How To Deal With Depression: 30 Things I Do To Fence The Demons Off

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How To Deal With Depression
January 29, 2017

Do you also wonder how to deal with depression so it doesn’t come back? It takes time, effort, and requires you to change your thinking, which is probably the most difficult thing of all when it comes to overcoming depression. But I believe it’s possible. In this post, I will be sharing my ways of dealing with depression and improving mood on a long term.

It’s been a while since the last time I felt very much depressed. Sometimes I even feel like it’s completely over, but I know that it’s still lurking in the dark, waiting for me to slip and fall into the vicious circle of rumination and depressive mood. Statistics show that most people who rely only on medication to overcome depression have a depression relapse. I’ve already been there, and it scares the hell out of me, which is why from the beginning of my treatment I was desperate about figuring out how to deal with depression effectively.

To prevent the relapse from happening, I’ve changed many of my unhealthy habits and toxic behaviors.  I also engage in activities that make me feel good, just for the sake of giving myself pleasure. Here is a detailed list of all the things that I do to overcome depression forever.

 

How To Deal With Depression: 30 Things I Do To Keep The Demons Off

1.

I am good to myself. I treat myself as if I was my best friend. Instead of blaming myself for suffering from depression or punishing for failures, I show myself the compassion and understanding I deserve.

2.

I practice mindfulness meditation to keep my intrusive thoughts away. I carefully observe my bodily sensations and emotions and act accordingly.

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I don’t have great expectations. I accept things that are out of my control. It’s the gap between your expectations and reality that is the source of all unhappiness and misery in life.

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I don’t compare myself with others because I am a unique human being. Each of us has to write his or her own story, and success is not what it seems.

5.

I give myself the right to make mistakes and learn from them. Only those who do nothing make no mistakes.

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I spend as much time outdoors as I can to provide my body with sunlight exposure and connect with nature.

7.

I stay away from toxic people who make me feel miserable, both on Facebook and in real life. They’re not worth my time and attention.

8.

I focus on the joy of simple pleasures. A tasty meal, a siesta on the grass on a sunny day, a walk in nature are more than enough to be cheerful.

9.

I allow myself to rest and sleep when my body needs it.

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I don’t let myself worry too much. The truth is, some things will happen whether you worry about them or not. All worrying does is depriving you of the enjoyment, but it doesn’t sole any problem.

11.

I set myself achievable goals and focus more on the process than the output itself.

12.

I eat healthy, tasty food and derive pleasure from it.  I also focus on the nutritional value and try to choose the foods that help with depression.

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I care for my physical body, but new white hair or wrinkles don’t drive me mad. I have accepted myself the way I am.

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I don’t chase money. It gives you possibilities, but it doesn’t guarantee happiness, and when you’re depressed it seems pretty worthless.

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I spend my money on memorable experiences, not on items.

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I spend less time online, and once in a while give myself an offline day.

17.

I reach out to people I care about and show them my true emotions and appreciation without expecting anything in return.

18.

I spent quality time with friends doing things that are fun. I show them how important they are for me.

19.

I keep a gratitude journal because there is plenty of things to be grateful for. It helps me focus on the bright side of life.

20.

I watch documentaries about this amazing world we live in. It gives me a sense of being a part of something bigger.

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21.

I learn new things to keep my brain entertained and enjoy it a lot.

22.

I read a lot of self-help books on depression, emotions, psychology. Not the kind of motivational babble about success, but rather publications that help me understand how things work. Reading inspires me a lot.

23.

I cuddle pets. Unfortunately, I don’t have a pet of my own, but I use every opportunity to cuddle my friends’ dogs, cats, and horses. Anything that’s fluffy and human-friendly will do.

24.

I do physical exercise and stretching to keep my body fit and ease muscle tensions caused by anxiety.

25.

I slow down and avoid multitasking or scheduling too many things in a short period of time.

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I enjoy being non-productive sometimes. A bit of “dolce far niente” has never killed anyone, right?

27.

I don’t keep grudges because it’s unhealthy. I forgive and forget easily.

28.

I take the “happy pills” prescribed by my doctor.

