Sometimes, depression can seem like an impossible mountain to overcome. You may feel totally defeated in your ongoing battle with it. But, please take heart, because there are several effective ways to alleviate depression. Here are 12 practical suggestions for you to consider.
1. Recognize the signs. Pay close attention to clues indicating that depression may be present in your life. If interaction with people is increasingly distressful, and if you find your self constantly withdrawing, you may be depressed. If you're unable to control your appetite, misusing alcohol, or overeating, depression may be lurking nearby.
If you're experiencing many aches and pains for which there is no real physical basis, this may signal an emotional problem. If you've lost interest in activities, which used to bring pleasure, such as hobbies, and there is also lowered libido, depression may be present. If you struggle with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and if death seems to offer a way out, you're likely depressed.
2. Re-analyze the feelings. Once you identify your depression, attempt to analyze the specific feelings associated with it. Why do you have these feelings? What triggers them? When are they triggered? Are they proportionate to the event which triggers them? Remember, some depressions result from loss. If this can be identified, allow your self to experience the sadness about the loss without feeling guilty about the emotion.