Being depressed for 5 years was one of the best things that happened to me because it was the trigger that made me redesign my life and eventually get to live the life that I want.
However, just to be clear, I NEVER want to go through the experience ever again.
It was the most devastating experience I’ve ever had to confront and deal with but it has taught me a great deal about life and who I really am. It’s one of the reasons why I became a Coach so I could help people, just like me, who are going through the same thing.
A combination of talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), antidepressants, self-care, exercise and completely changing my diet over a 2 year period helped me through my depression before I finally got to a place where I could be happy with my life and love myself.
For some people it might only takes a few months to get better but for others it can take years to manage or get better. Everyone is different. 1 in 4 people are depressed.
There are many reasons why people are depressed and many different things they can do to move through it.
However, common themes which are crucial for working through depression are:
- SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR/TALK TO SOMEONE about how you’re feeling. There is no shame or judgment in how you’re feeling. Many people find that by sharing their experience they start to feel better. It’s always good to talk! When I first spoke to my doctor it was such a relief and day one of the start of my recovery!
- GET GOOD SLEEP. This is really important as sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration and strengthening of our bodies occurs. So getting good sleep can help to improve your mood and increase your energy.
- EAT WELL. Eating a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet can help you feel well, think clearly and increase your energy levels. Without enough energy or the right nutrients, your brain won’t get what it needs. Research suggests that eating a lot of nutrient-sparse processed foods could up your chances of becoming depressed by as much as 60 percent. So eating a balanced healthy diet is vital for overall health and wellbeing.
- KEEP ACTIVE. Regular exercise not only improves your body but also your mental health and your mood. Studies have shown that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication — but without the side-effects. Exercise is a powerful depression fighter! It promotes changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Also, exercise allows you that time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.
- FULFILLMENT AND PLEASURE. Work out what makes you happy and fulfilled. Make a list of things that peak your interest or you feel passionate about and take small steps to move towards them. Also identify what brings you pleasure, what do you enjoy doing and plan those activities in your week.
So many people are depressed for so many different reasons but there are things we can do to help ourselves move through it.
Remember you are not alone.
Support is all around you and just a moment away if you just reach out to it.
Written by: Sue Lord
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