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Dealing With Depression

Dealing with depression does require effort. It is not easy to get over problems that keep you down, childhood issues that keep resurfacing, physical factors that limit you expressing yourself, low self-esteem that keeps you locked in a dark image of yourself, and knowing that you are depressed.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Monitor your thoughts – are they positive or negative?
  • Avoid “shoulds”, “musts”, and “have tos” from your thoughts and speech.
  • Correct any dietary imbalances – a poor diet can make you feel lethargic and energy deficient impacting on what you like or want to do.
  • Exercise. Inactivity can lead to a feeling of flatness.
  • Me time. Give yourself some time to do what you want to do – and don’t feel guilty about it!
  • Avoid recreational drugs – their effect may be temporary however they may tend exaggerate an existing emotional state.
  • Be patient with yourself. It is not uncommon for depression to lift and go away after a period of time.

You may need pharmaceutical intervention to help you through the rough spots or if your depression is more than a couple of weeks. See your medical practitioner (GP). Ask your GP:

  • What will the medication do?
  • What are the side effects?
  • How long before it takes effect?
  • What will happen if I come off the medication?
  • What are other options? (Explore some non-pharmaceutical options with your GP)
  • What should I be careful of? (e.g. foods, alcohol, recreational drugs etc)

Perhaps you may feel better with drug free alternatives such as Chinese medicine or a naturopathic approach. Perhaps yoga or relaxation therapy can help. Ask around and find what you think may work for you.

If you are having trouble getting started with dealing with depression contact Sydney Counselling and Life Coaching. We will assess your level of depression and advise on action to take. We can also address underlying issues that may be holding your back.