I’ve suffered from depression for as long as I can remember and when it hits, it hits hard and sucks! Over the years, mine has subsided but not with ease, and I’ve had little ways on how to cope when it comes along.
Now obviously I’m no expert on getting rid of it, nowhere near, and I’m still learning how to deal with it myself.
So I’d like to share how I’ve learnt to tackle depression. They’re how I cope when it comes along and hopefully, it’ll be useful for some of you guys.
Listen to music and let those tears out
Bottling up your anger, your sadness or any negative feeling is bad full stop. It eats away at you and that’s when little things start to set you off shouting or crying in big bursts because you’ve had it bottled inside. Put on your favourite music and cry it out when you’re feeling sad, it’ll make you feel SO much better!
Puzzles, doodling and any mindless distraction
distractions are fantastic repellants of depression because you’re thinking of something else. I find it hard to focus on a distraction, but that’s when mindfulness comes into it. Mindfulness is when you focus completely on one thing, like building a puzzle or colouring in the lines and I suppose it numbs the severe feelings when you’re depressed so that you can then slowly pick yourself back up.
Exercise or punch something!
When I say punch something, I mean a punching bag or a pillow. Don’t go punching hard things that’ll hurt you. Taking up a sport can be so daunting and I for one hate team games, I get anxious with the pressure and just no. But you can do some on your own, like running as fast as you can down the road or dance yourself tired in your living room! Buy a punching bag, put on the eye of the tiger and just hit the thing and I guarantee you will feel all that depression fly away for a while!
Say it all out loud
One of the best remedies is talking. Whether it’s to your closest friend, your partner, your family or even just to yourself, it helps because you’re letting it out. Don’t be afraid of letting someone in (including yourself), if they’re close to you they’ll only want to help and be there for you.
Even if I’m depressed over my weight (Which happens quite a bit), I’ll have a small piece of dark chocolate to cheer me up. It actually does chemically make you happy, so never feel bad for having a bit when you’re down.
Watch your favourite show/movie
Snuggling up on the couch or your bed with your favourite teddies is such a good way of soothing. I love watching Charlie Chaplin, it’s always been a soothing thing to watch when I feel low. Make a mental note of your comfort watches and keep them handy for when you’re feeling down.
Like I said, these are just things that help me and if they can help you then fantastic! But everyone is different, and talking to someone is probably the best thing. Or a pet, pet’s are brilliant listeners!
What do you guys do to ease depression?