Fighting Depression and Anxiety
According to doctors, depression is a mood disorder. It can be described as feelings of anger, loss, and sadness. These feelings can seriously interfere with a person’s life. Unfortunately, depression is very common in our societies. Different people experience depression differently. Depression can interfere with your daily routine causing you to underperform in your duties. It may also strain your relationships with other people. Sometimes, depression can be fatal. There are many people around the world who have committed suicide as a result of depression.
Depression can also lead you to suffer from a number of chronic health issues. For example, conditions such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, obesity, and arthritis are known to get worse if the patient suffers from depression. According to specialists, depression is considered to be a serious mental health condition that gets worse if you do not get treatment. Fortunately, once you begin getting treatment, you begin to see changes within a very short time. There are several symptoms of depression. Depression affects women, men, and children differently. However, there are generally symptoms of depression. These include:
- Mood: restlessness, irritability, aggressiveness, and anxiousness
- Emotional: feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and sad
- Behavioral: you may lose interest in the things you like doing, excessive consumption of alcohol, suicidal thoughts, and engaging in risky behavior
- Sexual: lack of sexual performance, and reduced sexual desire
- Cognitive: inability to concentrate, inability to perform and complete tasks, and delay in responses when engaging in conversations
- Sleep: insomnia, excessive sleepiness, and restless sleep
- Physical: digestive problems, fatigue, headaches, and pains.
What is Anxiety?
Your body, naturally, responds to stress by causing anxiety. Anxiety can be described as a feeling of fear about what is to come. This can be anything from going to an interview, moving to a new country, going to a new school, or giving a speech at a function. All these things may cause you to feel nervous and fearful. According to specialists, if your feelings of anxiety have lasted for more than six months, and they interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
It is normal to feel anxious when new things begin to occur in your life. Ordinary anxiety does not interfere with your daily routine. It is not incapacitating. It may even motivate you to work harder towards attaining your personal goals. However, when you have an anxiety disorder, you experience fear perpetually. Anxiety disorders may cause you to stop enjoying the things you love. This is similar to depression. Anxiety may get worse with time if not treated immediately. According to psychologists, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent form of emotional disorder. Additionally, these disorders can affect all persons regardless of their age. General symptoms of anxiety include:
- Rapid breathing
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Concentration problems
- Increased heart rate
In the next section of the article, I will be looking into ways in which we can fight depression and anxiety. Like all life challenges, you are required to be resilient and steadfast in your fight in order to win. Depression and anxiety are not things to be taken lightly. They deserve to be treated immediately and with the utmost care. Depression, for example, is a major cause of death amongst the youthful population in the United States, and countries around the world.
How to overcome Anxiety and Depression?
Perhaps you have noticed some changes in your life lately. You may find yourself feeling sad, hopeless and not enjoying the things you love. This situation has all the markings of depression. Additionally, you may find yourself feeling worried, uneasy or afraid. This may be anxiety. In life, it is normal to have things that concern you and to go through ups and downs. This is part and parcel of the human experience.
Anxiety and depression are like flip sides of the same coin. When you are anxious you feel depressed, and when you are depressed you experience feelings of anxiety. In the event you are diagnosed with both anxiety and depression, you should not be worried; there are several ways you can be helped. Below are a number of remedies you can consider for your treatment.
A professional is capable of developing a way for you that you can understand your condition. Some of the ways available help you achieve the following things:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapies and transformational Coaching help you to learn how you can adjust your actions and thoughts. (Recognize the why’s behind your behavior and feelings)
- Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) helps you to learn how to communicate in a healthy manner with others and yourself (yes I said to communicate with yourself!)
- TimeLine therapy inculcates skills that will help you manage your issues with your past and have a healthy new point of view of your reality.
One sure-fire technique of boosting your mind is engaging in exercises. Exercise is beneficial to both your brain and your body. Engaging in exercises helps enhance your confidence and self-esteem. This will also help improve your relationship with others. Exercises are considered to be a treatment for depression that is mild to tolerant. Even a walk in the park is capable of jump-starting your endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that help uplifts your mood.
If you are suffering from anxiety and depression, it is advisable that you give breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation a try. Meditating for about five minutes on a daily basis can help ease your anxiety and keep you in a good mood.
Engage in a healthy diet
You must always strive to eat a balanced diet. Depression and anxiety always trigger cravings for comfort foods. According to doctors, you should always try to eat lean protein and a bit of the good fats. It is also advised that you accompany your meals with a healthy serving of vegetables and fruits. You should avoid or limit caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.
Healthy and strong relationships help to boost your mood. Avoid people who vex your spirit. When you feel depressed, it is advisable that you reach out to your family and true friends. You should let them know exactly what you are going through. In case this is not available to you, you can join a support group. Support groups have people who go through the same problems as you. Together, you can support each other in the fight against anxiety and depression.
The most important aspects of human life are liberty, property, life and the pursuit of happiness. While most people have been able to achieve life, liberty, and property; the pursuit of happiness is the most elusive of them all. Life is full of struggles and challenges. These struggles and challenges cause us to feel depressed and anxious. These mental conditions can curtail us from reaching our highest celebration. However, by following the above-mentioned remedies, you will be able to overcome depression and anxiety effectively. Having done so, the sky will be the limit for you.
I love you all!! Stay on the good path!!