Chances are if you’re depressed, you feel isolated from the world. You feel isolated from your friends and family. You may even find it hard to talk to them or that you are actually the one isolating yourself from them. That is not you. It is the mental illness. You feel like you have to deal with your depression alone.
Scientific studies show that majority of men and women with depression do not seek help. This means that they are battling their depression by themselves. If you are one of these people as I was, then you are looking for ways to fight this solo. Yes, you feel alone in your depression bubble, but you are definitely not the only one going through the same scenario. So how do we fight this alone? There are numerous small steps that you can take to fight depression by yourself. But please, I urge in severe cases to seek help if you feel like you need other’s support to get through this.
How to combat your depression alone:
- Keep a healthy mindset. Chances are you’re finding yourself battling negative, ongoing thoughts over and over again. You may be constantly telling yourself that “life is unfair” “what’s the point?” “will this ever go away?”. These are not good thoughts. Practice mindfulness. Blackout all negative thoughts. Sometimes I find laying in bed, closing my eyes, and just shutting the world out for a couple minutes help. Other times, it is good to confront your negative thoughts and tell yourself that you are worthy and capable of anything. Lastly, store positive thoughts into your mind – maybe things like what you enjoy or look forward to. Your mind is controlling this mental illness, not you. You are in a battle with your mind. That’s why it is important to control your mind – feed out these negative thoughts and think positively!
- Pick up something you like. What did you enjoy before you were depressed? Do you like sports, running, music? Do it again. If it gave you joy before, then it can again!
- Be social. I know when you are depressed, you feel isolated and alone. Your mind working with your depression tells you that isolating is the best scenario. Beat this. Become social again. Talk with family and friends. You don’t even have to mention your mental illness. Just talk and have a good time. You will feel better. This will also improve your friend base and social engagement – a problem a lot of people with depression face.
- Exercise and eat healthy! This one is pretty self-explanatory. But a good diet and healthy exercise boosts morale, body health, and brain power! I am not asking you to get a gym membership. Even walking or going for a light jog here and there works. Look at my article that discusses the best foods for depression and the best exercises for depression.
- Get natural supplements that combat depression. They do work. Check out my review for my number one recommended natural supplement to help combat your depression. It comes without side-effects and ultimately enhances mind power, brain function, mood elevation, serotonin levels, and appetite fixture. Please give it a try if you are struggling to beat your mental illness alone.
Please comment below if you found these tips helpful. I live to help others in the same boat.