Healing from depression is a gradual process, and for some, may involve medication. But we are here to give ways you can help manage your daily struggles with depression, with or without medication, and slowly help pull you out of the dark hole.
The first aspect of healing your depression involves analyzing those thought patterns. We discussed earlier how negative emotions and thought patterns can spiral you down further into the pit of depression. It helps to realize that a lot of what you are thinking has to do with depression perspective that colors everything. It’s like wearing old disco glasses, and thinking the world really is that orange (imagine how your makeup and hair would end up looking!). You need to find ways to break the hold depression has on your perspective.
One way is to truly gain another’s perspective. If your friend was in the same situation as you (or the same body, or dealing with the same trauma), would you judge her or him the same way you are judging yourself? Most likely, you would not. We are always harder on ourselves than the truth of the situation permits.
If you are having trouble with that, then it time to call up a close, trusted friend and ask. It is one of the hardest things in the world to do, when you are depressed: call up a friend and ask for help and perspective. But, as we will discuss later, it truly is one of the best things you can do. No man or woman is an island and there is no such thing as a happy hermit.
Another tactic that might help is journaling. Write down the full situation, and look at the pros as well as the cons—right there on paper for none to deny. Journal the things you do throughout the day, to show how you are dealing with your situation, or what you are truly being productive in, and prove to your depressed side that not all is as it would want you to believe. It is also a way to begin to work through your thoughts and emotions—and see what events may trigger your sadness, as well.
While you are doing this, you need to be realistic and caring with yourself, as you would a good friend or family member. It is difficult to do things when you are depressed, so it is important to start slow, and be forgiving. Little events can get you started climbing out of your depression pit, and journaling them down can help you see that you are trying, and you are, slowly but steadily, changing and healing.
HH4Heroes Depression Diffusion Interactive Strategy #4
The Brain Dump. The “brain dump”, as I like to call it, is a little bit like a clearing-house for your mind. In this exercise, you simply “dump” what is disturbing you including your depressive thoughts down onto a piece of paper leaving it there for good and forever on the page. In fact, I recommend ceremoniously burning the page(s) once you are complete. Here is my method for a good “brain dump”: find a quiet place where you feel relaxed enough to begin writing about your depression. Yes, write down the issues that are upsetting to you, your sadness, grief, frustration, guilt, anxiety, stress, confusion, irritability, rage, anger, fear and anything else that comes to mind. Release it onto the page. You are safe to do so. No harm or repercussions will come to you through this release process. DO NOT read what you have written. This is about releasing what bothers you not reading it and re-ingesting back into your mind.
Most importantly, you need to set about replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones, which we will discuss more in the next blog. Please join us then!
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