What Will You Do With Your Depression Today
Depression. How do we deal with depression? There is more depression in this day and age than any. Could it be the constant change or the constant need for more? Maybe for the insecurities being put on us with doubting our government and whether or not we will eat the next day.
What if it is the constant loss that many of us face on a regular basis? With families being broken and confusion being put on our kids. The constant fear that now lives in our societies. No longer is there the hunt and gather type of mindset but the shop and buy.
More more more.
The worst part is that everyone says how they want to love others but they only do it two times a year. Thanksgiving when we pretend to be thankful (I’m sure many of us actually mean it) or Christmas which is now about presents and good cheer that is only spread when we feel it has been spread to us. Yes, this society has become a leech for bouts like depression and anxiety where our fear and loss of control over our lives takes precedence over everything. Everything that goes in and comes out of our mouths as well as in and out of our pockets.
How could I possibly say or think this? It’s how I see a lot. I look at my own situations and circumstances knowing full well most of it is my own fault. In debt. Well, don’t spend so much. Yet the bills need to be paid. Meanwhile, the credit card companies call. Also wanting their money. That we spent.
Yes, this society is filled with depression.
Not to mention the judgemental people (myself included) that put our yolks of bondage (that we ourselves can’t even bare) on others. We say people shouldn’t spend more than they make. And yet rent cost more than half of our check. If we want to pay less then we have to live in bad neighborhoods where murder and robbery are high. Now, the rent is high there as well.
Then let’s look at our healthcare. Some say stuff like “at least they have healthcare”. To a point this is true. Yet if we make more than a certain amount they take it away and if it’s through our employers then we are paying high deductibles. We don’t go to a doctor because we can’t afford the bill. Then we get emotional due to all the stress and end up in front of a psychologist for depression. Depression that is probably circumstantial.
We have to learn how to deal with our stress, anxiety, and depression.
One way to do this is to talk regularly with God. Giving him all your worries because he cares for you. Reading the word which is the sword and shield to deal with all life’s troubles. Not only does he want you to go to his kingdom but also to live out his kingdom here on earth. When we lean fully on him we can receive that confidence and faith that it’s all gonna be alright.
We have worry and fear down to a T. We know how to do it and are really, really good at it. Meditation is the same thing except we are focusing on something positive to turn around our mood, emotions, balance or life. Meditation can help to stabilize us. If we get in the habit of focusing on the positive then in the onset of a depressive mood we can more easily turn it around.
Exercise or activities
Exercising or participating in regular physical activities helps to create endorphins for that good mood chemical that our bodies naturally create. The more exercise the better. Physical activity is good for balancing your moods and your weight keeping off extra pounds that will induce depression. Good exercise habits keep depression at bay for many.
Eating right and Staying Hydrated
Balanced nutrition and eating foods that are good for you helps to keep your bodies chemicals balanced thereby reducing a reason to become depressed. When we eat what we are supposed to eat then we receive the nutrients that keep us healthy. Healthy body healthy mind. Unless there is something else going on with the mind. That means fewer potato chips, sugar, and cake. While chocolate is my favorite fruit, if I keep eating it then I will continue to be unhealthy. Water is a huge deal too. If we don’t get enough of it then we are dehydrated which will also make us depressed.
This nation is full of stress. It’s up to us to reduce it before we fall into depression.
Depression affects at least half of the population at one time or another. The reasons above might be why. Some say one in 15 adults and 16% of people will be depressed at one point or another in their lives. Yet still, others say half the total world’s population will deal with depression in their lives.
That is a lot of people dealing with depression.
There are people who require medication to help with the symptoms for a short or long period, depending on the severity of their symptoms. And then there are people who need medication but don’t take it. Also are the ones who don’t need medication at all.
Symptoms of depression have a wide range and variety. You could just feel sad and want to be alone. Or maybe being sad makes you want to find others to hang out with. Maybe you have no interest in activities you once enjoyed. If you have trouble eating, sleeping or functioning in or out of crowds for more than two weeks, you could be dealing with some symptoms of depression.
Depression affects our moods and how we see the world in general. It could lead to demeaning thoughts or make us feel like our feelings or behaviors are out of control. Often times people who experience depression may also be dealing with a secondary disorder as well. Such as anxiety, bipolar or obesity.
Some people with depression might end up using food or some other substance like drugs or alcohol to try to control the symptoms. Many people who experience depression don’t go see their primary care physician before checking into counseling or psychiatry. Not all but a lot of the people who do this do not have depression but their body is telling them they do because the symptoms for some of the problems in the body are the same as a depressed person.
There are others issues that mimic depression like thyroid issues, food allergies, vitamin deficiencies and dehydration. Yes, I said dehydration. If you’re not getting enough water it is bad for the brain as I already mentioned.
Whichever group you’re in there are consequences to the choice you make. Again, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Today I woke up wanting to drink my problems away. I didn’t but I wanted to. My head was fuzzy and I couldn’t concentrate on much of anything. I had no idea what to eat as I am still learning to eat right and the thought of leaving the house made me ill as I knew I was not in a good mood.
I started fighting it. the depression that I have had on and off all my life. In 2001 I was diagnosed with bipolar and had an 8 year run with medication that destroyed my life. I no longer take any medication except what is natural. So, How did I start fighting?
I drank some water
I have been dehydrated lately and struggling to get enough water. When I worked the day job, I drank a water bottle every break and one before and after the start of my shift. Refilled when got home and started over the next day. But with my being home I can’t seem to remember to drink it enough.
Did some exercise
Yesterday I began doing the exercises I keep saving to my Pinterest. I picked one and planned on spending the rest of the week doing it and was planning to pick another one next week. But am now thinking I should stay on the same one the whole week. I am such horrible shape that my 40 situps are just me getting my body as high off the ground as I can without injuring myself. But this helped in dealing with my depression.
Distraction can have a positive role in a negative situation. I distracted myself by focusing on writing about what I was going through and also the laundry. I wasn’t going to the laundry because it requires me to either hand dry stuff by hanging it all over the house or going to the laundry mat until my dryer is fixed. But I needed a distraction. So I did it.
Using A Mood Lamp
I used my mood lamp several times today trying to pull myself out of my bad mood. It did help.
Blocking Numbers On My Phone
I know this one isn’t very nice but I can’t think of another way. Just because I am a month late doesn’t mean you are not going to get paid. And calling me over and over is not a good business strategy. Well, maybe it is. But for me, it just makes me block you. As soon as I have money I will pay you.
These are the ways I have begun to lower my stress. Many of the problems I have I can’t do much about. What I can do, I am doing. By lowering my stress I am also lowering my depression. Also, check out sparkpeople.com. Sometimes they are a real lifesaver.