No doubt, depression kills. Depression, according to studies, accounts for a significant bulk of suicide cases. Besides, depression can lead to other life-threatening conditions such as heart diseases.
Fortunately, you can overcome depression and live a normal, productive life. It is normal for people to feel down once in a while. However, you should not allow negative thoughts to dominate your mind. There are some steps you can take to overcome depression. For example, you can visit a friend or the less privileged, take a hike, or visit a counselor for professional help.
When you are down, and depressive thoughts are whirling around your head, call or visit a friend you trust, and talk out your problems, fears, and insecurities. As the adage goes, a problem shared is half solved. In fact, sometimes the only thing a person needs to overcome their worries is just to talk about their fears. Talking provides an outlet for pent-up anxieties, and sets you at liberty.
Alternatively, you can visit and help the less privileged. By communing with the less privileged you will get to learn that problems happen to all people, and you will learn to be grateful because your situation may not be as bad. Yes, exposing yourself to the less privileged will make you grateful for the little that you have, and gratitude is one of the best ways to overcome depression, worry, and self-pity.
You may also take a hike of discovery. If you can walk along the beach barefoot, feeling as the sand tickles the soles of your feet, while picking up bits of corals, you can get on a Fastlane to recovery from depressive thoughts. There is a lot of wonder in nature where you’ll lose yourself in; a lot in nature that will preoccupy your mind and starve negative thoughts of attention.
In fact, one of the reasons so many people suffer from depression is because they give a lot of attention to negative thoughts. Going for a hike of discovery will give you something else to preoccupy your mind with and, thus, free you from depressive, unwholesome thoughts.
As a last resort, you can book an appointment with a professional counselor. The professionals have a vast experience on how to deal with depressive thoughts. With counseling sessions and some anti-depressants, a professional will soon get you firmly on the path to recovery.
And, it pays to know that no situation is hopeless. Worry exacerbates the problem, and cannot solve it. Therefore, tune your mind to be solution-oriented rather than worrying excessively whenever there is a problem. With that, you can nip depression in the bud before it kills you.