Depression is difficult to deal with. Often it comes on for no reason and leaves you feeling drained and useless. With it being so hard to sometimes pinpoint what has made you feel depressed it can be hard to find ways to snap yourself out of it.
Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, so most of the time the answer has to be medication (especially for people suffering from severe depression). However, the may be some other more natural options for you if you want to give them a try.
Before you start trying to “treat” yourself for depression by finding ways to help yourself stay happy and motivated, learn the difference between good things to do for you and your mental health and bad ones. Self-medicating with drug and/or alcohol falls under the bad choices, and can quickly and easily lead to addiction for some people.
If you think medication is the answer you aren’t going to get it through street drugs or alcohol. These will just throw more problems at your depression. Instead, go to the doctor and get a prescription.
Ask For Help
Going to the doctor is the first step in asking for help when it comes to depression. Help can come from prescriptions and from therapy, or one or the other. They work well together, but if you are skeptical about possible prescription side effects or long term effect you may want to see if therapy alone works for you. The right therapist may also be able to recommend natural supplements to help with your depression.
Find A Healthy Hobby
Often the answer to depression that isn’t extreme is having something you’re passionate about in life that you can focus on when the times get tough. Start writing in a journal or start writing poetry. Consider turning these things into future books for people to read and maybe get some assistance through you in battling their own demons.
Arts and crafting are also both great hobbies that can help fight the effects of depression. Art allows you to express your feelings in a healthy and often abstract way. Crafting keeps your hands and your mind busy.
Make Some Life Changes
If there is something in your life that is leading you into these depressive states it’s time to make some life changes. Some people find themselves depressed because of weight issues, medical issues, relationship issues, and even geographical issues. Don’t be afraid to make some changes and see if you can turn things around (it’s never too late).
Sometimes it’s difficult to just drop everything and move to a new city, but if you’re moving somewhere with more things to do and more job opportunities, it just might be the right answer.