We all go through spells of feeling down, but depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people won’t admit it, but depression is a mental health condition and can cause you to feel persistently sad for weeks, even months.
It’s not something that you can just magically ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’, but the good news is with the right help and support its deffo beatable! Here are a few ways you can help yourself to fight depression today…
Talk It Out
Did you know?…nearly three in four teens fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems. In other words, when we suggest you talk it out, we don’t necessarily mean with your best friend. There are certain things in life that even the closest people to us may never understand, and that’s okay, it’s not about getting people to understand you, its about speaking to someone about what you’re going through without fear of being judged or condemned. Talking can be a healthy way to release problems, and we even suggest that seeking professional counselling can be one of many great solutions.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Ever heard of the saying ‘you are a product of your environment’. When you are depressed, the last thing you need to do is surround yourself with negative people who are not encouraging. Find people that will speak life into you with love and positivity.
Take Responsibility For Your Health and Happiness
Depression can make us lose the willpower do to anything which can have an adverse effect on our self-esteem. However, Skool Girl is here to remind you that you are powerful beyond measure and for this reason you owe it yourself to take responsibility for your health and happiness. Remember, you have the capacity to change any circumstance when you are determined enough.Prayer / Meditation
It can be tempting to distract yourself from depression by keeping busy. However, it’s in the stillness where you can recollect your thoughts and hear yourself properly. Don’t be afraid to slow things down with prayer or meditation, which will enable you to embrace the quietness and gain insight into your needs.Listen To Those With Experience
The key thing to remember when fighting depression is that you are not on your own. There are many people who are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation. It’s said that ‘experience is the best teacher’, so find and listen to those who have been successful in achieving what it is that you hope to.
Nurture Yourself With Good Nutrition
Depression can affect your appetite, some may not feel like eating and others may binge. Ever heard of the saying ‘you are what you eat’, its essential that your body gets the right nutrition. Even if you don’t feel like it, ensure that you eat plenty of fruit and veg as well as having three regular meals a day which can influence your mood and boost energy levels.
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