Depression is real! Oh you must have heard this like a thousand times all over the internet, on the radio, everywhere. There has been a growing awareness campaign on the deadly killer called Depression!
It is something that has been around for a long time-The silent Killer!
WHO IS DEPRESSION?
The one that keeps the House wife awake all night. The one that made the widow to develop high blood pressure. The one that got that Aunty in her late 30s or early 40s all cranky. Depression, the one that made it look like men had high early mortality rate than women. That is why, you advise men to quickly get their Wills together, In case, just in case!
The man goes about with a high burden, no one checks on him to know if he is alright. It is the school fees season, house rent will be due soon, House keeping, there are the in laws! The list is endless!
Nigerian Factor! But he is silently not happy, he is the man. So he slowly sinks into depression until….Boom!
I am not one to talk about depression but personal experiences have thought me that it is real. I have had to go through a personal journey lately and I realized how easy it is to sink into depression without knowing.
Suddenly, you can’t tell anyone what you are going through. Suddenly, you can have a party alone with yourself. Suddenly you begin to find justifiable reasons to blame others. Oh, it’s all coming together! You don’t even want to work! All die na die you say! So, you stay and do nothing. Because nobody cares , afterall!
IT’S ALL IN THE HEAD!
But you know this feeling is not right. Something is going on and it is not good at all. You need to get out of it. Sink or Swim!
I had to call myself to a meeting… I told me the truth, what it would take and I asked me if I’d be willing to do the nine whole yards? It is hard work!
First, i acknowledged there is a problem, then it requires work and Patience ! It is a Journey!
⇒DELIBERATE JOY WILL TAKE YOU FAR!
Unhappiness releases toxins into your system and these can trigger sicknesses . Unhappiness can spoil relationships for you because you bring bad energy . Gradually, because you allowed it, you become a master at it, you naturally discourage relationships and loose existing ones! What could be worse?
NOW YOU WILL DEAL WITH YOURSELF, ALONE!
This journey will require you to deliberately make attempts to do things that will make you happy. Let me share a few of the things I have tried with you.
Endorphins are one of the neurotransmitters released when you exercise. Endorphins help to regulate your mood. Beyond weight loss, Exercise will take you out of the blues and boost your mood. Exercise will release the feel-good brain chemicals, take your eyes off your worries and relax your muscles.Are you having signs of Depression, Exercise!
“Simply put, most people who are depressed have something wrong with their brain chemistry,” says William Walsh, Ph.D
INVEST IN VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
Take healthy meals. Include fishes like Mackrels, tuna, sardines. Eat nuts like walnuts (Not expensive, you can get them around). Take leafy vegetables. I am a sucker for Lettuce. You can blend with an apple or simply just add it as part of your meals. A 500 lettuce should take you for a few days, depending on your consumption level. It’s usually my first drink after water every morning. I blend with an apple and that gives me about 3 cups and I drink and I am happy !
A good sex with the right one can change the whole mood . lol
A nice massage with oils will calm your nerves and release your happy hormones. Someone at home can help you if you can not afford a professional masseur or masseuse.
Dance for no reason. At first, your feet will be heavy, lift them any way, gradually, you pick up and up and up! There you go!
APPRECIATE YOUR PROGRESS
Don’t beat yourself too hard. Take your time, appreciate your little progress, be kind to yourself and reward yourself. Remember it is a journey, it is okay if you skip here and there, and it is perfectly okay to clap when you win.
Everyday, before you sleep, go over your day. Close your eyes and watch yourself like a movie. Don’t judge, don,t feel bad, just review the day . This will help you know and recognize things that are good for you and the ones that are not.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND MEDITATE
Go to play store, find Meditation Apps .Boy! They work, make time for meditation, release those toxins and heal!
SEE A THERAPIST
I didn’t have to but if you find out your situation is going out of hand, see a therapist to walk you through the journey!
Prayer is simply communicating with God. Pour out your heart, tell Him exactly how you feel, cry if you have to. Crying is not a sign of weakness, it may be a sign of healing even. Just speak to God, He hears!
In conclusion, like we already established, this is a journey, it will require time, discipline, patience and a never-say-never attitude! From the list above, you can develop a healthy lifestyle and positive outlook to things.
Enjoy your journey!♥