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Managing Depression

The past year has put all of us through a slew of unforeseen holding handscircumstances, situations, and feelings. An unfortunate byproduct of so much turmoil has been a steady increase in the occurrences of depression. Some experts, such as those at the University of Minnesota, state that COVID-19 has tripled the rate of depression in US adults across all demographic groups. This is especially seen in adults that have financial worries. When you are experiencing depression, it can be impossible to will yourself to ‘snap out of it’, but with careful tips, the road to recovery can be attained. 

Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive which makes it difficult to take the steps to feel better. Sometimes, just the thought of things you should do to help yourself to feel better can be completely exhausting or feel impossible to put into action. The things that will help the most can be the things that are the most difficult to do. The good news is that while these things may be difficult, they are not impossible. The key to managing depression is to start with small, manageable steps and build momentum from there. 

Taking the first step is always the hardest so focus on the things that you can do right now. For example, you can take a walk, call a friend, dance to your favorite music, or journal right now. Even these small tasks can substantially boost your mood and energy long enough to put a second recovery step into action such as preparing a nutritious meal or arranging to spend time with someone that you love. By taking small steps every day, you should soon be able to lift some of the weight of depression and find yourself feeling healthier and more hopeful again. 

Having a support system can play a huge role in battling and overcoming depression. When you are on your own, it can be nearly impossible to maintain a healthy perspective and sustain the effort required to beat depression. Unfortunately, depression also can make it difficult to reach out for help. For many people, there is a tendency to withdraw and isolate so connecting to others can be tough. Staying connected to other people and taking part in social activities will make a world of difference in your mood and outlook. Reaching out demonstrates that you have strength and the resilience to get better. Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. Try to make face-time a priority. Try to keep up with social activities that make you happy. You could also find ways to support others as providing for others can give a big mood boost. If it is your style, consider joining a support group for depression. 

Another key tip is that in order to overcome depression, you should strive to do things that relax and energize you. This will look different from person to person but can include following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to manage stress, setting limits, and scheduling fun activities into your day. Pushing yourself to do things, even when you don’t feel like it can make a world of difference. To start, pick a former hobby or pastime that you used to like. A second idea is that you could express yourself creatively through music, art, or writing. Consider taking a day trip to a museum or a park.

Remember to support your health. Depression typically involves sleep problems – either sleeping too little or sleeping too much and as a result, your mood suffers. Work toward a better sleep schedule by practicing good sleep habits such as keeping a regular wake time and sleep time, avoiding sleeping in on the weekends, avoiding bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime, limiting caffeine and nicotine, and darkening your sleeping space at night. Keeping stress in check is also extremely valuable. Not only does stress prolong and worsen depression, but it can also trigger it. Identify things in your life that stress you out and find ways to relieve the pressure and regain control.  A daily relaxation practice can help relieve symptoms of depression, reduce stress, and boost feelings of joy and well-being. A daily relaxation practice can include yoga, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation. 

If you’ve taken self-help steps and have made positive lifestyle changes and find that your depression continues to worsen, think about reaching out for professional help. Needing additional help does not mean that you are weak. This is not the truth. Depression can be treated, and you can feel better!

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