When you’re depressed, the last thing you need is to have a list of different kinds of expectations. Don’t push yourself to accomplish those expectations! The first thing you must resolve is the first expectation. After that, you can try the others but depending on how you are feeling.
1. Take Action And Accept Some Help!
Read books, search on the internet, learn about symptoms in order to know how you’re standing. Many sites, even books contain tests to help you find out if you are depressed. Don’t try to treated on your own, sometimes it takes years of proper treatment with pills, a lot of guidance and alternative methods. You don’t have to be ashamed and don’t let it untreated either.
Usually, the feeling of despair, and lack of help, rule the life of a depressive person. Try the opposite, a hopeful attitude – it’s a must because everything takes place at the mental level. Even the Bible says: ‘Do not fear for tomorrow, as tomorrow will fear for itself. Each day has its ways with troubles.‘ (Mathew) In addition, the Bible says: ‘Do not let your hearts worry and fear nothing.‘
Another possibility is to speak to you and to make nice statements about yourself (even if they are not entirely true). Focus on positive things.
3. Be Friendly!
Be friendly and sociable and this will cheer you up. Don’t stay by yourself. Depression grows in solitude. You won’t be sorry later that you’ve tried, even if you felt the need of isolation.
Find a reason for smiling, to get amused (sites with jokes, funny films, comedies, comic books and so on) and it is even better if you can enjoy them laughing with your friends. Be a clown sometimes. It is better to laugh than cry. Find your sensitive spot, what makes you laugh and get advantage of it as much as you can.
5. Feel The Rhythm!
Music unleashes your legs and makes you vibrate. It makes you wanna sing. Singing and dancing give a signal to the brain that you’re happy. So free these impulses because they have a positive value for your life. Even church songs have a good impact on your mind.
6. Try To Be Always Busy!
Get yourself involved in daily activities, more or less important, from volunteering (that helps you forget about your problems) to smaller jobs that you can do at home.
7. Go on Physical!
Besides physical exercises, physical contact is very important. The body needs movement to be healthy and walking is one of the simplest exercises. Then there are walking the dog, relaxing in nature. Just as physical exercises, physical bounding has its own healing properties. When you’re feeling depressed, hug someone. It reduces stress and blood pressure.
8. Hear the Silence!
Talk to God if you have faith, if not, meditate, listen to the silence and free yourself from all negative thoughts.
9. Receive and Offer Forgiveness!
Many psychiatrists state that depression is a feeling of guilt or anger that affects you. When you’re mad on yourself or on someone, for a thing happened in the past, depression will put you down. Forgiveness takes a long time but it is a very important step for your healing.
10. Be Grateful!
Be grateful for your life, for what you own, for what you can do and for all that Mother Nature gave you! You can say a pray and thanks the Lord or you can thanks your own person. However, remember that depression is not fatal and it doesn’t last forever! Hope, take action, wait no longer!