Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
The world of today is highly competitive. No matter you are students, a working professional, a housewife, a professional player or a business owner we are all prone to competition and this never ending competition has given rise to the issue of stress and depression. Here are a few ways to deal with it.
- Change your Routine
One of the situational contributors to depression is being stuck in the rut of routine. It can be challenging to step away from our day-to-day obligations and circumstances, but sometimes that’s precisely what’s needed to change our state of mind. Try taking a different route to work. Visit a restaurant for lunch you’ve never been to. Sample a new cuisine. Book a personal day and take a mini-road trip. Incredible things can be found when we’re willing to leave our comfort zones.
A catharsis is an emotional release. According to psychoanalytic theory, this emotional release is linked to a need to relieve unconscious conflicts. For example, experiencing stress over a work-related situation may cause feelings of frustration and tension. Rather than vent these feelings inappropriately, the individual may instead release these feelings in another way, such as through physical activity or another stress relieving activity.
- Physical Exercise
Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.
- Never Forget your Roots
It’s important that one realize that the problem he or she is facing is temporary. If the good time has passed then the worse will also not stop by. Just you have to do is to wait, tolerate in the situation and handle it with care. Believe that you are normal person and this critical situation is bestowed upon you because you are able to handle it.
- Connect with Nature
Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new study finds the same, may be true for teenagers. Researchers looked at more than 9,000 children 12 to 18 and found those who lived in areas with a lot of natural vegetation were less likely to display high levels of depression symptoms. The effect was strongest among middle school going kids.
The role of family is very important. One learns the way of behaving from his parents. The way they behave with each other is how one learns to behave with others. Families do better than patients at recognizing depression and mania. Depression disrupts family life, yet families can be major forces of care, comfort, even cure.
- Don’t Compromise on your Peace
Never let others control your life. Do whatever you like unless it harms others. You won’t find happiness outside unless you are happy inside. Don’t care for others too much that you get lost in yourself, those who care for you will understand. Take care of yourself and find happiness in everything you do and if you can’t find it, stop doing it.
- Stop taking Sodas/Fizzy drinks
Drinking soda is linked to depression. A new study found that those who drink a fair amount of sweetened sodas and fruit drinks – whether diet or regular – have an increased risk of depression.
- Never take Decision in Stress
A decision taken in stress conserves depression for future. A person in stress or depression is not mentally stable and should avoid decision making. The best way is to take more time and think over it again and again to come up with best possible results like corporate companies. Even if a bad decision is made, the next step should be to overcome it rather than wasting time on thinking of the loss.
- Good Company
Keep good company because one learns a lot from the people he sit and stands with. If your friends don’t respect you in front of others, make fun of you, degrades you, they are not your friends. Be among people who are cherished by your presence. Respect you in front of others and admire you in your absence.
- Stop Expecting from Others
It is impossible not to get hurt from the person you expect something. Even if they are your parents and they fulfill each of your desires but there must be something they lack in. May be they don’t pay attention to you or it can be anything. The thing to remember is that “No one is Perfect, Not even you.”
- Success and Failure
Think of Success and Failure as temporal elements in your life. People who succeed in life have faced hundreds of failures. Don’t think of it as the end of your life.
An Indian Motivational Speaker considers life as Cricket. The pitch is the struggling ground. Life throws on balls one by one. You miss it, you fail but you are still in the game. You hit it, you succeed but even then you will keep getting balls. You lose only when you leave the Ground. So think of them as part of your life, not the end of life
Don’t compare yourself with others. If you are fat and can’t do things like others. Remember nothing is impossible. It’s you chubbiness that make you unique and different from others. You are better in your own way. Think Positive.
- Believe in Allah
Those who believe never get depressed. Almighty Allah examines his people in richness and poverty. The best way to live a life is to thank Allah in all situations. Losing hope means disbelieving and that eliminates a person from Islam. So Do Dhikr, Pray, recite Quran and remember the Hereafter more often. In Quran, Allah Almighty says: “O you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely, Allah is with the patient.” (2:153)
This Article is written by Abdul Kareem, Student of BS Media Studies. under supervision of Ms. Ambreen. Lecturer of Psychology at Bahria University.