Depression is a difficult disease to deal with; it can quietly sneak up on you a little bit at the time without you knowing it. But there are steps you can take to help manage it.
Sometimes you feel so sad that you may just want to sit calmly by yourself and cry. You feel that you are shut-out from the world and just want to shout away pain. To make the situation worse, frequently you aren't even be able to identify a reason why you are in such a state. You just know you're "blue."
Depression has the ability to sap you not only of your mental strength and ability but your physical strength as well. Overcoming it is just like winning a battle against yourself. No one can be there with you all the time and it's a battle only you can win. Here are a few tips to help deal with your depression.
1. Admit the fact that you are depressed, this is an important step and will make your situation easier to deal with once you realize you have a problem.
2. Try to overcome your sense of low self-esteem, do this by building up your confidence buy doing activities you enjoy and are good at.
3. Sit down, take some time, and see if you can figure out what is causing you to be depressed, sometimes this is easier said than done, sometimes you just don't know why. But there may be a good reason you are depressed and you need to deal with the problem.
4. Start spending time with friends; avoid being in by you and feeling lonely. Just go outside once in a while and breathe a little fresh air. You might be surprise what a brisk walk outside on a sunny day can do to lift your spirits.
5. Avoid alcohol and other depressants. Although you may feel better for a little while is a false sense of security. Alcohol and other types of depressants make the situation worse.
6. Ask for help from family and friends; there is nothing wrong in doing this. Most of them probably already know something is wrong, many times they mistakenly assume they are the problem. Sit down and talk with the people you are close to.
7. If the condition continues to worsen you should consider consulting a physician and perhaps using medications to help you control your symptoms.
You can't allow yourself to just sit there and be depressed. It takes its toll on you, your family, and your friends - everyone suffers - not just you. So take control of the situation, take action, and try to move forward with your life.