Depression has become a significant depressive; it is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, think, and act. When intense sadness lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it was more than sorrow.
- Feeling sad (depressed mood)
- Loss of interest in activities
- Changes in appetite
- Trouble in sleeping
- Loss of energy
- Feeling guilt
- Difficulty in concentration
- Thoughts of suicide, not just a fear of death
- A depressed mood during most of the day
- Hard time focusing & remembering details
- Feel irritable & restless
- Lose pleasure in life
- Have aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
- Empty feelings
Here are a few precautions to reduce the chance of depression.
Depression often kept going from one moment to the next by streams of negative thoughts going through the mind, such as “My life is a mess, I don’t think I can go on.” Being mindful of what we’re doing can be a powerful way to weaken these thought streams’ grip, particularly if we bring awareness to our bodies’ sensations and feelings. By doing it repeatedly, we end up living more in the actuality of the present moment and less in our heads, going over and over things that happened in the past or worrying about the future.
Awake early in the morning and exercise regularly. You find it helpful to get in a routine. Take a proper diet. Stay calm and hydrated. Get enough sleep to have a noticeable effect on depression. Reward your efforts. Stay close to nature and feel it deeply. Avoid drugs; they make it harder to treat depression.
Many patients found strength and comfort in their religion; in essence, they hoped to survive the surgery without hope. People need to expect their lives to improve. “The poor have no other medicine, but only hope,” wrote Guillaume Shakespeare. Fortunately, in our day and age, we have medicine as well as psychiatric treatment. But hope will always be our essential partner. In spiritual practices, whether you are praying, meditating, attending church services, or just spending time in nature, you can make positive changes in your attitudes and behaviors to help you cope with anxiety and depression.
Some of the harmful ways that people deal with negative emotions: Denial, Withdrawal, Self Harm, Substance use. One way to deal with uncomfortable or unpleasant feelings is to remember these words: Pause, Acknowledge, Think, and Help.
Pause: This step is crucial because instead of acting on feelings right away, you stop yourself and think things through. Count to 100 or say the alphabet backward.
Acknowledge What You’re Feeling: For example, are you mad at someone, or are you sad because your feelings were hurt by what they did? Whatever it is that you are feeling, it is ok to feel that way.
Think: Now that you have taken a few moments to figure out what exactly it is that you are feeling, think about how you can make yourself feel better.
Help: Take action to help yourself based upon what you came up with within the “Think” step.