Sometimes when we need help, the hardest thing to do is to ask for it. You want to help yourself through depression, but asking for help can leave you feeling vulnerable and insecure. It can leave you feeling weak, feeling alone, and feeling isolated.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Depression alone affects up to 300 million people. Of these 300 million individuals, 1 in 13 people will also suffer from anxiety. Despite these illnesses being treatable, less than half of the individuals who have these mental illnesses will actually receive treatment.
The year is 2019, and contrary to what you may believe, the negative stigmas around mental health have, for the most part, vanished.
It’s time that you get your life back and finally start living the life that you were meant to live. To help make it easier for you to know where to go and where to look for support, here are 5 ways to help yourself through depression.
5 Ways to Help Yourself Through Depression
1. TALK WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
These are the individuals who care about you the most. Whether you need a hug or just need somebody to talk to, be open and honest with them about how you are feeling. If you aren’t willing to be open and honest, how can you expect others to help you with an illness that they may not know exists?
I get it, at first it can be incredibly scary to talk with your family and friends about the thoughts that are going through your mind, but at the end of the day, I promise you that it will be worth it.
2. LET GO OF THE BELIEF THAT ASKING FOR HELP IS A WEAKNESS
Asking for any type of help is not a weakness. In fact, I would argue that it’s more of a strength than anything. It’s not easy to be open and vulnerable, but when you ask for help, it’s showing that you want to learn and grow into somebody that you currently are not.
Depression is a problem that does have many solutions. The more that you try to cover this problem, the darker and more challenging it can become to overcome. Plus, depression isn’t your fault, so quit blaming yourself and realize that everybody has obstacles that they are forced to overcome.
3. FIND AN OUTLET TO EXPRESS YOURSELF
I remember when my depression was at it’s worst, I would literally just sit and stare at a blank wall for hours. I didn’t know what to think, how to think, or even how to move. I felt paralyzed and confused.
The thing is, I was trying to lock my thoughts away in the back of my head. Eventually, these thoughts consumed my mind. It took away any sense of joy and creativity. As I had tried to lock my thoughts away, I had also locked myself away from both friends and family.
One thing that I wish I would have done differently would have been to express myself. Through writing, reading, talking, drawing, music, etc. find that outlet where you can express yourself and release those negative thoughts from your head. Trust me, they aren’t doing you any good being locked away.
4. TRY YOUR BEST TO FOCUS ON THE GOOD
Depression can also leave you feeling down about every aspect of life. It takes away all sense of happiness and excitement, and instead, it leaves you constantly feeling down and hopeless.
As challenging as it may be, try your best to find something positive to focus on. Maybe you are reading a good book, just got an “A” on an exam, or made the effort to challenge yourself to get to the gym, whatever it may be, focus on something good. If you can’t think of anything good, type in “happiness and positivity” into the YouTube search bar. There are thousands of videos that will help you to find something to be happy about.
5. TAKE SOME DEEP BREATHS AND RELAX
It’s difficult to breathe when you are feeling anxious or depressed, but find a quiet spot, close your eyes, and take 20 breaths as deep as you can. There is something about taking 20 breaths where it triggers your mind to let go and relax.
If it helps, get outside, go on a walk, and get some fresh air. If not, just find a quiet place, turn the lights out for a few minutes, and just focus on the air going into your body and the air leaving your body.
If you are experiencing depression, I think the main takeaway is to know that you are never alone. It’s not an easy journey, but you are strong!
Don’t be scared to reach out to somebody, whether it be a counselor, a doctor, a therapist, a family member, or even a friend. There are many people who would love to help you through your journey, you just need to be willing to seek help.
Yesterday’s post: 4 Ways To Stop Comparing Yourself To Other People