Depression is a tough disease to manage, even with medication, it can sometimes flare up seemingly out of nowhere. For this reason, it is very important to look into as many possible ways that you can keep your symptoms in check.
Making sure that you have done everything that you can to build a broad range of strategies to manage your depression can really help you in times of crisis.
1. Excite your senses
When you experience a sharp bout of depression you generally feel hollow and empty. A good way to trick your body out of this is to feel something externally. This can be sight, sound, smell, touch or taste.
For this to work it could be something as simple as cooking a good meal and eating outside. You will have the smell and taste of a great meal and also the fresh air of the outdoors. At times it can be hard to motivate yourself to do this but the rewards will be great if you can muster up the courage to needed to kick start your recovery.
2. Focus on your breathing
Getting in touch with your body is a good way to calm and focus your mind. This isn’t a full-on mediation, but you may want to look into that at a later date. All you have to do for now is to focus on the length and depth of your breaths in and out. Don’t try to change how you are breathing just acknowledge that you are.
3. Have some rules
Depression can deplete your energy reserves quickly and leave you feeling more lethargic than usual. If you have a set series of tasks that you absolutely have to perform in a day it can help you set rules and guidelines for yourself. This can be as simple as making sure that you do some basic chores during the day.
4. Read a book
It is very common for depression to cause you to lose your ability to focus on things. If you find a great book you really like, keep it handy and try your best to read a few chapters. Having something to focus on will allow your mind a chance to take a break from negative thoughts.
5. Try writing
While we’re at it, why not try writing about something. This can be short stories, a diary, or even some thoughts about how you are feeling. As long as you are occupying your mind with a task, you are active and not letting the depression keep you from enjoying yourself in one way or another.
Yoga and psychotherapy work very well together. Mindfulness is a big part of both so being in touch with your inner thoughts and your body’s movements is a great way to beat the depression. It’s also a great workout, any exercise that you do will help to give your mood a much-needed boost.
7. Remember how great you are
Don’t let yourself get distracted by negative thoughts. This kind of negativity can be self-perpetuating and very unhealthy. Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about yourself, think about the good things in your life. Reminding yourself of your achievements and some great memories is a good way to kickstart this process. If you don’t know where to start, reach out to a loved one and tell them that you need a boost. If not, communicating with a registered psychotherapist can also be a great comfort. It is amazing how quickly we forget all of our good points, yet somehow always seem to remember in explicit detail everything that we consider negative.