Depression is something we all experience at some point in our life – it is a part of the ebb of things just as much as happiness is. There are big chances that you or someone you know are depressed right at this moment. It’s the elephant in the room for many people, and an uncomfortable topic to talk about. Luckily for you, we have a few tips which will help you overcome the condition.
You should never be ashamed of talking about how you feel, and avoid beating yourself up if you’re not able to overcome depression – this will only make matters worse. It is much more spiritually mature to be honest to yourself and face your demons. Here are some things which could help you with depression:
- Your pain is just a process
The pain and suffering will pass. If you’re saying “I’m depressed”, you’re actually accepting depression as a part of yourself. Say “I feel depressed” instead to recognize the experience as a temporary feeling. You feel depressed at the moment, but feelings come and go.
The pain is present to show you that some aspect of your life needs to be improved. Pain is an opportunity to look at your life from a higher perspective – it’s something that serves a purpose in your life, and will continue as long as you let it. There will be a time in your life when you look back with gratitude that you were feeling depressed.
- Each moment is an opportunity
You can improve yourself in each moment of your life, but each moment also serves as a chance to further go down the path of depression. You can either feel better or worse, so it’s up to you to choose your own path.
Each moment is a decision about working towards healing or staying depressed. Take 10 deep breaths to slow your mind and stabilize yourself, or you can allow your mind to drag you in the mud. You can feel full or shallow, meditate or stay inside and watch Netflix under the blanket. The choice is yours. If you’re dealing with depression caused by self-hate, it’s harder to hate yourself if you know that deep down you’re taking baby steps towards the light.
- You always deserve more love
No matter what you did in the past, it stays in the past and you deserve more love. You deserve more love from yourself and others around you even now, no matter what’s going on in your life. You need to open yourself to receive love from the people you love, God and others. Being closeminded about it can be the difference between healing and self-loathing. Remember, you deserve love and happiness – it doesn’t matter if your mind claims the opposite.
If you feel like you’re not trying hard enough, it’s even a bigger reason for being worthy of love. Trust us – hearing someone saying that you deserve more love will lift a big weight off your chest.
If you’re feeling depressed, avoid associating “I am” with “depressed”. Depressed is just another form of energy which is why you need to follow the aforementioned tips and pick yourself up and carry on.