Today, there are many reasons why a person may be suffering from depression. From a job that you literally drag yourself to everyday, to the loss of a close friend, it’s no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with depression at alarming rates. But the real problem is overcoming depression without taking a pill.
Depression and our drug dependence
Over the years, it’s become the norm for when the word depression is mentioned, to ask rather nonchalantly what pill can you put me on to help me with my depression. And ad agencies represent drug manufacturers, so they have vested interests in their client’s products selling well. So it’s not surprising to see several commercials during primetime viewing hours, that advertise taking a pill to treat symptoms of depression, and while these medications may actually help someone who is depressed, in many cases this person can become dependent on that pill to the point of not wanting to start a day without it.
Talking with people
The first thing that a person should understand is that they don’t have to face depression alone, nor do they have to take a pill to help with the condition. A different answer can be as simple as just speaking with someone. Talking with a close friend, a spouse, or a member of a local support group can be beneficial. Any of these people can help you just by simply speaking words of encouragement to you, rather than a doctor just prescribing a pill for you to take.
Other things you can do
The worst thing that a person who is depressed can do is to just sit around and think constantly about their depression. Just get up, and get out. Take a brisk walk, go visit your neighbors or how about becoming involved in something that you like doing. Pursuing a hobby is a great way to get involved in something that will not only occupy your time, but will keep your focus off of your problems and on something that you’ll enjoying putting your efforts into.
Learning to forgive
One of the worst things that someone can do is hold a grudge against another person. As a species, man can be incredibly self centered, and mean spirited to one another. One of the best ways to ease your mind, body and spirit is by the simple act of forgiveness. Forgiving someone who intentionally did you a disservice, is a great way to let go of a grudge your holding against that person, and it’s also a great way to build up your self esteem, and when you have a high opinion of yourself, you tend to be less depressed.
Give of yourself
We often forget to appreciate what we have been given in our lives, until something tragic and beyond our control happens and we lose everything. If you are a person whose lost sight of what’s important in your life and you find yourself feeling depressed and down about your present situation, maybe doing some volunteer work can help. It’s been said that there is always someone in a worse position than you are, and in many cases that may very well be true.
Volunteering at a local church, soup kitchen, or just giving your time to help with a fundraising event being run by a local non-profit group is not just a great way to give of yourself, but it’s also a way to make new friends and also connect with people who may be able to help you with your problem with depression.
So if you are suffering with depression, don’t ask for a pill. Take matters into your own hands and try one of these natural ways to beat back depression and feel good about yourself too.