Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Are you depressed?

How do you stay positive when everything around is sinking? Th answers i hear from people around are, 'Stay Positive', 'Tomorrow will be a better day', 'Things don't look so bad' and so on. Though all of these are true but, at that moment when you feel like screaming out loud, none of these is a consolation!

Clinical depression is a totally a different ball game. I am just talking about how lightly we use the word, "Depression" in our everyday life - 'Such a depressing day', 'i am feeling so depressed', 'life is depressing'. Slip offs here and there turns the day into a depressing one. For some, even a boring day translates into a depressing day.

It doesn't really matter what the really cause for the mood swing is,  it is inevitable! Everyone wants to get back to the best of their moods but fail. If a series of events in life doesn't go your way, then it gets even more difficult to find solace. One-off incidents are easier to adjust and major life changing events may need professional help, but what do you do with these miniscule bits of sporadic issues that creates disturbance to ripple your mind? They aren't too big to cry over and they aren't too small to ignore. Have you been in a situation like that? How do you pick yourself up?

The best things to do that can help you see the lighter side, while you are pushed to the corner.

  • Eat, Eat, and Eat - Food can change moods, try eating your favorite food or fulfill the urge of your taste buds at that moment; it pays off. I remember hogging on a chocolate truffle cake and a blueberry mousse for lunch at work, when i actually didn't feel like eating, cause i was so troubled. It made my day! A friend chided, "And you didn't want to eat!"
  • Music - Do i even have to mention this? But, yeah when you are down, you need someone to remind you! Play some music and get involved! Don't let the music haunt you; never play music that gets you thinking. Shake your legs, minds and hands to the music.
  • Movies - Some movies can really lift your spirits up! Try tuning in to a movie that has a good uplifting message.The brilliance of movie making can also brighten your day.
  • Walk - Get out of your concrete building and take a walk in the park/garden. If you are someone who admires nature - this is for you. 
  • Talk to a friend - Now, this is something we all attempt but doesn't always give you the high. Choose your friend correctly; someone who can listen without an opinion. Advices at that point of time can infuriate more and those 'too good to be true' statements can bog you down further. Universal truths can be bitter too; when you are battling a down swing, you will never have ears for these. So, just be wise with your choice.
  • Write - Writing/blogging can be a wonderful let out. Transfer everything from your mind to paper - it's just feels so light. Blogging can inhibit your feelings, cause no matter how much we deny it, we are humans and very conscious of others around. Blogs do help depending on the intensity of the issue.
  • Others - Indulge in any activity that switches you off from the world. Photography/Cooking/Gardening/Painting - Nurture your interest, it helps during a difficult phase. A person with no hobby cultivated endures hard during a low phase of life.
Any of these will only help lighten your mood and let go of that 'bad' lurking emotion, yet it is important to indulge in any one of these before you get to handling the issue. A disturbed mind can't seek a solution and when you are down in the dumps, it's no use trying. You still have to deal with the issue.


Once you feel better, you can look at the larger picture. Issues that can be sorted and for which you have devised a solution, never makes you feel broody; identifying a solution turns the problem into a challenge. It's those things that are out of control that annoy, aggravate and agitate. And sometimes the weird mind can feel low for no apparent reason too.

If circumstances are not in your favor and you are waiting for a response from the environment, then to just keep yourself going and not be let down; indulge in these simple pleasures of life. Brace yourself - waiting can be excruciating!


Dee........ said...

good points !
will help a lot :)
whenever i feel depressed, i will hear to songs and espl will watch BABY'S LAUGHING video on you tube :)
all pressions will fly away :D

Bhagyashree said...

As usual beautifully put Divya. I guess we all go thru such phases but if someone tells what to do and how to do, it helps
On another note Divya; can u please lighten the background of ur template. For people like me who have vision problems, it is very difficult to read. But then ur posts are so awesome, I don't want to miss a single post :)

Divya said...

Thanks Deepak. Yeah, a child's smile can do wonders :-)

Bhagyashree - Thank you :) I have changed the font color. let me know if the readability has improved?

Harish said...

Great points.. Thanks for posting them. Yeah and blogging is a great stress buster..

Bhagyashree said...

Thanks Divya it is better now :)

deVa said...

Ah! Let me see. I try 'music', 'movies', 'walk' and 'write' you have listed. A very good post. It was as though getting a medical prescription, without going to the hospital :)
Thank uuu

Akshay Kumar G said...

You always inspire me Divya with your posts and your intellectual ability. Really great points, I do follow few of them as well. :)

Sujatha Sathya said...

i have gone through a phase of depression once and i could relate to this post

the suggestions are all very do-able and talking worked best for me

Divya said...

Thank Harish!

Deva :-) Certain things work best for certain people and certain moods..It's a complex mind after all ;)

Akshay - Thank you!

Sujatha - Yes, talking to friends brings a new life for me too :)

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