You've heard many times from your friends complaining he/she is feeling depressed and are in depression after a normal grief or disappointment. Clinical Depression is more than just being sad or having a bad day. Depression is a real illness that hampers a person’s daily life and normal functioning. It causes pain both to the one who's affected and the people close to them. If you or your close one's has experienced any of these symptoms for at least two weeks, you may be dealing with depression:

• Persistent sadness or anxiousness

• An “empty” mood

• Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and low self-esteem

• Fatigue

• Loss of interest in activities and hobbies, which used to be interesting earlier

• Irregular sleeping pattern

• Weight changes (gain or loss)

• Thoughts of suicide.

OK, I've depression, now what should I do? Now that you know the symptoms of depression, there are some positive coping skills and strategies that you can apply to fight or prevent depressive symptoms without the help of, or in addition to, medication:

Do Exercise regularly. It's evident that remaining active is a good way to decrease depressive symptoms.

Stay engaged socially. Many people who've depressive symptoms withdraw themselves from their friends and family and shut themselves out. Maintaining these relationships can improve your overall mood as they'll provide you support and warmth.

Make achievable goals that give you a sense of accomplishment and focus on those goals. It'll increase your self-esteem and boost your motivation. An advisory tip: If your goal doesn't turn out well, adopt a “what have I learned from this?” approach versus a judgmental, “that’s why I’m horrible” approach.

Practice mindfulness and meditation.

Take a good sleep regularly and you can also make a sleep schedule. Consume less caffeine as it'll interfere with your sleep.

Show gratitude and smile more.

Spend some time outdoors. Take a walk or go to your friend's house, your favorite restaurant or your favorite park.

Eat healthy food, develop good nutrition and avoid alcohol.

Avoid procrastination.

Reduce your stress levels and learn to curb your negative thinking pattern.

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting an estimated 15% adults and one in 20 Indians is suffering from depression. So, it's the need of the hour to talk about mental health issues and now you also know some coping skills so go and help yourself and your close one's and also take.




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