Mental health is one of the most neglected areas in India. People have started working towards their physical health by practising yoga, jogging, exercising but still are not comfortable with the topic of mental health.
The recent happening in the world during Covid-19 lockdown has forced us to take a pause and ask ourselves if we are doing fine.
Depression is one of the most common signs of mental illness and can pose a serious threat to the individual. It can make you feel fatigued, helpless and disinterested in everything including seeking help.
Depression should not be taken lightly and if anybody near you shows the following symptoms, provide them with all help and support.
- Sleep issues (Sleeping too little or too much)
- Low motivation
- Agitation or severe anxiety/panic attacks
- Low self-esteem
- No desire to work/do things which used to be enjoyed earlier
- Self-harm – suicidal thoughts/behaviours
It is not mandatory to show all the symptoms as stated above and not every person shows clear symptoms. It is important to check upon individuals on a regular basis.
Now that we are aware of the symptoms, the most important question arises is how we can cope with depression. Few pointers below can be of some help but in no way, one should not their medications with the tips provided without consulting a doctor.
Routine calms our mind and makes it realize that life is going normal without any difficulties. Routine brings discipline in life and helps fight thoughts of depression.
Set goals which bring a sense of accomplishment and positivity in life. Working on these goals makes one happy and increases self-esteem. Goals should be
3. Pleasant Events:
Spend time with your loved ones and give yourself a vacation. Spending time with loved ones makes us realize that life is bigger than problems and together one can defeat mountains.
7-8 hours of everyday sleep is a must for a healthy mind. Sleeping late one night and sleeping the next day completely is food for depression. Try maintaining a proper schedule and stick to it.
Exercising releases a feel-good chemical “endorphin” and is a sure way to boost mental health. Exercising makes one feel like their body and mind is under their control.
6. Eat right:
It is always important to eat healthy food which doesn’t end up making you feel fatigued or sick. Good food makes up a good body. Food with omega-3 fatty acids could help ease depression.
Meditation also calms the mind and helps one to gain a new perspective. It also increases self-awareness and reduces negative imagination.
The most important thing is to speak and tell about your worries/thoughts to your friends/family. It reduces sadness by half. Your near ones also understand what you are going through and would help you in whatever way possible.
Try these simple tips and realize that you are on your way to overcoming depression. Remember, small steps count and the world outside is ready to support you if you are ready to help yourself.