How many times have you felt so down and out? This is a phenomenon that each and everyone of us has in one way or the other experienced, some within a little period of time, others for some certain period.
Introverts tend to be more depressed than extroverts. Solitude is one factor which creates a route for depression to set in; and because extroverts are overtly buoyant and socially much active, they don’t often get into a depressed state.
What makes one depressed? Depression is a state in the mind or the brain, and it could cause some shallow or even deep rooted problems, not just the body but also to one’s entire life and wellbeing. Some of the onsets of depression could be as a result of:
→Tiredness (mentally and physically)
→Depressing thoughts (most likely)
Mood Swings: Mood refers to one’s current state of mind usually involving the activities one is engaged in. When one’s mood keeps swinging and changing from an elated state, a calm state or a sad state, depression tends to set in. Sometimes, the person might start wondering why his/ her mood keeps changing. Thinking deeply about it might get the person to start feeling rather inferior and then end up depressed. Mood swings should be handled with care. Flow with the tide and never try to force your mood back to what you want it to be. Mood is a psychological change and should not be treated like a physical change – where you can use force to determine what you want and when you want it.
For example: When you notice you are not in the mood to play games, don’t force yourself to play such a game. Attempting to do it could frustrate you and that could make you depressed. Just step out from the gaming console and find something else appealing instead of forcing your way through your mood.
Mental And/Or Physical Tiredness:
When you engage in an energy consuming activity for a long period of time, your strength wears out and you soon feel tired. Mentally, you can get tired when you also engage in a mental activity, like having a hard test/quiz, too much reading and reciting, lots of mental games. These can get your brain tired. When this happens, then stop and take a break. Also, if you’re the one making someone do those tiring activities, when you notice some signs of tiredness, make the person stop. Continuing further will bring the onset of depression.
Environmental Effects: The environment is a great source of exposure to all sorts of things, and those things could get one depressed and feeling inferior towards his/her fellow persons. There are some people who are emotionally fragile, and just to see a little accident around the neighborhood will get them depressed for a whole week. That is the reason why the environment is also a source or causative for depression and should be treated with utmost care.
Family Problems: Family could be bothersome at times. This is entirely nobody’s fault. When people get close, problems tend to arise, not because of what they do but because of their various differences. These problems arise so that differences will be resolved; but sometimes, these problems could get one depressed usually in serious cases where some emotional problems arise.
Depressing Thoughts: Thinking negative things can really depress your mind. Introverts think a lot when they’re alone and usually, their thoughts rotate around family, friends, and their social life. Sometimes they tend not to be satisfied with how much they have achieved and this wears them out. Sometimes they just feel inappropriate that they can’t do something well, Sometimes it’s because of a way he/ she is being treated by either friends or family and that creates an effect on them psychologically. These can increase the number of mood swings and get them depressed often; and sometimes, they take a lot of time to come out from it and that in turn limits what they should do or see to be done within that depressing time; and guess? That continues the cycle!
So it is very important to avoid depression and see to it that you make sure to evade from its prying eyes and feasting claws.
Depression can be dealt with. There are a number of ways to come out from it if you find yourself there and also ways to avoid getting into it.
Monitor your mood swings: Make sure you don’t flow against the tide. Once your mood changes, avoid things that will go against that.
Keep alert that you don’t wear yourself out. When tired, rest, do some other activity and don’t give thoughts to what you should have done if you had more energy.
Deal with every problem within its time of coming up. Don’t give it time to grow and thereby get you to do more thinking.
Steer clear from situations you know you can’t handle, get a buddy, ask for help. Don’t plunge into it without being sure of coming out.
It’s not entirely bad to do lots of thinking.
These are practical ways to deal with depression.. Think them through:
1.Get in a routine.
Organize your day well and never overstress yourself. Give up anything that is predisposing you to depression.
2.Set goals. Those who lead their lives aimlessly are prone to depression. To overcome depression, you should set goals for your life. When you are making efforts to accomplish them but encounter a series of failures, don’t lose hope or get depressed, rather review your goals, learn from your past mistakes and move on. Remember, there is no success without failure. Cheer up my beloved.
The hirsutism of a monkey does not display its diaphoresis.
That’s all men have their own problem in one form or the other, that they appear to be with none, shouldn’t the reason to get depressed. The only difference here is that they have learnt to rise above their troubles –holding unto God who can do all things.
3.Exercise regularly. Exercise doesn’t only keep our body in good health but enhances our mood and in turn arrests depression. Simple aerobic exercises like walking, biking, even swimming can be of great help to the depressed.
4.Eat healthy diet.
5.Get enough sleep.
6.Take on responsibilities. People who fail to accept full responsibility for their lives, rather they are quick to blame others for one misfortune or the other are usually prone to depression. But when we take full responsibility for our lives, we would accept those things that are beyond our capacity to change and in turn live happily.
7.Challenge negative thoughts. When you focus your mind on the brighter partner of life, then negative thoughts will flee away.
The best antidote to depression or other worries is counting our blessings, what God had done for us and we would always find reason to be happy despite all trials of life.
8.Check with your doctor before using supplements. Your qualified doctor can alleviate depression and live happily.
9.Do something new like visiting new places, learning new songs and so on. This will boost your mood and shunt depression.
10.Try to have fun with friends and family.
Nothing can be equated with the time spent with loved ones. Therefore, quit staying lonely –feeling sorry for yourself. Go out and spend time with others. Visit orphanages or even hospitals, extend care and love to those in need, for most of the time we find solutions to our own problems trying to brighten other people’s lives. I am a living testimony to this. Indeed, depression disappears when we are ready to be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face,kindness in your eyes,kindness in your smile. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier .