I’m going to do a series of how to cope with depression, anxiety, extreme anger and sadness. This first post I will discuss depression.
I think depression itself has a huge stigma attached to it. I know, to be blatantly honest, I used to think people with depression just needed to suck it up. Then I realized, after I learned more about depression, that it is like a tight grip on your entire life, emotions, thoughts…everything.
I think I have learned a lot about depression here recently since I have been dealing with not getting sleep – I don’t think people realize how important sleep is to overall mental health. I mean, I wasn’t sleeping on my days off or the days I worked. I felt exhausted all the time, never wanted to do anything but lay on the couch. If you have read my, How to Ease Anxiety with Natural Supplements post then you will see that I am not big on pharmaceutical medication or anything that isn’t natural. But something I realized is that if it helps me feel better, then it may help my life overall. Medication is tricky because some of it has side effects that are just not worth even taking the medication, some of it can become addictive and others aren’t that bad. At the end of the day you have to decide what is most important and worth it to you.
I don’t think people understand all forms of depression. Not all depression is severe, but it isn’t all just simple either. Some depression can be from stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety, life situations, work, a ton of things can cause depression, but regardless you can get through it.
First off, recognize your depression. Feeling exhausted, sad, uneasy, lacking motivation, eating too much, or not eating at all, mood-swings, hopelessness and some people may have suicidal tendencies. Depression is different for everyone, but regardless of that it is still a difficulty for anyone to over come.
If you are like me and have a hard time taking a lot of chemically altered medication, just weigh your options. For instance, I was tired of not sleeping and the tole it took on me, so I realized it wasn’t worth it. I started taking this over-the-counter medication called, Unisom Sleep Aid – it has literally done wonders…
All in all, my best advice is to just figure out what gives you that boost of encouragement, happiness, hope or anything that is a serious positive influence in your life and go with it. If it be hanging out with your family or friends, hobbies, or getting away from your responsibilities for little bit.
If you are having trouble sleeping and that is the culprit to all your issues, try whatever you can and if it doesn’t work I seriously suggest going to the doctor. Sleep deprivation can not only lead to depression, but it can be a issue of an underlying disease.
Ultimately, don’t neglect yourself. You want to make sure you don’t get to a point where you feel like you can’t pick yourself up and continue on. Remember, you are worth it, you are here for a reason. Don’t be ashamed if you are struggling with depression more people do than you think!
Here is a link to purchase the Unisom Sleep Aid off of amazon. Click on the photo to purchase!
Please comment with your suggestions on dealing with depression.
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