Life is a long journey made of ups and downs. There are situations when things do not go the way we wanted or expected and afterwards, it makes us feel low and down. Each person has a different way to relieve himself out of such unfavorable situations. Some try to keep themselves occupied in some activities whereas some likes to ponder deep on things going in their life. Whatever be the way, you should never forget that there is always a beautiful tomorrow waiting out there for each one of you. Remember that your mind is a battleground and you are the one who has to write the story of this battle. All you need is patience and peace of mind. Here are some ways you can wipe off your sadness or depression.
10. Do something childish
Try to engage yourself in something that keeps your mind occupied and at the same time happy. You can opt to do something childish. Try to jot down a hundred things which had made you happy in the past. It may appear stupid and annoying at beginning but will soon rekindle your vigor. More better would be playing with kids. Their giggling will make you feel delighted.
Cooking food will disengage your mind and can be great fun in case you enjoy it. There is a tendency among some people that they try to skip their routine meals when they are sad and depressed. This will ultimately worsen you mental and physical condition.
8. Go out somewhere
A long walk or drive will cause fresh air to enter and rejuvenate you mind. Go somewhere with a friend, a family member, or even by yourself. Ladies who are shopaholic can shop around and pull themselves out of the negativity. You can plan for a movie or picnic. Staying inside can feel like trapping yourself inside the prison of your depression.
Your body needs to be well-nourished, well-rested, and cherished. Sleep is required for various regenerative functions. Lack of sleep can aggravate negative thinking. The body perceives the sleep loss as a “stress” which increases levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol which interferes with insulin function. After a sound sleep, when you wake up, you feel fresh and lighter.
6. Express yourself through art
Many depressed individuals lift their moods through the creative process by utilizing art therapy. Arts like music, dance, drama, clay working, painting and drawing allow teenagers to express their feelings, even when they find it difficult. You have no pressure on your performance and no judgement in the quality of your creation ans so you tend to fall in love with your creativity. You can try listening to energetic, jumpy, soulful, or happy tunes, along with some number which inspires you or remind you of good times. If not art, you can even put down your darkest thoughts in your personal diary.
5. Cry out aloud
Some people do not cry especially in front of others as they feel that this would reveal their weaker side. Try to let the tears out when you feel like it, and you might feel more relieved of your sad feelings, as if you got them “off your chest”. Studies suggest that a majority of people who cry feel better than they did before.
4. Talk to someone who understands you
This is probably the best thing you can do to feel lighter. Try to talk with friends, parents or someone who is close enough to understand your problem. You can spill out your entire problem before them. Don’t try to isolate yourself as remaining aloof is not going to improve your situation.
3. Medical aid
Some depression results from, or is a side effect of, medical conditions or treatment. It is important for your doctor to identify the physical or mental causes for depression. Common medical conditions that might trigger depression include: vitamin or mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, pessimism, feeling of worthlessness or any genetic link to depression.
2. Yoga and Meditation
Medication is not always a permanent solution. The habit of running to a doctor for anti-depressants that simply disguises the issue is the norm. The culture of meditation, although it is getting better all the time, is still not widely accepted. Meditation and yoga are the best alternatives for pills and potentially the best way to fight your stress. The theoretical explanation for the effects of meditation and relaxation techniques is that the release of catecholamines and other stress hormones are reduced and parasympathetic activity is increased.
It’s time for some introspection. Ask yourself certain questions and look for the answers within yourself. Is what you’re upset about really as important as you think? Did it seem to heavily affect you than those around you? If you sulk about little problems, like not receiving a perfect grade, then you’re going to feel sad a lot more easily. Remind yourself of how lucky you are. There’s always someone out there who isn’t as lucky as you. Feel grateful for what you do have, especially simple things like family, friends, or your health. Try to find the solution of your problem which may be sometimes compromising but accept it.