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Depression comes in many degrees and many forms, but there is a lot one can do to prevent it from completely taking over. Here are five tricks you can use to tackle depression.

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Social support

One of the first things that happens when depression comes is that you lose the desire to be social. You get the need to isolate yourself and be to yourself, and you stop doing what has previously given you joy. The problem is that when you dig into difficult feelings and thoughts, and stop doing nice things, everything just gets dark and sad.

Although it may be difficult, it is wise to take up the fight against depression in this area - and to continue doing things that can bring joy, such as being social, being with family and friends. When you dare this, you make it harder for the depression to get the upper hand than if you indulge in isolation - only surrounded by your depressive thoughts and feelings.

Conversations with professional helpers

Even if you are able to resist the temptation to go into isolation when the depression is on, having a depression can be so severe that you may also need to get a professional helper to talk to. Then you get the opportunity to put into words all the bad thoughts and feelings, you can get help to sort, and you can get the necessary advice and support on the way out of depression.

Various psychotherapies can be helpful, including cognitive behavioral therapy. In such therapies, you will be helped to find techniques for thinking more helpful thoughts.


Physical Activity

Physical activity is useful for you who are struggling with depression, either as a prevention of getting into depression, or as an aid to getting out of depression that has occurred. Part of the reason is that physical exercise puts the body in a different mode, which affects the body's stress systems, and which builds up your physical shape.

In addition, you get replenishment of positive thoughts and a feeling of mastery by being able to get out to train. Some like to train with others, while some enjoy training for themselves. The most important thing is that you get to be physically active, and that it happens in a way that you enjoy.


Mindfulness: Another way to deal with stress

With depression, it is common to fill up with thoughts of worry, and to grind all the way around problems that you can not solve, about thoughts of how hopeless life is, how failed you are, or how thoroughly unhappy you are.

One is in a way trapped within oneself, in a dark cloud of thoughts and feelings that seem impossible to break out of, and which have a marvelous ability to multiply oneself. One worry breeds a new worry, and it becomes a vicious circle of destructive thoughts.

A concept that can be helpful here is what is called mindful presence. It is about something quite different than taking up the fight against one's own thoughts and feelings - on the contrary, about focusing on a completely different place: On being present here and now. There are a number of exercises that can be helpful, and in the video above you will get an idea of ​​how easy it can be done.


Accept who you are and your feelings

Depression has a clear message for you: that you are hopeless, that life is hopeless, that the world is not a pleasant place, that you are worthless, and so on. These are messages you should not vouch for. These are thoughts - not truths!

Some sentences to say to oneself can be, for example, "I love myself", "I respect myself," "I am good enough", "I am valuable." Sounds weird, do you think? Yes, it may be a little strange. But depression is also a strange thing, and it says the exact opposite.

By accepting who you are, by actively deciding that you are an ok person, and that what you are feeling right now is not the end of the world, but real and understandable experiences, this contributes to the depression having less power. Depression is not a sign that something is wrong with you, but is often a kind of sad reaction to the fact that something in life has been difficult. 



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