TechnoparkToday.com > Depression – The most dangerous state of mind now a days very common in youngsters . A recent study shows depression is very high among the people working in stressful working environment like IT.
There are many causes for Depression. Failure in life pursuits is considered one of the major causes. Turbulent Childhood, Parental Problems, Sexual Harassment, Marital Problems, Career Problems and other tragic life incidents are all equally considered a cause of Depression. Genetic disposition is also one of the leading causes of depression. Not all who face the same problems react the same way. Studies have shown that people who have relatives with a history of depression are two to three times more likely to develop depression themselves. There is also a strong genetic link between depression, anxiety and panic disorder. Brain chemistry Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and certain hormones such as the stress hormone cortisol have been related to depression.
Depression often occurs when the delicate balance of these brain chemicals is disturbed resulting in a general imbalance in other neurotransmitters.Stressful life events As mentioned above, the stress hormone cortisol is particularly related to the neurotransmitters involved in depression.
A stressful life event such as loss of a job, a loved one, marital problems, or financial issues can trigger an over production in cortisol resulting in depletion of serotonin and depression.
People are especially at risk if they do not have the necessary social support.
Depression can result if an individual is inclined to view the world in a negative light. With a pessimistic outlook on life, even the small things become major catastrophes, and the inner critic can become over-bearing. These people often expect the worst and hardly ever see the positive side to a situation. They often assume the blame when things do go wrong and attribute it to self failure.
Certain experiences can also teach an individual that they have little or no control over life events and are thus helpless. These ideas are often learned and make people more vulnerable to developing depression.
Tips to Cope with Depression
Even if You exercise only for 30 min at a time, three days a week, that is good enough. A good workout will increase happiness inducing endorphins while burning the stress hormone cortisol which is associated with depression. If you do not feel motivated, or dislike exercising at first, keep going for long walks and you will definitely begin to see benefits within 3 – 6 weeks.
Talk it out:
Talk to someone you trust, a close friend or a licensed counselor and try and come up with a plan of action. Often it is the first steps to recovery that are the most difficult, so try not to do it alone.
Eat a healthy diet:
A poor diet depletes energy levels and a deficiency in certain nutrients (e.g. iron) can result in fatigue and feelings of depression. Ensure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, and explore serotonin uplifting foods such as oats, turkey, milk, pasta and other carbohydrate-rich foods.
Set realistic goals and responsibilities:
It is important to have a plan of action and to start taking responsibility for your life and your future, but know your limits and set your goals within reason. Small steps taken consistently are better than big steps which cause you to wear out.
Prioritize and learn to say no.
Avoid unnecessary stress by not doing what needs to be done first. Do all things necessary to be done one at a time depending on their priority, slow and steady is okay and learn to look after your own needs. Be careful not to allow others to overload you with their responsibilities.
Make a conscious effort to stop negative thoughts.
Try and change these thoughts into neutral thoughts and do not indulge in pessimism. Remember that this will take time, and may be difficult at first, but it can also be life-changing. Psychotherapy can be very helpful in this regard.
While your symptoms of depression may make you feel like crawling into bed or existing in your pajamas and slippers all day, make a decision everyday to get up, get dressed and do something. Simply cleaning your room, going for a scenic drive or doing something creative can be uplifting and help break a bad cycle.
Turn to nature.
One of the best ways to re-energize and uplift your spirit is to get in touch with nature. Go for a walk in the forest, a picnic in the park or a simply sit on the beach and watch a sunset.
Let others help you.
Don’t turn down a helping hand or a comforting hug. When depression hits, you may feel like pushing people away, but this is the time you need love and affection the most. Pets are also a great source of love and comfort!
One often feels a loss of purpose when depressed, so regain a positive purpose by helping others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or help out at an organization that could benefit from your time and skills.
Make a change.
Change is often very invigorating and refreshing. Aim to change your life-style to a healthier one, change your negative attitude towards life, and change your job if you know that your current work makes you miserable. It need not even be a drastic change. Simply re-arranging furniture or giving a touch of paint to a dull room can go a long way to uplifting your mood – better yet, it will keep you busy.
Read all about it.
There are many books which are very helpful in learning how to manage depression. These include books written by experts in the field – as well as books published by ordinary people with a useful or uplifting contribution to share.
Depression Home Remedies:
- Drinking of coriander seeds mixed with sugar candy (Mishri) or honey cures depression without drugs.
- A pinch of finely powdered cardamom seeds could be taken mixed with black tea.
- Regular exercise can helps to get rid of depression and helps to feeling better.
- Regular diet will helps to feel better.
- Never think in-depth of any problem, which causes your depression.
- Watch comedy movies or comedy shows will helps to feel better.
- Always try to spend with your friends, so that it will helps you to feel better!
- Never stay alone, when you are in depression mood.
- Above all know that Depression is is a temporary state of mind, It will Pass, so relax!!!
Author – Adv. Anu Nambalikkaran, Director of Rampart self defense academy