Life isn’t a bed of roses. One time you’re on cloud nine, then the next phase of your life problems are pouring in all at once. There might come a time in your life when you feel useless, worthless and it seems that you fail at everything you do. Those people who are constantly dealing with negative feelings might be suffering from depression and yet don’t want to acknowledge it or cannot recognize it. Some may claim that they are just sad and unsatisfied with their life. Depression is a type of medical illness that causes the constant feeling of sadness and the lack of interest in many things. It is called major depression, clinical depression and major depressive disorder.
Basic Guide to Depression
It is normal to feel sad sometimes. A person cannot possibly be happy all the time. Being sad is as important as being happy because it makes you feel the pain when you lose something important to you – a person perhaps or a relationship that you have been keeping for a long time. Because of sadness, you tend to value those happy times more. However, many people are not sure whether they are just feeling sad or they are already suffering from depression. Depression is a long-term condition of feeling despondent. Experts even consider depression as a fatal and crippling illness. It robs the patient off their willingness to be happy, to love, and to live. Always remember that feeling sad is a symptom of depression but it is two things are makes the states different. With sadness, you can logically tell what causes your sadness but with depression, you can’t tell what causes it.
Moreover, sadness will pass away when a person comes to terms with his/her trouble or stressor but with depression, it can linger for weeks, months and years. A sad person may continue to live as if nothing happened but a depressed person may feel hopeless; it can make a person feel like ending it all. Sure, it’s normal to feel depressed as a reaction to loss and life’s struggles but if the feeling becomes overwhelming and lasts for a longer period of time, it’s time you take drastic action. Depression can prevent you from living a normal life. As it is, we have all the right to live as normal individuals and we all deserve to live a happy life.
From Depression to Happiness
If you are depressed and don’t know what to do, there are several ways in which you can convert your depression into happiness. You don’t want stay depressed forever and live unhappy all the time, right? You have to take action and combat depression. Below are things that you can do to find happiness and minimize of your risk of a depressive episode relapse.
- Consider counseling
A person that is suffering from depression cannot think clearly and may become subjective in all issues. Counseling is one of the most effective ways to fight depression. Counselors will help you address the cause of your depression and help you get through it. You do not need to take medication to treat your illness. There are counseling therapies that professionals use to treat their patients.
- Talk about it
One reason why depression cripples a person is because they do not share the things that bother them. If there is one thing that you shouldn’t keep inside you, that would be loneliness. Find someone that you can talk about your problems with. You have your loved ones and friends that are ready to lend an ear. Be sure to find someone who is supportive, willing to listen and unbiased. The simple act of talking can be a huge difference in your life especially if you do it with the right person. Sometimes, it alleviates loneliness if you get the chance to reveal your deepest thoughts to someone you trust.
- Change your current lifestyle.
If you have been too busy with your work, remind yourself stay connected with your friends and family. Refrain from isolating yourself from your people. This will only give you more time to dwell on your problems and worsens that sadness that you are feeling. Also, consider owning a pet. There are studies that show that those people who are responsible for caring for a living organism, recover much faster from those people who don’t. You might like to own a pet dog or cat. Or place an aquarium with your favorite fish in the corner of your house where you love to sit and spend time. Just by looking at these creatures calms the mind.Regular exercise is also a great way to combat depression. Exercise is known to release endorphins – a natural hormone that elevates our mood and makes us happy – in the body. Do at least 15 minutes of exercise per day and you will be amazed at how fast you feel good again.
- Find some time to relax.
Anxiety is one of the common symptoms of depression. If possible, take a break from work. Visit your favorite spa. Read a book. Anything that can make you feel relaxed. Avoid those stressors that are related to your depression. Another simple way to relax is through breathing. When you think you’ve had too much in a day, take time out. Go out of your office and take in some fresh air. It will calm your nerves instantly. Practice meditation too. It will help you clear up the issues that blur your mind. Sometimes we get frustrated when we have so many things in our mind and we don’t know which one to focus on first.
- Give happiness and forgive
Help someone who is in need. It might be a beggar you pass by on a street on your way home. It is always impossible to feel depressed after helping someone. If your depression is caused by someone who has done you wrong, find in your way to forgive. Learn to forgive not only other people, but also forgive yourself for trusting people whom had hurt you. Accept that you can’t have everything and you can’t please everybody. Never hold a grudge. Only then you can truly forget this sad part of your life and start moving on.
You can convert your depression into happiness in several ways. The most important thing about dealing with depression is to make the choice to fight for your happiness. After all, life is too short to be lived in a haze of depression. No matter what, always choose to live a happy life. Other people deserve it. You deserved it too.
It is your right to be happy. So go forward with a positive attitude and be grateful for everything that you have and proud of everything that you’ve achieved.