By Be Da Tree
To fight depression, please get help if you can, if you haven’t already. First get therapy and a psychiatrist. Finding the right treatment is a lot to deal with. Nothing works for everyone.
For me, it’s all Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: skills, awareness and so on. It’s about trying and sometimes training myself to act differently over and over, day by day, as well as I can.
How I fight depression
1. Sleep: It can take about 3 weeks to 3 months to train yourself to sleep at night. It’s called sleep hygiene, or sleep rules. Here is some further information. It requires strict work on an ongoing basis.
2. Eating: Have meals that are as regular, healthy and comforting as possible.
3. Thoughts: Distract yourself. Recognise and stop negative thought patterns, like circular thinking. Find out what works for you. It can be activity, creativity, talking to your own negative thinking to stop it, answering negative thoughts with counter-arguments, imagining stuff, meditation, dream journeys, music… everything involving one or all of your senses, sport, and many more.
4. Feelings: Do the same as 3., but for negative feelings rather than thoughts: ‘Well – how and what was I feeling again ;D …?’
A lot to work on
It’s a lot to work on, and it’s all I could think of right now. It’s a process, and it’s probably best learned and changed over time with a therapist.
Try not to judge yourself negatively – in general, and if doing the work is too much for you. Maybe just pick one thing to change at a time. Try to talk to and think about yourself as a good friend would do.
Survival is the only and most important thing on many days. Don’t give up. If you find hope somehow, try not to lose it again, ever!
We can fight depression together
Yes, I – and we – can do it! I believe in you. You are worthy, and you’re enough as you are. You matter, and you are not alone. There are always people who care. Depression can lead to (even more) loneliness. You can overcome that and meet people. We can help each other to fight depression. I feel for you.