Are you depressed? How do you know? As it turns out, depression is a very common emotional disturbance that will, most likely, affect you in this lifetime. Depression symptoms may include:
- Loss of energy
- Sleep disturbances (or sleeping too much)
- Loss of appetite
- Reckless behavior
- Bad “self talk”
- At worst – suicidal tendencies
The reason I am bringing this up is that I am a nurse and deal with many types of people every day. Depression is common, but not talked about enough, and not treated enough. Suicide is getting bad. According to statistics: On average, adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years.
I’m not trying to bring you down, but we need to do something. I can attest that depression has hit me hard a couple of times in my life, but luckily, passed in a few months. Crying for no reason, feeling lonely, or curling up in your bed are a few hints that your brain may be taking you for a ride.
So what can you do today to help with depression?
- Take a different view. This can be done in a couple of ways. You could talk to someone and ask their opinion of your problem. Look at it from their space. Here is a big tip, DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. Believe it or not, helping someone who needs assistance takes your mind off your own problems and puts things into perspective.
- Think of a happy memory. Close your eyes and be in the memory. What do you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell? Relive the best time in every way.
- Say something nice to yourself. Stop talking badly to yourself, after all, you know you. You are, in many ways, your own best friend and ally. Start acting like one. If you talked that way to your friend, the friendship would never last.
- Make a future plan. This could be tomorrow, next week, or next month. In any case, you need to plan and show up to this event. Your life is passing you by – go experience it.
- Find something to look forward to. This could be as simple as talking to someone at work, or watching a movie on Friday. Whatever……something good is coming up.
No matter what, remember that your life is relatively fast in comparison with the Universe.. You need to live, learn, experience good AND bad in order to shape yourself into the person you are meant to be.
If all of this sounds trite, I beg you to call for support. Talk to someone…anyone. We want you here. You can do this.
National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
If you are down, try using a few of these techniques, and don’t feel bad reaching out. That is what we are here for: supporting each other.
Cheers for the weekend, follow, comment, share…..and take care. Deb