Depression is a common illness that many people suffer from. It is very common to have depression plague you throughout your life, or to have years where you are fine and then years where you struggle. The important thing is learning the proper coping skills so that when the hard times do come, you know how to handle them so that you can still live a happy and fulfilling life. Here are some important things to remember when dealing with depression.
1. Turn It Over To A Higher Power
The first thing that you must do is turn your illness over to a higher spiritual guide. Recognize that you cannot heal yourself and that believing that you can do so will only make your more frustrated with yourself. You are not weak for feeling depressed. Instead, you must recognize that this is not something that you can do on your own and you need the help of the Lord.
Prayer and supplication will be a major factor in how well you are able to cope with the depression. When you feel like you can't go on, turn it over to the Lord and let him help you. It is okay that you can't do everything on your own, accept the Lord's love and his help.
2. Keep Moving
When you feel depressed the last thing you want to do is exercise and move, but that is exactly what you need to do. Your body produces endorphins when you exercise. These hormones give you the feeling of being happy, take away pain and can give you a sense of well being. When you are depressed, you may just want to sleep or do very little movement; however, this is the worst thing you can do. It will become a vicious cycle that will make it harder and harder to get back on your feet. So try to get out each day and get your body moving.
3. Take Care Of Yourself
You should listen to your body and take care of yourself at all times. If you can tell that you are at your breaking point, stop and work through some mental exercises, or have some alone time. Preventing an emotional breakdown will be so much easier than recovering from one. Don't push yourself too hard; if you do you could experience a serious break down.
By doing these things you can better manage your depression.