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5 Different Ways You Can Rid Depression

From middle school until my mid twenties I suffered from negative self-talk and suicide ideation. I would spend way too much time locked away in my room feeling extremely hopeless and useless. My mind was constantly traveling to dark places and it always seemed nearly impossible to escape this. It wasn't until I was twenty five years old that I had what most would call a "breakthrough".

Several events led to my understanding of how much we are in control of our current mental state. We can choose to wallow in the sadness or we can put our foot down and take action to live a happier life. 

This post will explain 5 different ways that you can free yourself from those mental chains and become a happier human overall. 

1. Going To Therapy

I'm sure you're thinking, "Wow didn't think of that one, Denise" but hear me out... Most people don't trust or believe in therapy because they haven't found the right therapist. I struggled with finding someone that I could connect with for the longest time and honestly felt discouraged during this process, however I kept trying and eventually found a Psychologist who understood my background and concerns. For example, I searched for someone who specialized in dealing with Hispanic patients with depression. The reason that I searched for something so specific was because I was certain that my upbringing had a lot to do with my current issues. Once you find that person that can truly challenge you and will get to the bottom of what's truly been affecting you, you will begin to experience breakthroughs that will change the course of your life. If you are confused about where to begin your search, here you will find therapists in your area based off specific issues and concerns. Don't give up hope until you find the one!

2. Change Your Diet

Eating healthier will make a HUGE impact on your mental health. You cannot eat heavily processed foods and expect to be energized and motivated. The foods we eat will always be directly related to how much energy we have for the day. That simple. 

3. Exercise Often 

The simplest way to feel better is to set your body in motion. Whenever you're experiencing the feeling of being stuck, just freaking move! I can't tell you how many times I have felt a million times better after getting a work out in after feeling down the entire day. The science is simple, physical activity releases endorphins in your brain which result in positive feelings. So just get movin'!

4. Get Outdoors

This one is by far my favorite because it's something I do any chance I get. I cannot even begin to express how important it is to just go outside if you are feeling trapped in your mind. There is of course science that backs this up but I will just speak from personal experience here. Going out in nature WILL change your mood. It does not matter how sad you are, fresh air and zero walls will always make a difference. 

5. Meditate

Let's face it, we live in a society that is incredibly demanding and requires an insane amount of energy from us. I can't tell you how many times I have been at work and felt like my coworkers and I are just little hamsters that were being forced to run on a wheel even when we really just needed a mental break. There were days that were just so challenging that I went home to have a meltdown because I never took time to just relax. Taking a few minutes out of your day to meditate will make a BIG difference. We hardly take time to calm the mind even though we are non-stop for 12+ hours. Think about your electronics for a second, it's necessary to turn them off once in a while because if not they will eventually need a reboot. So quiet the mind, reboot and return to your daily activities shortly after.

There is no right or wrong way to go about handling your depression. You must find what works for you. Just figure out what you need to do to feel some relief in your life. It takes a lot of effort and courage to push through those dark times when all you want to do is sulk. I believe in you. You will find some peace.

If you're looking for a new book to read that will help to guide you in eliminating negative thought loops, check this one out! Really helped me in a time when I suffered from the 'evil' mind chatter.