5 Activities That Saved Me From Depression
Depression is not just being in a bad mood. Mental and emotional conditions have become viral these days. With our high levels of stress trying to control everything around us, we often lose control of the most important part – ourselves. That’s what happened to me.
I thought: “Depression? What?! This will never happen to me!” And oh, boy, was I so wrong!
But when I made a quick retrospective look, I found out how much I had been through and how much I had suffered – from a traumatic childhood with an aggressive alcoholic father, through living without both my parents at an early age, through being cheated on, through being constantly yelled at and having my self-esteem totally crushed at work, and so on. And logically, if you keep going forward without healing such wounds, they start to become one big source of pain, festering on the background of your consciousness.
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Suffering from Depression can Even Affect Your Body
I don’t want you to get bored with my personal story, but I think it is essential to see how many separate incidents can pile up over time, and one day you wake up to a massive breakdown – emotional, mental, and even physical. My body was shaking and I couldn’t stop crying. I became so anti-social that going to the grocery store was a complete torture. I had no energy and I was dragging myself all day long with one and only thought – “I want to go to bed and sleep like… forever!”
Start Early Before it gets Worse
I was in my 20s and I was taking anti-depressants. I thought to myself: “If I took such meds in my 20ss, what drugs would be taking in my 40s?” That thought woke me up. Something had to change. And that something was me. I started researching and implementing small steps to make an improvement. These steps saved my sanity and it would not be an overstatement to say, they saved my life. Here I will share them with you so you can find the solution you are looking for. (Fingers crossed!)
I won the battle against depression with the following simple tactics:
Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) is an indispensable tool for recovering from stress, anxiety, and depression. You can really make an emotional breakthrough with it and dig out and heal some past traumas.
Of course, we cannot go without this tool. Start slowly for even 5 minutes a day and stick to it. You can use whatever type of meditation feels best for you – guided, visualization, breathing meditation, focusing on positive words, etc. I recommend you just try as much as you can to switch off your brain. The negative self-talk is one of the biggest culprits for our bad mood and anxiety.
Greeting the sun is an ancient practice that holds many benefits. And lifting our spirit is one of them. All you need to do is greet the sunrise and breathe. You don’t have to look directly into the sun, just close your eyes and soak the energy. If you decide to look at the sun, be extremely careful – do it only for short period of time during the first 5 minutes of the sunrise (while the disk is still orange and halfway the horizon).
Changing your diet plays a huge role and it cannot be done overnight. Our plans to start eating healthy “from tomorrow” usually go to the trash quickly. So, start making small changes and turn them into habits – an integral part of your day that you do effortlessly. If you are really low on energy from the depression, I recommend you to start taking some beetroot/carrot juice or a green smoothie. These are the things that lifted me through the worst days! And believe me, no energy drink on the market can survive a competition against these two!
Before you start rolling your eyes let me just say something. You don’t have to torture yourself with intense cardio or heavy weights, especially if you feel lethargic and lack the energy. Find some activity you like and incorporate it into your lifestyle. It could be yoga, Pilates, or my personal favorite – dancing. As soon as I started taking dance classes everything changed. It completely eradicated my negative emotions, helped me relieve headaches, and even made my hair stronger and shinier (from the heavy sweating, of course).
And remember – do not ever give up the battle! Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help!
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