I have had people ask me the cure for depression. I do not know if there is. If there was, it would be nice to have a lot of it in Nigeria where studies have shown that 1 in 10 people suffer from depression and bipolar illnesses. The country is hard enough. Almost on a weekly basis, we hear cases of people who try to commit suidice. Some succeed and some don’t. According to Lagos State laws, if you want to commit suicide, you have to be “successful” at it or else you face jail term and a whooping fine.
You heard me right.
Some have argued that this jail term and fines will make those who want to commit suicide think twice. Some have said it will only make them plan a better method of ensuring that they are successful at killing themselves. Either way, one is not going to relent for the other. Such a sad state of affairs!
I know what it feels to think the world is crumbling down around you. Diagnosed clinical depression is far more than that. This involves getting a diagnosis from a psychologist. There is no known cure for depression(just pills to manage the situation) but chanches are that you have not gotten to that stage yet. So…let’s call it stress or mood swings, shall we? Even if you have gotten to that stage, seek professional help but before you do, here are 5 ways to get those positive vibes back on!
Breathe in and breathe out. S-l-o-w-l-y. Do this as many times as possible. Find time to relax and remove every worrying thought from your mind. Deep breaths will help you relax the mind and slow your racing heart. It will also help you get a good grip on your emotions before you do anything to harm yourself. Think about the sun…Or brightness…Or the clear sky. Tomorrow is another day.
Focus on Your Values
You are more than whatever is going on within you at the moment. You are valued. Think about all the things you value and all the things you hold in high esteem. Think about the amazing person you are and the people that love you. Think about the pros of your life. Focus on the positive. Thinking about the pros on your personal pro/con list has been proven to lower stress and increase positivity.
Some people call this yoga but I try to leave things uncomplicated. Develop a habit of going into mediation when you feel low. Get a flat surface, sit and clear your mind of all worries. Let your mind travel to happier times while you murmur comforting words. Try to meditate more often and for about fifteen minutes a day.
Get a massage
Nothing screams “relaxation” than a good ol’ massage. It works wonders on your nerves and makes the body lighter. It also sharpens the mind, makes the body weightless and gives you an extra spring in your step. Get a trusted friend to help you remove the kinks in your joints or visit a Message, even if it is once a month.
Protect Your Personal Time
Your personal space is very important. Filter what you absorb especially in this day and age of social media. Studies show that most of the time, depression is caused when individuals panic and try to equate their lives with that of their peers. Try not to live a life based on another person’s social media controlled content. Looks can be deceiving. People will do anything to give off airs of being better than their neighbors or peers. It sorely depends on you to face your life and realise that we all have different paths in life. You are not in a competition with anyone but your previous self.
If you are employed, leaving work at a regular time and unplugging at home will help ease job stress. Have a quiet time more often than not, surround yourself with loved ones and do what makes you happy(this must be right and undestructive).
P.S: Visit a psychologist if the symptoms persist so as to get an accurate diagnosis of what is wrong.
Sending you love and light!