Note; this post is aimed towards cheering a once bubbly mind and a source of upliftment to a dampened mind suffering minor depression, for major or clinical depression, I advice you seek medical attention ASAP and don’t bother with this post!
Depression has various definition 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 action; loss of appetite; and disturbed sleep or insomnia.
Causes of Depression
While there have not been any satisfactorily 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)
Misconception 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, so that even little tasks are found 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!
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 security creeps in. And where there’s lack of it, there’s insecurity.
This is why the poor are easily intimidated. If you are lucky to be blessed with one good thing; you would 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 is part of life. Given life’s complexity, we always experience one challenge or another.
Added, we are always wanting of something. Clearly, Abraham Maslow’s Needs theory shows that we human’s are ever wanting beings!
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 ends. Given the foregoing cycle of life, do not indulge in thinking or worrying because of the things you’ve not yet have.
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 feature or success. Some may be blessed with lots of success but those success do 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 night trying new things or trying to meet a target achievement.
Understand that those people, who 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 night. Success comes with a focus and 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 allow 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 would help you keep pushing and you become so busy you won’t even realize how time roll 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.
This quick tips should be enough to motivate your mind again and re-fuel your God given purpose!
Wrapping it quick!
These five 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 a faster healing.
Good-luck trying to heal and GODSPEED!
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