DEPRESSION IS A MAJOR ISSUE IN OUR SOCIETY.
We are all different and have different stories, but I am addressing this just in case it may help just one person who needs to hear this.
You matter. You are loved by people in the past, present and future. Here are some things for you to contemplate or try. If it doesn't hurt you, then why not try it?
Even if you have, it may not be the right help.
There all kinds of doctors and therapists, and sometimes you need to try more than one.
Chemical imbalances are real. Sometimes medicine is useful in restoring balance.
You are not alone. You feel alone, but there are people who care. Web search non-profit, your area, mental health, depression, care and see what you get. If you see a potential service, save the link, give them a call or send email to see how they may help.
TURN OFF THE TV
Seriously, there is so much junk on there, it is overwhelming. You cant channel surf without seeing violence and anxiety causing scenes. Take a break from the product pushing media and look around your real life. Focus on your life and environment, instead of one that is made up by other people so that commercials can be played.
Go now, Turn it off now. Seriously.
TAKE A WALK
Turn down your phone and put it in your pocket. A walk anywhere is better than no walk, but a walk in a park or nice neighborhood is certainly more pleasant. Walking gives you oxygen, fresh perspective and sometimes you meet nice people.
If you dont want to stop reading now, stop and set a reminder in your phone for a time that you can walk. Then….. Do it. Even if you are tired. Ironically, it can give you more energy.
ADOPT A PET
Dog vs. Cat - I am staying out of that age old argument. There is a ton of research point to the mental benefits of having a pet.
I will add a link to my story about adopting my first shelter dog and how it changed my health.
EXAMINE YOUR DIET
If you eat a lot of processed foods, stop it now. I know its easier. Cooking involves thought and doing dishes. There are preservatives, dyes, emulsifiers and more, that can wreak havoc on you mentally and physically. The big food companies make a lot of money on these products, but need them to stay stable on the shelves, so they will actually pay for scientists to try to negate damaging research.
We are all different and our bodies react differently to substances. If I have soy, I get inflamed joints. I observed it, tested it, googled it and found I am not the only one. Once I eliminated soy from my diet, I eliminated joint pain. If I had not listened to my body, I would have gone to the dr., got on medication that probably would have had side effects, and so on.
Notice your diet, log your diet if you can and look for patterns.
Web search - Foods that cause depression, Foods that are good for depression.
Be open minded. There is a lot of junk on the web and people that will sell you anything, but if you do enough reading, you will see patterns and find some truths amid the noise.
I am not a Dr. I cannot make unrealistic claims and everyone is different.
I can tell you that my family and I have had success with some supplements, so do some research and try some that may resonate with you, such as:
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Its such a cliche. But sometimes there are reasons that things become cliches. There is actually a science and art to breathing and filling your lungs with oxygen. A ton of research on how deep breathing properly can reduce depression and anxiety and increase energy and positive feelings. Pause now, and just try 2 long breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Go to YouTube and search How to deep breathe?
VOLUNTEER or DO RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
When I volunteer, I feel better instantly. There are countless studies about how doing kind deeds raises your level of good feelings.
Same as BREATHE, used in combination with BREATHE is even better.
Google it, try it, take a class, its real and not just for fruitcakes.
BOOKS AND APPS
Look around on Amazon and iTunes for depression books or apps. You can tell by the amount out there, that you are not alone.
BE OPEN TO IDEAS THAT MAY NOT BE IN YOUR CURRENT BELIEF SYSTEM.
Your parents were likely great people, but they do not know everything in the universe. You can go out and expand your truths.