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Note: This post is aimed at cheering a once bubbly mind and a source of upliftment to a dampened mind suffering minor depression. For major or clinical depression, I advise you to seek medical attention ASAP and don’t bother with this post!
Depression has various definitions taken from various angles! A person who is depressed usually experiences several of the following symptoms: feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or pessimism; lowered self-esteem and heightened self-depreciation; a decrease or loss of ability to take pleasure in ordinary activities; reduced energy; unstable thoughts or actions; loss of appetite; and disturbed sleep or insomnia.
Causes of Depression
While there has not been any satisfactory research that clearly states what causes depression, the illness can be traced to factors such as:
- Pressure or stress
- Loss (the death of a loved one, for example)
- Misconceptions about oneself
- Tedium or boredom
- Hormonal changes (menstrual cycles, pregnancy, for example), etc.
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression include the following:
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Tiredness and lack of energy make even little tasks seem tiring
- The presence of anxiety, agitation, and/or restlessness
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
- Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies, or sports
- Angry outbursts, irritability, or frustration, even over small matters
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
4 positive encouragements that can help keep depression away!
You Will Never Be Depressed Again if You Believe These 4 Things
1. Understand that no one has it all
People feel depressed because they feel they are the only ones facing end-of-the-world challenges. But everyone has challenges!
There’s no one who has everything they want. Where wealth is abundant, fear of insecurity creeps in, and where there’s a lack of it, there’s security but hardship.
If you are lucky to be blessed with one good thing; you will find that you lack another. Some people are very wealthy but have challenges with their health. You may have good health but no money at all.
Challenges are part of life. Given life’s complexity, we always experience one challenge or another.
Added, we are always wanting something. Clearly, Abraham Maslow’s Needs theory shows that we humans are ever-wanting creatures!
Only those who persevere and are resilient enough, ever go past conquering the everyday challenge. Be up and doing. Success is lots of hard work and challenges in life never end. Given the foregoing cycle of life, do not indulge in thinking or worrying because of the things you’ve not yet had.
2. No one is without a flaw
No one is 100% better than the next person and no one’s perfect!
No person comes in a complete package. You may lack what another has. You may think you are not pretty but you are intelligent and most of those pretty ones you envy, wouldn’t be as intelligent as you are.
Everyone has a flaw. No one is ever perfect.
In this way, there is really no need to feel dissatisfied over anyone’s features or success. Some may be blessed with lots of success but that success does come with lots of challenges an ordinary unsuccessful person cannot handle.
Be content and easy on yourself.
3. Success requires a lot of work
Know that, while someone is spending time wallowing in self-pity and anger, someone somewhere is having sleepless nights trying new things or trying to meet a target achievement.
Understand that those people, whom you envy, actually didn’t become successful overnight. They worked tirelessly day and night, taking random risks until they hit a goldmine.
Success comes with lots of sleepless nights. Success comes with a focus and a determined mind. You need to learn how to be mentally strong. Successful people may try and fail countless times but they never relent. They kept trying and they never allowed themselves to be bullied or allow failure anxiety to take over them.
4. Try to be goal-focused
Everyone in life should have a focused goal. Map out a life goal and work tirelessly until it materializes. When you keep your mind focused on your life goals, it helps you keep pushing and you become so busy you won’t even realize how time rolls off.
Twelve hours become too short and you wish the day gets longer.
At the end of a tired day, you only wish to lay down and rest for another goal-focused day.
Subsequently, you will never have a place in your life for depression to set in.
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2. Unfuck Your Brain: Getting Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers with Science
3. How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can: A Total Self-Healing Approach for Mind, Body, and Spirit
These quick tips should be enough to motivate your mind again and re-fuel your God-given purpose!
Wrapping it quickly!
These 4 foregoing facts should help you fight against a budding depression. They’ve helped me a lot to stay focused and motivated.
Depression is hard to beat when it deepens and sometimes you fail to realize when it takes over you, but constantly exposing yourself to some soul-nurturing VIBES can prompt faster healing.
Good luck trying to heal and GODSPEED!
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