We all feel down from time to time. But, for some people, feelings of sadness can turn into something far more sustained. Mental health awareness has improved considerably over the last few years, but many still don’t take mental health seriously.
There are various ways we can beat the blues if we want to. However, please make sure you seek medical attention if you are feeling really low all the time. This is because, if left unchecked, sustained low feelings can manifest into depression.
Depression is often an illness. If you're depressed, the usual feelings of sadness that we all experience temporarily remain for weeks, months and years. They can be so intense that daily life is affected. You can’t work normally, you don’t want to be with your family and friends, and you stop enjoying the things you usually do.
If you're depressed, you may feel worthless, hopeless and constantly tired. In most cases, if you have milder depression, you can probably carry on but will find everyday tasks difficult. If you have severe depression, you may find your feelings so unbearable that can’t continue with the daily routines you once found simple.
The symptoms of depression can be complex. They are more than feeling down, and can include psychological, physical and social symptoms, which can often cause depressed people to lose interest in things they used to enjoy. The symptoms of depression can get in the way of the everyday activities of normal life.
Much research has gone into the sensations we feel when we are low and the effect they can have on our overall health. You may be interested to know the following facts about depression.
Beating the blues works on the principle that prevention is better than the cure. If we can nip our negative feelings in the bud, we can prevent far more serious conditions emerging. Most of these preventative measures are easy to incorporate into your daily routine and do not cost anything, so long as you have the will to succeed.
Conquering our day to day demons involves confronting them head on and dealing with them in the open. There should be no secrets, no dishonesty being kept from yourself, no matter how difficult the truth can be.
Tackling the blues is best achieved with an examination of the root causes. Look for reasons such as problems in your personal life, financial worry, or relationship issues. The problem may not even be something tangible, for instance, it may be something that you can’t quite put your finger on but you just know that something is not quite right.
Since we are all individuals, finding a cause requires much individual soul searching. You should use techniques of introspection to delve deep within your psyche and come up with solutions.
Ask yourself searching, simple questions such as ‘When was I at my happiest, and why?’ Ask yourself ‘what is it that makes me happy: is it money, friendships, or family?’ Consider the answers you are giving to these questions and consider whether you are being unrealistic in your expectations.
We often feel low when we lack a sense of achievement, but sometimes our expectations are unrealistic. If you are depressed because you are not a pop star you should appreciate you are being unrealistic.
There are various coping strategies available to the long or short term sufferer of the blues. Exercise is one of the best preventative measures you can take to fend off the blues.
This is because you benefit from the release of positive hormones and increased levels of self-esteem. When you are down in the dumps, exercise is a sure fire way to kick start your good mood. And the great news is that it is totally natural!
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