If you have come to the point where you admit you are suffering from depression, that means you’ve successfully completed your first task in depression treatment. In this post, I will try to explain a few self-help ideas for depression treatment that I’ve tried in the past and found useful.
Don’t Care What People Say
When people learn that you are in depression, they tend to give advice as if you’ve asked for it. When in fact, their knowledge on the subject is less than basic. People mistake depression for being depressed. When you tell them that it is not, they just stare at you. Here are a few things that I hear a lot and stopped caring long ago:
- Just go for a walk
- Try to think positive
- I know you can do it, you’re a strong person
- It’s because you always listen to that depressive music. You should try pop music once in a while.
- You should get some friends.
- Those antidepressants are killing you.
- You don’t need a psychiatrist, just find a hobby.
Well, these ideas obviously are not gonna work, and you should just ignore. This is the best thing you can do to help yourself. I’m sure you’ve heard way worse than this. So, put them in the comments section if you want me to add to the list.
Do More of What You Like
Depression makes you enjoy nothing. Well, almost nothing. There are still a few things that I love to do like camping and cycling. Both individual, both outdoors and it helps a lot. Even though I don’t do it very often, I try to go for a ride in the town at least 30 minutes in a week to remind myself that there is an outside world. I’m not sure if you can read or write. Because I find it very hard to focus on anything so reading is almost impossible for me but if you like reading, just do more of it. If you enjoy anything at all, just do it. Because it means you have a reason to leave the bed in the morning… or in the afternoon… OK, even in the evening. Just leave the bed whenever you can.
Staying in bed might be comfortable, but you can’t stay there forever and you know that. Eventually, you’ll need to eat something. Instead of ordering food or eating what your dear mommy cooked, try to cook for yourself. Go out and shop for vegetables. Make some Mediterranean Salad, listen to the Godfather Soundtrack while making it. (That’s how I roll) Cooking really helps me relax and stay active. Once I cook and eat what I made, I feel it possible to do other stuff.
Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. You didn’t do anything wrong, you’re just having a difficult time in your life. Know that, once your treatment is over, you’ll get back on your feet and keep fighting. There’s no depression treatment better than knowing that “it will be over”.