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Over 15 million people suffer from depression in the U.S. Depression according to recent polls taken nationally. Navigating depression can be an emotional roller coaster, throw in children, a business, and a husband/wife can be extremely difficult sometimes to handle. If you are currently suffering from depression you are not alone. Women with depression often try to convince themselves that their just sad or feeling this way is normal and it’ll subside in a few days. But how do you really know if you’re having a sad day or are actually depressed? There are symptoms that generally occur throughout your day without going away like feeling unhappy, spending most of your time in bed, appetite changes, anxiety, feeling guilty about things that are beyond your control, exhaustion, difficulty paying attention, physical issues and so much more.
Seeking professional help can make a huge difference in completely understanding depression. It may become difficult to talk about it with others. In my experience of dealing with depression, I have found that there are some action steps that allowed me to recover from it.
- Talk to someone. If you have someone you can confide in do so. Express to them how you are feeling and what you are feeling. Seeking a doctor or a mental health professional is the best way to start to tackling depression head on. I spoke to a mental health professional over a course of two months and it allowed me to understand what exactly was going on with me and how to control my response to things that sent me into a depressive state.
- Get some sun. I also found that sunlight help change my mood. Watching my children play outside or even sitting in silence while feeling the sun shine on me allowed me to think and feel happier thoughts which moved my focus from feeling down and unhappy to gradually feeling better.
- Watch a movie. Watching a comedy special or my favorite movie was a great way to expose myself to lighthearted entertainment. It pulled me out of depression by making me smile and laugh even if it were for a short time. I felt better.
- Think differently. You feel how you think. Challenge negative emotions by thinking positively. It is definitely important to try and fight negative thoughts stemming from your depression in order to find positive thoughts to focus on. I often speak affirming chants in order to change my mood. One of my favorites is “I forgive myself and set myself free”
- Take Medication. If the natural approaches to depression are not working or changing talk to your doctor about other options. There are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants, and more that ease symptoms of depression and elevates mood.
These action steps will allow you to fight depression. Try them and let us know how it helped you get through the stressors of life. If you or someone you know feel like you can’t go on with your life due to depression and are considering or show signs of wanting to commit suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.