Depression: A Murderer that Lives Inside Us
How should we deal with depression? This menacing melancholic mood that mutilates men’s minds?
Breaking down what breaks us down
Depression is a dangerous emotion. We can envision it as a scythe that slowly chips you away from the inside. Only few people can notice this, and the pain is so powerful, you feel like you can’t do anything about it.
Eventually, it kills you.
This “scythe” is just like sadness, but it hurts more and lasts longer. It goes without saying that sadness is a part of living; but, as like everything else, it will fade into the past. We often think too much about the low points in our life: a death, a lost opportunity, failures, days when everything just didn’t go as we had hoped. This affects how we think, feel, behave, and how we evaluate our lives, overall changing who we are and affecting our relationships.
Depression creates stress, which releases large amounts of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, eventually wrecking your nervous system through a cyclic adrenaline rush. It can cause oxidative damage to tissues in the body that leads to inflammation, triggering symptoms such as headache, ulcer, allergies, and diminished sexual desire. In addition, it also accelarates aging and damages brain tissue, as well as creating those suicidal thoughts.
So how do we remove this literal block in our life?
Convalescence takes time. We need to be strong, optimistic, and appreciative of all the little joys around us. However, there are some moments when we stumble, fall, and return to where we were before. Asking for assistance from someone you know never hurts.
Whenever you or someone else feels like the whole world is about to end, remember these:
- Terrible things can happen, but you cannot change them nor deny their occurrence. You can only treat them as remnants of your past and keep walking into the future.
- Don’t let one bad event ruin your life; the world is full of blessings that you either disregarded or haven’t encountered yet.
- Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. If you failed, try again; if you made a huge mistake, brush it off and do better next time. And, if you were recently bereaved, don’t let them see you waste your life after they have just lost theirs. One day, you will all be reunited, hopefully not too soon.
Some activities that can diminish depression, given that we have not yet succumbed to helplessness, include:
- Talking it out. Sometimes we simply need a friend to listen to all our anguish and despair. Don’t well up all that bitterness inside; ask somebody else to share the weight with you.
- Entertaining our hobbies. When we do something we like, we tend to forget all about everything else. Plus, it makes us happy! Better yet, try something new.
- Preserving our physical health. Mental and physical health go together. Eat healthily, exercise, and get enough sleep.
- Socializing. Communicating with the world can help your mind ease up. Join a club, hang out with friends or family, or volunteer for charity. Any activity that involves verbal exchanges is like a free visit to the psychiatrist.
- Watching comedy. Whether it’s a live stand-up performance or a YouTube video, anything that makes us laugh will make us forget those sad moments.
Despite these, depression is not easy to discard. You will need all the help you can get: from people you know, from professionals, from articles on the internet. It may take a long time, but recovering from it doesn’t mean you can’t pursue happiness in the meantime.
So keep in mind: Although life may seem cruel, it can also be full of happy memories. All you have to do is be brave enough to get up and make them.
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