How to Deal with Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the UK, Depression can affect people differently depending on their age, gender, personality traits and cultural background. It is associated with an overwhelming feeling of sadness or loss of interest in everyday activities. But depression can be so much more than just that.

Some of the most prescribed drugs in the world are antidepressants, while medication is important component in battling this disorder, there are also many naturel, easy and free techniques that any person suffering from depression can use either to replace medication or as a supplement to them.

The following are some of the most common symptoms of depression:

  • Feeling sad, lost, empty, hopeless, or just generally unhappy
  • Losing interest in or enjoyment from activities you previously enjoyed (socializing, sex, hobbies, etc.)
  • Changes in sleeping habits ranging from insomnia to spending most of your time sleeping or in bed
  • Exhaustion and a lack of energy that makes even simple everyday tasks seem difficult
  • Appetite changes (commonly lack of appetite and weight loss but occasionally increased to desire to eat and weight gain)
  • Anxiety, agitation, and restlessness
  • Slowed thinking or difficulty paying attention
  • Feeling worthless or not good enough (often in conjunction with overthinking past mistakes or failures)
  • Feeling guilty about things that aren’t your fault or are out of your control
  • Difficulty making decisions or remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
  • Physical issues, such as headaches or muscle pain

Learning how to relax, as a way to reduce stress, fight depression and to promote good sleep, this why we have listed below some relaxation techniques and are often overlooked in today’s busy, demanding and hectic society.

Meditation

Sit comfortably in a quiet spot. Close your eyes if you like. Breathe in through your nose. As you exhale, say the word ‘One’ silently to yourself. You might like to focus on the sound you make exhaling (like the Sanskrit word ‘Om’). Or, if your eyes are open, focus on an object, exploring its colours and textures. Spend at least 10 minutes meditating, but stay focused.

Mandala Circles

This is a drawing technique to calm the mind. Bring a pencil/s and paper to a quiet place. Draw a large circle. Now, be prepared to keep drawing for at least 10 minutes. Start filling the circle with whatever you like – spirals, patterns, running-writing – but don’t let the pencil leave the paper unless you’re changing colours.

Exercise

Regular exercise (20–30 minutes a day) is extremely important for staying healthy and releasing tension. Most exercises are very cheap or free. Group sports are fun, but individual activities like walking, running, swimming and cycling are also very good for clearing the mind and releasing physical tension. The important thing is not to overdo it and injure yourself.

Schedule Pleasant Activities

It is admirable to study and work hard. However, each of us needs to have some time away from study and work. Unfortunately, the fun stuff is often what gets neglected when things become hectic. That means it’s important to schedule in things you enjoy doing, like seeing friends, going to the movies, or heading to the beach. Fun isn’t just enjoyable, it’s part of keeping well!

Cannabis

Researchers have gone to great lengths to find a means of treating what we now think are endocannabinoid-related ailments such as anxiety, depression, and a slew of other health issues. Unfortunately, most of these treatments were and are more trouble than they’re worth.

Although we still have a lot of research to do, cannabis continues to be the most effective remedy for hundreds of millions of people – regardless of its classification as a Schedule 1 drug.

When we ingest cannabis, the cannabinoids from the plant take the place of anandamide in our CB receptors and start to do their thing. Perfect if your body is not producing enough anandamide on its own.

Stay away from alcohol

Alcohol may work as the ultimate antidepressant… for a very short, very embarrassing and very forgettable window of time. But the next morning always rolls around sooner than expected and that whole alcohol-is-a-depressant thing became painfully obvious.