People are being prescribed anti-depressants in record numbers, and no one has figured out a way to curb the trend. Life comes at us all at full speed and we often find ourselves feeling the mental and physical symptoms of depression. I personally would rather avoid being depressed than have an option for treatment.
Here are 12 things you can do every day to fight off depression:
1. It Isn’t the End of the World
A lot of times when something bad happens in our lives, we catastrophize. A little rain falling doesn’t mean that the world-cleansing biblical flood is on it’s way. Take things as they come, and stay objective.
2. Check your Perspective
Stopping to take an assessment of your situation can stave off the feelings of depression that we often create in our own head. One of the most useful things you can do is talk to someone about whatever situation you think is causing your depression, and get an outside perspective.
3. Be Positive
I know it sounds easier said than done, but maintaining a positive attitude is often the key to avoiding the pitfalls of depression. Attitude is really one of the only things in this life that you have 100% control over – so maintain a good one.
4. Leave the Past in the Past
Dwelling on what is done doesn’t get you through whatever you are going through today. Let the past go.
5. Be Open Minded
When we think in terms of black and white, we shut out the possibilities that exist in the middle. Sometimes the answer to a problem is outside the lines of the constraints we keep on our minds.
6. Quit Analyzing Everything
Not everything in life has an explanation, so quit looking for them. Things happen. All you can do is deal with the curve balls as they come.
7. Don’t be a Victim
It is a fact of life: people are going to take from you, hurt you, and disappoint you. Allowing them to do so repeatedly is your fault, not theirs.
8. Don’t Run Away
Closing the door to your life doesn’t make the problems on the other side simply go away. It gives them time to multiply and gain strength. Face them now, before they get out of control.
9. Reach Out
Don’t be afraid to seek comfort or counseling from others. Often, we don’t want to admit that we are depressed. You don’t have to fight your battles alone.
10. Fake it a little
I know it seems counter-productive, but science has proven that if you try to be happy, chances are you will be. Sometimes that is all we can do is paste on a smile, and go through the motions. It is better than rolling over and giving up.
11. Let the Future come, Don’t Force it
Looking so far ahead into the future can make you miss what is right in front of your face. Living in the moment is the key to happiness, success, and fulfillment.
12. Love Yourself
Last, and certainly not least, be kind to yourself. Love yourself for who you are, the battles you’ve won, and especially the battles you’ve lost. You’re amazing just the way you are.