Depression is a disabling disorder that can be made much worse by the following three things:
#1 Don’t let stress get out of control
When we take on too much, we end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed, which isn’t good because stress is a high risk factor for depression. And if we already have depression, any additional stress will make our symptoms (especially anxiety) even more severe. The best thing is to not accept a workload that will cause this stress—whether at work or at home. Try and get into the habit of delegating excess work or asking others for help. An important way to keep stress at bay is to not fall behind in our regular routine of promoting balancing, like exercise, yoga, meditation or talk therapy.
#2 Do not drink alcohol or do drugs
Alcohol is a depressant and non-prescription drugs affect the neurotransmitters that are important to mood. Alcohol can also interfere with the depression medication you may already be taking and alter your mood. Any of these substances can also affect sleep, which will act negatively on your system. Remember that even a small amount of drinking can upset your state of emotions, which could cause you to sink deeper.
#3 Do not withdraw
It’s a natural inclination when in a depressive state to withdraw from any social interaction or connection with the outside world. Try, as best as you can, to make even small steps to socialize with people. Talk to your friends and family about what you’re going through; they may be the catalyst for helping your self-esteem and giving you the push needed to re-connect with the world. An easier step to get you talking with the outside world again is to join an online support group where you can help alleviate the loneliness of the depression. The alternative is feeling alone, which could mean a longer episode of depression.
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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