Depression affects each person differently. Some sink into a deep dark hole of despair unable to function or even see to their needs beyond sustenance survival. Others although depressed are able to function somewhat however, their functional ability is akin to being on autopilot. They lack spirit or drive in their actions. Many of us experience periods in our lives when we are depressed. However, in this case our depression is situational; worry and/or stress related and once processed are dealt with.
In contrast, individuals suffering from depression are unable to process their depression because they do not know why they are depressed. Further, those that suffer from severe depression do not even recognize that they are depressed.
Although depression can be stubbornly severe and persistent there are numerous ways you can learn to deal with this oftentimes-debilitating illness. For instance, you could walk around the house or block, open all your blinds and windows, let the fresh air inside your home, your life. Clean your house while dancing to some upbeat music, begin an exercise routine, and commit to exercising at least twice a week.
Additionally, you could start a hobby. Perhaps learn to make jewelry, paint a picture or a piece of bisque. Learn knitting or quilt making. You could even visit an elderly neighbor or visit a nursing home resident. Alternatively, perhaps, you could volunteer at one of the local non-profits. There are so many things you could do to help with your depression that the list is practically endless.
It is far easier to give in, to let the safety of the darkness enfold you. Yet, while cocooning you in its depths the darkness is anything but a safe haven. It will destroy your spirit, your very reason for existing, it muddles your mind in the facade of safety, and it keeps you from those who love you. Fight! Fight its fur-covered claws. Friends and loved ones can try to help you, but you are the only one that can save you. You and the power you believe in. It may seem hopeless and many times you will slip and fall but if you are determined you will overcome!
When you feel alone and fear despair is closing in, call a friend. Ask them to come over, or go to them. Reach out, ask, and accept help. You do not have to fight this alone. There are many people who will be there for you if you just ask. I know firsthand that asking for help is one of the hardest things to do. However, at times we all need somebody to lean on.
Depression does not have to be scary. It does not have to be lonely. Many people have depression just like you. Some of them joined a support group where they meet as a group to discuss ways to deal with their depression. Others sought out a therapist for medicinal treatment and counseling. Still others opted for other activities such as exercising or learning a new hobby and some still struggle with this ailment. Not knowing what to do or who to turn to. Do not opt to be in this last category. Reach out for help. It is there for you. Remember, you are not weak for asking for help, you are strong and help will carry you on to success!