A couple of blog posts ago, I talked a bit about depression. I mentioned briefly how I was able to start climbing out of the downward spiral and find the light.
And there is a light. I promise.
Here are 3 tips to help you find your way out of your darkness.
I have heard over my experience with dealing with depression that exercise is one of the most effective non-medicinal way to improve my mood. What happens when you exercise is your body releases endorphins (the feel-good chemicals) which, in turn, gives you a boost in self-esteem.
2. Talk about it
The hardest thing to do when I’m deep inside my darkness is to open up to someone about what I’m going through. And I know that I’ll feel a little less alone when I open up to my close-knit circle. At the bare minimum, I’ll pour out my thoughts, heart, & feelings in my journal. Sometimes, though, my circle and/or journal aren’t enough. That’s when I turn to my therapist, who will remind me of the tools I have at my disposal to help me through.
3. Seek professional help
There is nothing wrong with seeking the help of a mental health professional. It isn’t the end of the world. Going to the doctor or therapist to receive professional help doesn’t mean that you are weak. I know that while I’m in the middle of my storm, I feel as though I’m defeated and weak when I reach out. That couldn’t be further from the truth – I’m getting stronger because I reach out for help.
Please, please, please don’t try to fight this “demon” by yourself. If you don’t have a support system in place and need to talk to someone, contact me. Or call the NAMI helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (1-800-950-6265).