With the coronavirus still wreaking havoc on many people, another part of that is depression. More and more people are suffering from depression like symptoms, sometimes because of the state of the world, and sometimes those feelings are magnified, existing already.
There are many who are trying to create a space for them to feel better, to improve these depression like symptoms. Here, we’ll go over a few of the different ways you can improve this. While it may not by any means treat it, it can help alleviate the symptoms so it’s easier on you.
Try to Create a “Happy Place”
Having a happy place that you can go to is a great way to help relax the body after a long day. You might be stressed out, depressed about the state of the world, and overall unsure of what to do.
This happy place is something that you can come back to. Having a small place to retreat, filled with objects that are familiar to you and make you happy, is a wonderful way to alleviate the symptoms of depression before they get worse.
Try Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is good for both anxiety, and for depression like situations. Deep breathing involves breathing in slowly and deeply, holding it for a period of time, and then breathing out.
This can help if you suffer from anxiety that’s making you depressed. If you are depressed, it may not fully fix the problem, but it can be good for you.
Consider Talking to Someone
Talking to someone is also a valuable option.
A therapist can help with making it easier to face the unknown, to help you find goals and purpose even when you’re depressed.
Maybe life feels stopped because of the current health situation. That’s a very common problem, but if you talk to a therapist, discuss the problems with them, and work towards a solution, this can help you.
There are plenty of therapists that can assist you, and sometimes, even just talking a little bit will go a long way.
Finally, you may want to consider medication for when the symptoms get bad.
This may be something you’ll do if it’s a last resort. Some people feel better when they use medication than if they didn’t.
One big problem however, is the withdrawal that comes with it. If you’re on it for a long time and slowly want to wean off it, this can be hard.
Talking to your counselor if you start to feel discontinuation syndrome during taking medication is important too. This can occur when the half-life of the medication begins to dwindle down, and over time decreases the effectiveness of this.
You can go to BetterHelp to help you figure it out if you notice problems with your medication, or to determine if medication is correct for you.
Depression is all too common in this day and age, but luckily, there are options out there to help offset the effects of depression around you.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.