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Depression can happen to anyone for many reasons. There can be a genetic predisposition as well as an environmental situation(s) that can trigger it.
Depression can bring with it feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness, low self esteem, anger, guilt, shame, feeling of regret and anxiety.
Physical symptoms may include: fatigue, sleeping more or less, eating changes, and a loss of interest in activities and daily living.
Thoughts may include: I am worthless. The world is a terrible place. I can't make it better. I give up. Its all my fault. What's the point.
Thoughts set up a vicious cycle in which actions are affected, which individuals tend to do less or isolate which further intensifies the depression.
Changing the way we think can interrupt this cycle. Implementing purposeful actions can also help break this cycle.
Physical Activity--walk, garden in the sunshine.
Exercise--swim, bike run, jog, yoga
Utilizing Deep Breathing and Grounding Techniques (what do you see, hear and taste?)
Do something different.
Take up an interesting hobby.
Listen to uplifting music.
Focus your attention fully on another activity--mindful activity.
Use Positive Affirmations and Self Talk.
Call a friend, be with others.
Use Guided Imagery and/or Safe Place Imagery.
Change negative self talk.
Do not catastrophize the situation.
Write down your thoughts and feeling and tell yourself this will pass.
Take each day and one moment at a time.
Use relaxation techniques, mediation and prayer.
Ask yourself if there is another way to look at the situation.
Logically ask yourself if you are over exaggerating the situation.
Am I exaggerating the negative and minimizing the positive.
Do a daily gratitude list.
Get out and help others.
Set realistic goals.