So in conclusion by all means be friends with others who have depression but be very careful and remember to look after yourself. If your having a good day, there’s nothing wrong with offering somebody else some support, it might even make you feel better in yourself, but the minute you start to feel that your friend is having a detrimental effect on your health, you need to remove yourself from the situation. It’s hard enough to deal with this illness, without taking somebody else’s issues on board.
- Most importantly don’t try to deal with your illness on your own. It’s easy to push people away but how ever strong you think you are, you’re going to need support.
- Avoid spending all your time with other people who are depressed. Don’t get me wrong, support groups are great and having others who can relate to you is a good thing, but too much negativity can be detrimental. so you also need to surround yourself with positive optimistic people.
- Don’t listen to music that’s going to get you down or watch depressing television programs.
- Try to avoid getting transfixed on the news. By all means keep up to date with what’s happening around the world but also check out for some more uplifting stories.
- Don’t become isolated in your home. Try to motivate yourself to get out and get some fresh air every now and again, even if it’s just going into the garden.
- Don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol, It’s true it is a depressant!
- Don’t eat too much junk food or takeaways. Although it’s important to treat yourself, try to do this in moderation. It’s also important to look after your body. Eating healthy and regular exercise will be good for your mental well being.
Don’t dwell on all the negatives. I know this is easier said than done but however bad you’re feeling, remember ,tomorrow the sun will rise on a brand new day. Meaning you have the opportunity to start all over again.