It can happen to any one depression can is something that does happen and nobody has been given an exemption card for it. As each day passes you find that you can not lift a finger to do anything, life is not worth living, and time just slips away, and each day you find that you are getting deeper and deeper into the black hole of despair. But you can turn your depression into happiness, by changing some things for yourself day in day out, if you suspect that your depression is overwhelming for you then do seek professional advice and help after all that is what they are their for and would be more than happy to assist you.
We can all experience depression from time to time such as you lose your job, or your relationship ends or someone you love passes on, some people unfortunately stay blue for months and even years. Of course it does take time to get over things, but you need to understand that life keeps moving and you make sad feelings the exception in your life and not the rule.
Do what you love
If you have some interests or hobbies, and you are feeling down, then why not get involved in your hobby or your interests as this could help you to ease your depression while you pick up the pieces and move on with your life. When you are feeling depressed you will not want to do anything, rather you find it takes a lot of energy to do even simple tasks, but what is important that you do keep moving on and doing something that will break you out of the rut. So do get up take a shower and do get dressed and do what you have to do rather than succumb to the depressive state you are in.
Go smell the roses
When we get depressed we would rather stay indoors rather than go outside and admire the sky or the flowers in bloom, enjoying the sunshine on our faces, or even going for a brisk walk. For some people they will experience more depression in the winter months as the sun rarely shines, and the skies are gray. So do your best to get out and about and absorb some sunshine and if any flowers are in bloom then stop and smell their heady fragrance. This will give you a more positive mood and help to ease the depression a little.
Play with your pets
When we are overwhelmed with depression more than likely you have ignored your pet or pets if you have them as you no doubt are to morose to bother with them. You have isolated yourself and you are effectively pushing everyone who does love you away from you. And if you do live alone this is where you will experience even more loneliness as you have no access to another human being so do get involved with your pet, as they do love you unconditionally and without judgement. If you do not have a pet then do borrow somebody elses. Why not walk your neighbors dog for them with their permission of course. Having your pet around you can and will ease your depression.
Join a support group or any group that interests you
When you are suffering from depression it is good to join either a support group for depression or groups where you have similar interests as you interact and mingle with the other people you will feel their level of excitement and it will rub off on to you. No doubt you will find that people love to share their stories and ideas about your common likes etc. So when you are spending time with groups of people this will uplift your spirit, and will give you a purpose to help yourself recover from depression.
It is important that you do something physically active, whether it is exercising, yoga, dance, meditation, swimming, zumba, walking just to name some this will get your body activated and your body will thank you for it and your depression will lift. You will feel good about accomplishing something that is physical and demanding, and it will give your mind a break from whatever it is that is plaguing you and from your depression. So when you do some form of physical exercise it does release endorphins which are natural mood and energy boosters.
Healthy food choices
Rather than eating heaps of junk food while you are depressed rather turn to eat wholesome healthy foods that will pick you up and nurture your body. So eat many small healthy snacks throughout the day as this will keep your energy and spirits up. Do limit any alcohol consumption and caffeine as they do affect your blood sugar levels and that is the last thing that you need when you are trying to get back into a happy state of mind. Do also remember to drink plenty of water, when you do not drink plenty of water you will feel fatigued and lifeless as you are dehydrated.
Choose to live in the present
When you are sad and depressed it involves thoughts that are in the past and not looking forward to a future, so it is better for you to have your thoughts for the day, say about for 20 mins then lock them away and spend the rest of your day being in the moment.
Of course for many it will be hard to do, but when you choose to do this leave your thoughts in day tight compartments you will find that the heaviness will lift and whatever is on your mind will go and of course your depression will start to lift as it does not dominate your whole day. So do be wise have your thoughts but then chose to close the door on them for the rest of the day and get on with your life.
Find your passion
If you are finding that you do not have a passion then start exploring in ways that will set the passion within you let it ignite. In this way you will look forward to every day as you start to engage in things that do make you smile and do contribute to your quality of life. Do seek out any activities that you do enjoy and do make them a priority, so go about and spend more time doing all the things that you really do like and less time on the things that take the life right out of you. Stop depression from robbing you of the life that you really do want and deserve. So start to day to make the change for all your tomorrows.