Lately I have been reading tons and tons of articles about depression and I actually came to realise that a lot of people are going through depression in their lives and it’s actually so sad. I have mentioned in one of the previous articles I wrote this year that this whole awesome women platform aims to gravitate towards dealing with Mental health awareness through the blog and the actual serminars where we tackle women’s issues and try to create a safe space for women to express their thoughts and burdens and also build meaningful relationships.
Now depending on the context in which you want to put it, depression is a mental health illness and I know that some people can argue that for as long as you have not been medically diagnosed then you really aren’t depressed because this issue is way deeper and real than what most people tend to think. But now, what if I put it to you that you don’t necessarily have to be diagnosed to know that you have a medical problem but rather, when you know how you feel in and on your body and all the symptoms are there then no one has the right to actually debate with you as to wether you are or aren’t suffering from a certain medical problem.
Honey, depression is real and I’d like to think that it can happen to anyone because we all face hurdles in life that present themselves unexpectedly and we therefore tend to overthink things and that’s where it all starts. This may sound pretty absurd but let me say this, we as people tend to make our current state of being worse by trying to deal with things on our own because we often underestimate depression because we think its just a state that’s just passing by.
Can you just stop right there for a moment and deal with the elephant Infront of you before it’s too late. Please follow the following steps that will help you deal with depression because this mental health problem is real and it can drive you insane.
HOW TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION
#1 Find the route cause of the hurdle you are facing, it might probably be one of these things listed: Relationship breakup, friendship breakup, financial scarcity, unemployment, death, not felling good enough about yourself, debt, workpoace/office politics etc)
#2Once you have identified the cause, you need to teach yourself to accept your situation as it is because it won’t change overnight
#3 Now get a journal and write down how you feel about the situation, from the day it started until the present moment , release all those emotions.
#4 It’s time for you to tell yourself that what has happened cannot be changed but you can turn your life around by dealing with the issue at hand
#5 Speak to someone you trust, and let them know what you are going through. Ever heard of the word ‘vent’? yes vent to someone who actually cares to listen. They probably will give you some advice
#6 I know this may sound cliche but you need to try to focus on the positive things that are happening in your life and well I know that when you are depressed you actually feel like everything is upside down in all spheres of your life and you tend to have a sense of hopelessness and giving up on life ,but there must be something positive going on, like the fact that you are alive and I mean this may be taken lightly but honey seriously now, there’s someone lying on a hospital bed fighting for their life so come on now be greatful for life .
#6 Get professional help if you feel like all of the above mentioned isn’t really helping you.
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I hope this article will be of good help.
Much love and blessings
Author: Eve Bodirwa
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