Depression is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans. It’s always important to spot the signs of depression and fight against them, but especially so as many places in the country begin to transition into the winter season. After what has been an incredibly difficult year for so many across the world, people are already prone to depressive episodes. The cold weather, shorter days, and more time spent inside tend to make things worse.
Dealing with depression isn’t easy. For most people, it is a highly individual process that sometimes requires medical intervention. It’s normal for people to feel sad occasionally. Depression is marked by prolonged feelings of sadness or despair. For people struggling with depression, it can feel very overwhelming. It can feel very lonely, with no possible end in sight. At its worst, depression can push people to do things like self-harm or even can trigger suicidal ideation.
If you or someone you know is having a hard time with depression, it’s vital to get the help necessary to start managing the condition. Understanding things that trigger depression, how to cope with feeling depressed, and where to look for resources when you need them, are vital to effective management of the condition. Here is some helpful information on how you can help yourself or someone you care about deal with depression.
Fighting Feelings of Hopelessness
When you’re stuck in a state of depression, it can feel impossible to get out. Sometimes it feels like you are folding in on yourself, whirling even further down into a spiral of despair. You get down on yourself for being depressed, which then makes you feel more depressed!
It’s a rough cycle, but people have more control over their mental health than they sometimes realize. It’s not easy because depression saps your energy and your sense of optimism about friends, work, school, and other things in your life. Taking the first step is the hardest part.
People who deal with depression must learn to fight back against the creep of symptoms. If you can, reject negative thoughts about yourself or your situation. Practice positive thinking, and fiercely protect your mental health. Build walls as best you can to keep negativity outside.
Get Active to Boost Serotonin Levels
If you’re feeling depressed, get up, and go outside. You might be low in things like Vitamin D, and getting some sun will help you feel more vibrant and positive. If you’re up for it, get some exercise to get your endorphins going and boost the level of serotonin in your brain.
Make Goals – Set Your Sights Higher
Making goals, from small goals like how many steps you want to get in a day to more long-term career goals, can keep you focused on progress and moving forward. You can track all of the positives that are happening in your life instead of dwelling on anything someone said or did that can send you into a funk.
Eat the Right Foods
Eating a healthy diet can help you stay balanced and maintain the right energy. This may seem like a small thing, but eating healthy foods full of vitamin C and other important minerals will make a big difference. Too many folks feel down and turn to food for comfort. That ice cream tastes good at the moment, but then you’ll feel bad for eating it and you could be worse off than before. Eat foods that promote positive body image and energy.
Explore Peptides & Depression
Semax is a synthetic peptide that is valued for its neurogenic properties. In research conducted on mice, Semax showed that it increased levels of BDNF, which helps regulate the function of the brain with regard to depression. Semax also produced results faster than many SSRIs. There were also minimal side effects. These results are promising and point to the potential use for Semax in the future.
Ask for Help
Chances are, there are people around you fighting depression right now. For many, it’s a solitary war of emotions we go through alone. It doesn’t have to be like that. If you are feeling depressed, ask for help. Whether it’s help from a friend or a medical professional, you should recognize that you need support and connection. Talk to people who love you, and if you are having a hard time doing that, ask for medical help to explore formal treatments. With time, you can learn to spot depression triggers and get the right treatments to protect your mind and your mental health better.