As we continue to explore the field of mental health and open up the conversation, an important disease to discuss is that of depression. Depression is an ongoing internal battle that can be difficult for other to understand; it is often thought of as a deep sadness but it encompasses so much more than that. While everyone will have a different journey and different ways of working through their challenges, these suggestions from one mental health advocate might help you to manage your depression.

  1. Know and understand your own limits. While even just knowing your limits can be difficult, it might help to make a list of things that cause you the most anxiety to refer to. This way, you might be able to better prepare yourself to deal with these things or even avoid doing things that might trigger anxiety for you.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Make a list of individuals that you feel comfortable reaching out to for support. Know that you are not alone in this journey and that others are here to help you.
  3. Be aware of your emotions. Check in with yourself and see how you are feeling. While this may sound hard to control, acknowledging where you are at emotionally can help you on your journey.
  4. Consider various options for managing your mental health. This could include counseling, medication, homeopathic options, or otherwise. Every individual will have a different combination of options that work best for him or her.
  5. Enjoy the happy times. Recognize the moments when you do feel joyful and bask in them, even if they might be few and far between.

Know that you are not alone. Seek out support and help from a mental health professional to help you manage your depression.

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