Depression is a huge problem for all kinds of different people. It is thought that one in four adults will seek help for depression at some point in their lives, but the percentage who will actually experience depression could well be a lot higher. For some people, depression is something that only comes on periodically, whereas for others it is a constant, chronic situation. For some sufferers, depression is also accompanied by other issues like anxiety.
Struggling With Depression
Depression can be very debilitating, because it can cause the sufferer to feel unable to cope with the things they feel they have to do, like going in to work every day, or maintaining positive relationships with friends, partners and family. It can make it very hard to find the motivation to do anything, and then anxiety can set in because nothing is getting done.
If this sounds like a familiar feeling to you, then the good news is there are lots of ways to combat depression and make life feel more manageable. Not all of them require you to take medicine, or to go through counseling – while these methods are effective, they are not for everyone.
If you would like to make taking on your depression and beating it for good your goal for the new year, here are some things to put in your action plan:
Make Lifestyle Changes
For a lot of people, changing their lifestyle can be enough to fight depression on its own, however the depression itself can make it hard to take action and implement these changes. It has been shown in many studies that regular exercise – as simple as it may sound – is great for helping depressed people. If you can find the will to start a program of running, going to the gym, or doing a new sport, you may find that this will give you the boost you need to start making other changes too. Cutting out alcohol is another good move, as is adopting a healthier diet. Many people also find things like meditation to be helpful. Try first with things you can do for yourself, and if you begin to see results, just keep on moving in that direction!
Investigate Treatment Options
There are lots of things that are used in medicine to aid people with depression, from well known anti-depressant drugs through to herbal remedies like St John’s Wort, and non-invasive or drug based approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – a fairly new approach to treating depression which shows some excellent results and is practiced by clinics like Smart Brain and Health. Knowing about the different treatments that are used can help you prioritize which ones you’d like to try, and which you find less appealing, so when you seek help you can have an idea of what you want.
Through making positive changes for yourself and seeking out treatment that you are comfortable with, you can take measures to try and beat your depression, and make 2016 the start of your happier, more motivated life!