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7 Intelligent Ways to Deal With Depression
How to Deal With Depression
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. And if you are suffering from this disease, there is an increased risk of getting other diseases, such as heart disease.
Furthermore, if you are a heart patient, depression can lead to a worsening of your condition.
So, how do you deal with depression in college so that it will not worsen your health status? What can you do to manage yourself when you feel sad? How do you deal with depression in a relationship or after a breakup? What do you do when negative thoughts worry you? How do you deal with depression at work? How do you deal with depression as a wife, patient, as a result of being single, or which is caused by grief?
In this article, I want to show you how to deal with depression so that you can avoid getting a heart disease or any other health problem connected to this condition.
Now, what are some of the strategies you can use to help you overcome this condition?
Take L-tyrosine In The Morning
According to Dr. Priscilla Slagle , a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, taking between 1000 and 3000 mg of the amino acid L-tyrosine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, followed by a B-complex Vitamin supplement 30 minutes later, with breakfast, can help a person to boost his or her mood. This is because L-tyrosine converts in the brain to norepinephrine, a chemical that promotes positive moods and which gives us motivation and drive.
Write Down Your Feelings
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can have a therapeutic effect on you, it can help you to feel emotionally and psychologically released, and that can help you to feel better.
So, to deal with depression:
- on one quiet day when you are feeling very sad or lonely, sit down in a quiet place where you can focus without disturbance.
- Play inspirational or motivational music in the background. Alternatively, play motivational speeches to yourself.
- Then, pick up your diary or jotter and create two columns on a page.
- Label the first column “How I Feel”, and the second column “The Wrong Thoughts That Trouble Me”.
- Write your feelings in the appropriate column and the negative thoughts that worry you in the other column.
- Read over what you have written and heave a heavy sigh of relieve.
By writing those feeling s and thoughts on paper, you will find it easy to identify the thoughts that make you feel miserable. Consequently, you will find ways to control your triggers better.
Steer Away From Whiners And Complainers
Sometimes the negative words we hear from people who are always grumbling, murmuring, and complaining can rub off on us and make us adopt negative ways of thinking, which can make us feel even more depressed.
Therefore, do your best to avoid spending a lot of time with whiners and complainers. Limit the amount of time you spend with your friends or family members who dampen your spirit further, and who make you feel as though a wet blanket has been put on you or your tooth has been removed.
Rather, choose to spend time with friends and family members who have a positive outlook on life, who crack jokes to make you laugh, who encourage you to talk about the good things happening in your life, and who cheer you up with positive words of encouragement every time they see you. They will deposit positive words in you which will make you feel hopeful about life, which will make you think positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts, and that will affect your mood and make you feel upbeat about life.
Deal With Your Worries The Healthy Ways
Worrying unnecessarily can contribute to make you even more depressed. When you continue to consider only the negative side of things, when you focus on negativity and you mull over past mistakes, or when you worry about whether you will survive tomorrow, whether your needs will be supplied tomorrow, it can worsen your depression.
So, have you forgotten that your head is still above the water; and yet if someone had told you that you would have to go through what you have actually gone through, you would have said that it was impossible. The lesson you must remind yourself of often is that somehow you have ben enabled to bear the unbearable and to do the undoable and to pass the breaking point and not to break and so it is unnecessary to worry about tomorrow.
Therefore, step outside your house or your apartment, walk to a park or stand at a location where you can admire nature. Listen to the birds singing, watch birds flying in the sky and think about the bounty which is behind nature. Then think about God, think about the love behind nature and trust that the love that lies behind that bounty will take care of you. That will give you peace of mind, you will feel hopeful about tomorrow, and your soul will find rest.
Express Your Gratitude
Research shows that when a person is grateful, it can help that person to feel happy. I experienced a series of disappointments which made me suffer depression: after I finished my University education an uncle who was working on securing a job for me died, I fell sick for over two years, I found it difficult to get a job after I recovered from sickness, my writing career was not doing too well when I started writing and that made me very sad and depressed.
However, when I started the practice of showing gratitude to God for what He has done for me in the past, when I started thanking Jehovah for His mercies and His grace, I started feeling happy and great inside. This practice helps me to deal with depression effectively.
Therefore, when you feel sad
- pick a sheet of paper and create three columns on it;
- label the first column “Good Things That Have Happened To Me This Week”, label the middle column “Good Things That Have Happened To Me This Month”, and label the last column “Why I Should Be Grateful” ;
- write 20 favorable things that happened to you in the past week in the first column, 100 good things you have experienced in the last 30 days in the middle column, and indicate why you should appreciate the good things that have happened to you (what value those good things have added to your life);
- keep the sheet with you and refer to it whenever you feel sad or when your mood starts getting bad.
By doing this exercise, you will appreciate your life better, you will see that though things may not be happening as you expect it, there are still some good things that are happening in your life and that will give you hope that your bad situation or your bad circumstances can change, which will help to cheer you up.
A study conducted by the University College of Dublin has found that when a depressed person socializes, it can help him or her to alleviate the symptoms of the depression.
Therefore, when you feel sad, or when negative thoughts start bombarding your mind, go out and share your feeling s and thoughts with a friend over a meal or over a drink of coconut water, or call an old school mate and chat about the days at school, happy times you have shared together, or about some funny moments you both experienced whilst you were in school.
When you socialize, it will help you to distract yourself, you will be able to fill your mind with fresh thoughts as you converse with your friend, and that will help you to feel renewed. Additionally, it will help you to regain your self-confidence and you may become hopeful about life again.
Worship Jehovah Every Day
This is another thing I do when I am depressed and it makes me feel relieved, I feel fine, it boosts my mood positively and I am able to go about my daily duties with joy in my heart and with peace of mind.
So, every day, you may choose to worship God thus: “O Heavenly Father, merciful and gracious Father, kind and good God, Eternal One, Wonderful Creator, I worship You for the wonders of Your hands—when I consider my body, when I consider how wonderful my hands, legs, eyes, and ears are, I just marvel at Your greatness. I am amazed by the fact that my heart keeps on beating from minute to minute , and I give You the glory for that. Lord, the sun, moon, stars, and vast expanse of the sky remind me that You are an Awesome God, a God with great power and might. Jehovah-jireh, You are the Great Provider who takes care of over 7 billion people and I glorify Your Holy Name for Your merciful and gracious provision which sustains me from day to day. Father, I give you the glory for providing me with clothes to wear, for giving me somewhere to lay my head, and for protecting me from accidents as I go about my daily activities. Glory be to Your Name that I have a job, that I am gainfully employed so that I can earn money to take care of myself. Immortal, Invisible, Invincible, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Lord, Holy and Just God, God of love, I praise You and I worship You today.”
This is how to deal with depression: take L-tyrosine in the morning before you eat, put your thoughts and feelings into words and write them down, avoid people who will poison your spirit with negativity, deal with your worries by reminding yourself of God’s love for you, be grateful for your blessings every day, socialize often, and give God the glory for His mercies to you.
How to Deal With Depression
Do you worship God often?
© 2017 Isaac Nunoofio