Getting out of the deep pit of depression is not easy, it is advisable to be fully alert and fight depression just when it occurs. To recognize the main symptoms of depression you can have a look at the article “depressive symptoms.”
But … what to do when depression tries to take over our desires?
1. Do more physical activity. When we are depressed our movements become slower, we talk slower and it is as if our life moves in slow motion. These body movements are recorded by the brain, and this simply reinforces depression. Thus, physical activity may help break this vicious circle.
When we exercise we feel physically toned, more alert and energetic, which will help eliminate the feeling of stagnation and immobility that comes along with depression.
Whether the amount of exercise you can do is little, what really matters is the activation and effort required by physical activity itself.
2. Socialize. Depression tends to push us toward isolation, we are not interested to talk to anyone or do anything. However, when we’re depressed loneliness is a very bad companion. So, go for a walk; visiting that friend you haven’t seen in months or meeting new people are activities that will always improve your mood.
3. Avoid depressive topics. Many people continually talk about the issues that led them into depression, and this is perfectly normal, because these topics becomes their main concern. Communicating what you feel is positive, but there is no way out of depression if we spend all day dealing with stressful and depressing arguments. Set limits on your conversation and try to introduce topics that you find attractive, motivating and cheerful. Initially you may not notice the effects, but gradually you could even find yourself smiling and put aside the concerns.