How and why a person begins suffering from Depression varies from person to person. For some, it’s hereditary; for others, circumstances seem to just stack up against them until they crack under the pressure. While others may learn the ‘behavior’ of Depression if it’s all they know growing up. Children who get older mature into adulthood while struggling with anxiety and depression, in most cases, have depressed parent(s).
Just as the severity of each individual’s level of depression varies, so can a person’s approach to dealing with, and combating, depression.
5 Healthy Ways to Cope with Depression
Find your “new normal.” For any addict there is comfort in routine, which is part of why it’s so hard to break the habit. Once you’ve identified you have an issue that needs help, it’s easier to start making changes that will take you down the road to recovery.
Get up and get moving. Exercise and activity will not only distract you, but is beneficial to your overall health. Walking, joining or gym, or if you aren’t ready to be out in public just yet, organizing your home room by room are all great ways to keep busy. Plus, when you see the benefits, you’ll feel accomplished.
Writing is therapeutic. Escaping into a fictional world can be just as helpful to a writer as the reader who ultimately purchases the finished product. Creating a story allows you to explore and play with characters without limits, making it a perfect channel for alleviating anger, jealousy, lust, and even sadness. You could also keep a journal or diary for tracking your emotional journey, struggles and accomplishments. You may begin to recognize a pattern of what triggers depressive episodes and can learn to avoid those situations. Writing can also help you organize your thoughts for when you’re going to meet with your doctor or therapist.
Don’t underestimate therapy. It’s important to share your thoughts and feelings when battling depression. Keeping these things bottled up and inside only serves to perpetuate the illness. Meeting for group therapy, private therapy, or at the very least, regular checkups with your medical doctor is crucial to your treatment. You don’t have to tackle depression alone.
Open your eyes to a fresh outlook. If you’ve made strides in recovery, this could involve you finding a way to guide others in your situationsuch as leading therapy groups, speaking at schools, or volunteering for a Depression Hotline. The important thing is to keep looking forward.
If you or someone you love is battling depression in relation to a drug addiction or substance abuse disorder, contact Treatment Now for a free consultation.