Depression is a severe and common illness. There are many reasons – the economic crisis, problems at work, misunderstanding of relatives and loved ones, eternal dissatisfaction with oneself.
Depression can be hereditary, atypical, psychosomatic, seasonal, postpartum , etc. In the book, all aspects, causes and consequences are considered in detail. But we are not talking about that now. Ready to work on yourself? Operation ” Antidepression ” is declared open!
Everyone has bad days
One in four people you meet have experienced major depression at some point in their lives, and one in five have it right now. A recent study conducted in Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Lebanon and several other countries showed that with each generation, depression begins earlier, and the risk of the disease continues to increase throughout life.
“We hide, feel unhappy and curse ourselves for it.”
Your “I” is your work
First of all, you need to realize who you are, what you experience and what you want from life.
A diary of observing your emotions, setting life priorities, creating conditions for a flow state and taking care of yourself will help you with this.
“We must learn not to please others at any cost, and not even to strive to be different from them. In general, you need to define yourself not through the prism of others, but from the point of view of an objective assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, desires and needs.
These are commonplace simple and powerful things: exercise, talk about your feelings both good and bad, eat healthy food, get enough sleep, play something, be proud of yourself, laugh, support yourself and others, be creative, be an optimist just yes, for no reason. And then in your brain (literally) will appear …
Bulldozers with endorphins
We all have individual points on the “thermostat of happiness” to which we return after each positive or negative experience. In order for these points to shift in a positive direction, think more often about the good:
- Relish the positive results.
- Make a list of good memories.
- Make a list of pleasant things, and let it always be at hand!
- Thank yourself, people and the world.
- Think of ways to please others.
- At the end of the day, remember three good things that happened that day.
Let’s do an exercise. Think of something good that happened to you today. Focus on feelings. Do you feel pride, excitement, love, satisfaction? Do you want to smile at the memory? Focus on the facial muscles as the lips curl into a smile. Where else in your body do you feel these sensations? Are you getting warmer? Yes?
Right now, the neurons in your brain have formed new paths to happiness. Little bulldozers widen the channels for joy. Remember this!
The self-fulfilling prophecy of an optimist
I think he likes me. If I think so, I assume that he will be glad to meet me and will be able to understand my point of view. All this affects my feelings, behavior and body. And now I treat this man with more attention than others, I can feel safe and relaxed with him, and my body releases less stress hormones and more joy hormones . I am more open and relaxed, and our affection for each other will grow. So the stories we create become self-fulfilling prophecies.
“The mere thought that you can have a good time with a person can be a self-fulfilling prophecy and bring joy to your life, which is very good.”
If nothing helps
Depression can be so deep that biochemical changes occur in the brain. Fortunately, these changes are reversible. The book gives a detailed overview of antidepressants: mood stabilizers, amphetamines , selective inhibitors, anti-anxiety drugs, etc. A qualified specialist will be able to choose the right course of treatment for you.
- Be aware of your feelings and take care of yourself.
- Be an optimist as often as you can.
- Seek help from loved ones and a psychotherapist.
We believe that the mission of ” Antidepression ” is doable! The main thing to remember:
Attention. In case you have depression, the ideas, procedures and recommendations you will find in this article should not replace the advice of your healthcare professional. All health related issues require medical supervision.