29.

I smile and provide myself with daily hugs.

30.

I write this blog to help myself and others.

 

Dealing With Depression:

My Conclusion

How To Deal With Depression Every Day

For me, learning how to deal with depression was a frustrating process. Today, I can say that I’ve learned a great deal from it, and I am happy about who and where I am. By gaining knowledge on depression mechanisms, changing my way of thinking and focusing more on the present moment, I’ve trained myself to slay the demons of depression if they dare to approach me ever again.

 

There is hope. Just stay strong & don’t give up.

Marta

 

 

 

PS. For more detailed advice and tips on how to deal with depression and restore your mental health, I recommend you these self-help books that actually helped me overcome it.

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8 Comments

  1. I have depression too and I used to find it very difficult to deal with. Now that I am more open about it and use writing as an outlet it really does help x

    • Marta says:

      I totally agree with you, Ana, sharing helps a lot, and writing has a therapeutic effect.

    • Marta says:

      When you start opening up to people, you discover how many have actually come through depression, or are close to someone who does. And it doesn’t feel so lonely anymore.

  2. Ali Rost says:

    What a beautiful post .. thank-you for being brave about depression and helping others by sharing some things that help. I couldn’t help but think they’re good lessons for us all

  3. Kathy Myers says:

    When I feel depressive, I like to do something for myself. I love the sun and shopping so I do both or either!

  4. Ana Ojha says:

    Some great tips shared! I also try to stay away from toxic people who gave me negative vibes. It is better to cut out those people from life rather than suffering from them every day!

  5. shrey says:

    I have dealt with depression when I was in college and the sad part is that I never realized that I was depressed. I used to think that maybe I’m just too lazy or not good enough.
    Later when I realized that I am actually depressed, I started meditation and deep listening. It really helps when you stop comparing yourself to others because turns out that just worsened my situation.

  6. Zara says:

    These are certainly good suggestions. It’s good and helpful to share them so others who might not be so adept at leading a balanced, meaningful life (in my opinion a necessity to stave off depression, at least for those prone to it) can gleen inspiration from it. To me depression is not so much an illness but a learning opportunity (I very much doubt the cause of severe and lasting unhappiness is faulty neural wiring or communication but a too strong to ignore sign, defcon 1 if you will, there is something fundamentally wrong with the life you’re leading) although it can hurt like hell and may even lead you to consider rejecting living (to live is to feel) altogether. I’ve been to that very dark place and I don’t care to relive the experience at any cost. In that sense it’s a huge motivation to take care of myself and built a life that is worth living. The genuinly and seriously suicidal are truly some of the most wretched people on this earth: while I have a very liberal view of self-ownership (including the right to take one’s own life) I do find it extremely sad that people are dying because they don’t get the help they need or simple love and compassion from others. That is unacceptable and unworthy of societies that are so rich in resources and claim to care about the health and well-being of their citizens.

    For me I’ve finally realized I have to let go of the past and need to do the things that make me happy instead of basing my choices on fear. That and being connected to others: for me this is quite difficult as a) I’m a naturally introverted, reserved person and b) I’ve lost people very dear to me as a result of my depression and sharing my feelings with them. Still I’m a human-being who craves human contact and love: it’s foolish to fight this and profound loneliness is what ultimately brought me to the brink of self-destruction. Not that I don’t have people around me but the connection to them just isn’t very strong and I doubt very much they’re the sort of people who’d be comfortable to let me get close to them… The lesson here is that I need to find people with whom I can be myself whether I’m happy, sad, succesful, failing at something or any emotional state a human-being can experience. If others can’t deal with this that’s their problem: I refuse to feel guilty anymore or suffer because of people who clearly aren’t worth it. In the near future I’m going to have some very frank and open discussions with a few people: while I’m sort of dreading this and there might be a possibility they won’t be receptive to it I’ll do it anyway because i know it’s what I need to do. Screw fear.

    Anyway, perhaps a fairly long reply but the goal was to show that some of your tips have been and still are major factors in my life too and highly likely for many others.

    Keep up the good work!

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