Battling Depression? Here Is How You Can Deal With It Before It Makes You Your Own Enemy
Depression is just like any other health issue but if you ignore its warning signs, it can gain control over you and lead to things you can't even imagine.
Sushant Singh Rajput's tragic demise has shook us all. His death has come as a wake-up call to many. It has made us realise the importance of mental health. Depression is something anyone can go through, it is important to recognise it and accept it. Depression can break you and also make you your own enemy but that's when you need to conquer it. It isn't that easy but it is better to open up about it. It is only you who can take yourself out of the dark phase. Here is how you can deal with depression before it starts gaining control over you.
Signs of Self-Inflicted Depression
Call it a gift or simply common sense, I have found that spotting self-inflicted depression is very easy. Depression is not a phase. It is a chronic state. And I always find myself surrounded with people who claim to be depressed. Here are some common signs that tell you are causing yourself depression:
- People who cause themselves depression usually pity themselves more than what is required. This, by no chance, means you should undervalue your emotions, but when you only pity yourself without taking any actions against it, you have a self-inflicted depression. This is very unhealthy and can lead to an actual depression, which may require professional help.
- If you actively seek out sad songs because you feel you relate better to them, you are entering a harmful territory. Sad songs are meant for a certain phase and by no means should be used to get through the tough phase of life.
- You refuse to get help because you feel you can manage it. Seeking help from a professional is not something to be ashamed of. You cannot cure cancer without a doctor. Depression is cancer for your mind and you are only causing it to grow if you refuse to get it checked.
- Lastly, you constantly keep telling yourself that you are not worthy of love. In fact, this is one of the major reasons for depression in people. This is something that you can control and in failing to do so, you are causing yourself depression.
Dealing with Depression the Right Way
The first step toward helping yourself out of depression is accepting that you are suffering from it. There are too many things in this world that are constantly making life difficult, so, acceptance takes one thing off the plate. It will take time, but it will happen. It is quite normal to feel like not doing anything, so, start small and let them be goals that will let you prioritize yourself.
Cutting and painting your nails, grooming your hair, or even cleaning your room are little things proven to make you feel good about yourself. Also, traveling and meeting people who have something new going on in their lives will motivate you to make changes in your own life. I have also found that music or any other art helps to get through a tough time. The important thing is that you start somewhere and refuse to feel pity, come what may.