are people that will support you. Depression does not own you, you own yourself and can decide what happens with your life
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