It’s dark, cold, and damp. You can hear the sound of water dripping from an unknown source and the occasional scampering sound of a critter going about his daily routine. You try to move your arms but the sound of clattering chains makes it clear that your wrists are shackled to the wall.
There’s an opening above you. It lets a little bit of sunshine into your cell. The wall doesn’t look too difficult to climb. If you could somehow break the chains that hold you back, freedom could be yours.
The cell in this scenario is like your mind when you’re suffering from depression!
The chains keep you attached to the wall, unable to fully enjoy the experiences that life throws at you. Depression keeps you trapped in your cold, dark, cell. If only there was a way to break those chains and escape.
It’s possible to break the chains of depression. It’s possible to get rid of those shackles and climb out of your cell. It’s possible to be free. But how?
Try this process. Each step in this course of action can help set you free from your depression.
Step 1: Understand Depression
There are many different types of depression. It’s important for you to identify what type of depression you suffer from so you can seek the most effective treatment.
The most severe type of depression is called clinical depression. It’s chronic, and it’s not triggered by anything specific. It’s simply always there. Most doctors prescribe anti-depressants and counseling for those who suffer from clinical depression. It usually lasts for years, possibly even a lifetime.
Another mental condition called Bipolar Disorder can cause a type of depression known as Lethargic depression. This condition forces a person to switch moods rapidly. One minute you might be ecstatic and another minute you might be suicidal. This type of depression needs careful monitoring by a doctor who may also prescribe medication.
There are also two more types ‘reactive‘ and ‘endogenous‘, the later being one that would be more well known by the term ‘melancholia’. there isn’t any well known causes of this type as it seems to be mainly integrated within ones personality.
The former, ‘reactive‘ type is a state of depression that can be helped quite easily naturally if you know what to look out for and what to do when it occurs. It is actually not a type of depression but a result of something that has happened that has created a threat to their life as they know it. It could be something that they cannot resolve easily, or at all and often find relief when they discover they are not alone, that others have or are experiencing something similar.
The big question to determine which of these you have is “what makes it worse?“
If you immediately know what that is, or even a few things, it’s probably ‘Reactive’ if you cannot find the trigger it’s most probably ‘endogenous’ and a little more difficult to address.
Step 2: Monitor Your Thoughts
It’s likely that you feed your depression with negative automatic thoughts or ANT’s. It’s important to observe your thoughts to avoid getting stuck in an automatic negative thought loop.
For example, jealousy can lead to intense depression and can be caused from someone having something you do not and you cannot stop thinking about this. You can find yourself in a loop of thoughts you cannot seem to escape. If you find yourself feeling jealous of a certain person, you can either reduce the amount of time spent with that person or write down your thoughts about what it is they have that you want and look at whether this is possible or not or rational.
Cynical thoughts can also encourage depression and the more you think this way the more it becomes a habit and a nueronal pattern, that is harder to break.
- Practice thinking positively. Find one positive thing in your day that you can focus your attention on. Positive thoughts can have a massive impact on your outlook towards life. They produce happy hormones, which are necessary to combat the negative chemicals produced from stress, anxiety or worry.
Step 3: Seek the Great Outdoors
Spending time in nature has been proven to reduce some symptoms of depression.
- Take a walk through a public park or a nearby forest. Looking at green vegetation can actually relax your eyes and reduce stress.
- Lie on the ground and watch the birds whilst soaking up the earths natural frequency. This will bring about a sense of feeling more grounded, literally!
- Close your eyes, take in the sounds of the forest, feel the cool breeze on your arms, and breathe in the aroma of fresh wet leaves.
Step 4: Exercise Regularly
Exercising re-energizes your body, produces the happy hormone endorphine, that elevate your mood, and boosts confidence.
For best results:
- Conduct a bit of research before you hit a gym in order to familiarize yourself with different workout routines. Encourage a friend to join you.
- If joining a gym isn’t your style, you can still get plenty of exercise. Run and play with your kids and pets. Take walks, swim, or play sports.
Step 6: Laugh more
Find a good comedy movie to watch, or Comedian and watch it regularly so your body and mind get a rest from the negative chemicals being produced from whatever is causing the stress. It’s important to start to rewire the brain towards happiness even if it’s only for a short while. The brain doesn’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s not so if you can pretend like everything is fine, and practice that regularly you will slowly start to feel better and the more of these feel better moments you can string together, the faster you will heal.
Step 7: Discover What Triggers Your Depression
Every person on the planet is incredibly unique. Your triggers can be completely different from someone else’s. Take a moment or two to analyze your depression and try to figure out what is creating the negative thoughts.
There could be a number of triggers. For instance, a lot of mums struggle with the pressures of family life, not seeing a resolution to certain situations, especially if there isn’t a lot of support available.
The balance between work and family can put a lot of strain on us and finding time to look after our own needs is important. If there is no possiblity for this to occur then depression may set in.
Some men suffer from depression because they can’t seem to communicate with women easily and can often feel rejected and don’t know why. They may also struggle with a work environment that isn’t suitable to their personality and struggle to know what to do.
Looking after elderly family members or family with disability may also be a trigger for some who cannot see a light at the end of the very long tunnel.
Once you find your triggers, it will be easier to work towards curing the depression.
Breaking the chains of depression isn’t something that anyone can do for you. You must make the decision on your own. But it’s not impossible. There’s no need to spend another minute in that cold, damp, cell.
Help is available and at SOUKYA Health & Well Being we specialise in helping people release anxiety, stress, overwhelm and depression.
Take a step towards the light today and book in a FREE CONSULT and find out how you can break the chains of depression.