We all go through times when we feel down or unhappy. During this time of Covid-19, it is totally expected that we would be feeling particularly sorrowful, sad, or despondent. These feelings will hopefully be temporary and we can expect to feel better.
Depression, however, means consistent, overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These feelings affect your relationships, career, and overall well-being.
“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.”Matt Lucas
Some symptoms of depression:
- Consistent feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Lack of energy
- Feeling empty or numb
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of appetite or eating too much
- Thoughts of suicide
- Headaches or stomachaches
A diagnosis of depression is caused by a number of things, including an imbalance of brain chemicals, mood regulations issues in the brain, and stressful events. Individuals with depression can’t just snap out of it. People suffering from depression also have nothing to be embarrassed about or to feel ashamed of.
If you are feeling down or sorrowful, there are things you can do to help yourself feel better.
- Confide in others – If you are feeling down, this is the time to lean on your family and friends. Talk to them about what you are going through and what you are feeling.
- Use positive self-talk – Change your negative thoughts into positive, encouraging messages.
- Take care of yourself – Eat healthy and get enough sleep. Studies show there is a definite link between our sleep (quality and quantity) and our mood.
- Get some exercise – Physical activity, even if it’s going out for a walk, can lift your spirits and make you feel better.
- Help someone else – Helping others can make you feel good about yourself and curb feelings of depression. Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community.
- Meditate – With guided meditation, a voice helps you relax your body and focus on your thoughts. Guided meditations are available on streaming services like Spotify, and apps like Calm.
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’The Talmud
The important thing to remember is that there are things you can do to help yourself when you are feeling sad or discouraged. During this time of pandemic and quarantine, we all need some extra care and self-love, so be easy on yourself.