Find Out Why Depression Happens and How to Help Yourself

A Depression Self-Help Guide

Everyone has their bad days when they feel under the weather and when they just want to stay in bed. But there are some of us that cannot shake the blues. Depression can persist for days, making it difficult to work, take care of the family, and perform everyday tasks. There are many causes of depression. It is something that cannot be ignored if it goes on for more than a week, especially if there is no reason to be feeling down.

The following is an overview of what major factors could contribute to a person experiencing depression:

  • Life events that are causing stress
  • Any medical problems
  • Medication side effect
  • Imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain
  • Genetic factors

Different depression disorders may arise from these factors. They are major depression, persistent depressive disorder, psychotic depression, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, and bipolar disorder.

  1. Major depression – If you have major depression, the symptoms will be severe enough to interfere with your work, sleep, and other areas of your life. It usually is situational, where someone close dies, for example. This type of depression can occur multiple times in a lifetime.
  2. Persistent depressive disorder – This disorder is one that lasts for at least 2 years in duration. This person will have episodes of major depression along with less severe symptoms in between.
  3. Postpartum depression – If you just had a baby and feel overwhelmingly helpless, this could be attributed to postpartum depression. Hormonal changes and having the responsibility of a newborn can bring this on.
  4. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – This condition comes about in the winter months when there is less natural light and shorter days. The depression then goes away in the spring and summer months. SAD can be treated with light therapy or antidepressant medication.
  5. Bipolar disorder — Bipolar disorder is not as common as the others. It is called manic-depressive disorder also. A person afflicted would experience extreme highs and extreme lows in mood. This is usually due to a chemical imbalance in the brain

How Can I Help Myself If I Am Depressed?

When you have depression, you will feel exhausted and helpless. All hope will seem to be lost. It will take everything in you to get up and do anything about it. It is imperative that you seek help to get better. You can do things for yourself as well if you follow these depression self-help guidelines:

Self-Care

Ahhh, self-care – a buzz word in today’s society, and for very good reason, too!

In an ever-changing world that is increasingly reliant on technology and less focused on face-to-face interaction, self-care often hits the wayside. Maria Baratta Ph.D., L.C.S.W, defines self-care as “the mindful taking time to pay attention to you, not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you.”

Self-care means different things to different people. For example, an athlete with a frenetic lifestyle may get massages weekly because it feels good to their body. A teacher with a free period may use that period to quietly play music while grading papers rather than interact with other teachers. A nurse may choose to use her lunch break to meditate away from a busy unit.

Practicing self-care is important to everyone, regardless of their career or age. It is especially important to those with mental health disorders.

Connection

Sure, a weekly or monthly appointment with a therapist might be essential, but find a connection with at least one friend or a close family member who you can speak with.

Discussing your feelings, problems, and emotions might be difficult, but making that connection with someone that you love and trust will make it easier.

Bonus: once you get used to sharing with this person or group of people, it will get easier to open up as time goes on.

Get Moving

The last thing that you may want to do is exercise but exercising produces endorphins. It is common knowledge that endorphins make us happier.

If you’ve never been someone who has exercised before, experiment with different types of exercise. You don’t need to purchase an expensive gym membership to reap the benefits!

Seek out community exercise classes, attend a yoga class, find a barre class on YouTube, or simply put on a pair of tennis shoes and take a walk or a slow jog! Make it even more fun by asking your children to dance with you or seeking out an accountability partner to exercise with you.

Yes, it is hard to get off the couch when we’re feeling pretty awful – but studies indicate that exercise actually helps the brain produce new neurons.

This may not mean that you’re ready to kick your antidepressant – but it is a great way to feel better.

Meditation

Anecdotally, I can tell you that meditation has improved my life immensely. I can’t tell you that my mental health has improved by X{6d92deb388488ba744150b1e480784efdfbe16b8455b03ec35fd58532fb88768} in X amount of days, but I can tell you that the practice of meditation has been life-changing.

I started a meditation practice when I was getting ready for a craniotomy. I already had anxiety, but it worsened with all the “what ifs” of the procedure. I relied heavily on the meditation practice during my recovery – and a year and a half later, my meditation practice is going strong.

As an anxious person, I still have a difficult time quieting my mind. I rely on guided meditations. However, when a guided meditation isn’t available to me (like a busy story or a traffic jam) I practice breathing exercises or repeat mantras.

Journal

Cliché, yes. Essential? Definitely.

I keep notebooks all over my house. I always carry a planner and several mini-Moleskin notebooks with me. Why? Because I need to jot down my thoughts and feelings at a moment’s notice.

Without a pen and paper, how can I dissect my interactions with others that would otherwise cause my distress? How else would I be able to lament about the issues in my life that are causing me to feel badly about myself? How else can I also keep track of the progress I’ve made in improving my mental health?

Journaling is probably the most powerful tool in my depression self-help repertoire.

Find Your Thing

Find the self-care “tool” that makes you feel great. Something that you can rely on that will make your body and mind feel amazing.

For me, I read books. I buy them on my Kindle. I purchase them from Amazon and Target. I check them out from the library. I trade with friends. I always have a stack of books on my bedside. I am never without a book to read.

I also get monthly massages. It is an indulgence that I save up for – and as a bonus, I see a massage therapist who is also skilled in working with my migraines.

What is something that you can do for yourself that will make you feel great?

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How to Deal with Depression the Easy Way

How to Deal with Depression the Easy Way

You want to stop feeling unhappy and depressed and enjoy life again, but how are you supposed to do that? What are the exact steps to take that actually work and that you can actually do?

Antidepressants haven’t worked as well as you’d hoped, or maybe you want to avoid them due to their expensive costs and unpleasant side effects.

Therapy can help, but it’s not a cure-all, and it’s not like you have instant access to a helpful therapist you trust 24 hours a day, even if you could afford such round-the-clock help.

And, finally, even though you know there are common sense things you could do to stop being depressed, like getting exercise, how on earth are you supposed to drag yourself to the gym and run on a treadmill for 30 minutes when you barely have enough energy to get off the sofa?

That’s the thing that people who’ve never experienced depression don’t understand: it feels next to impossible to do anything to stop being depressed when you’re actually depressed.

But what if there was an easy way to get rid of depression?

What if you knew the exact steps to take in the exact order to get rid of depression faster and easier?

Also, what if you had a strategy for beating depression that required minimal effort, so that you knew you definitely had enough energy to take steps that would make you feel better and less depressed?

Wouldn’t you already feel better, stronger, more confident — and less depressed — knowing you had a strategy you could easily execute?

Wouldn’t you also already feel less stressed and have more peace of mind if this strategy gave you the freedom and independence to overcome depression on your own terms: with or without antidepressants, with or without therapy, and with or without paying tons of money for therapy and medication every year to feel better?

And if you continued feeling better, less depressed and happier with every step you took with the strategy, wouldn’t eliminating depression become enjoyable to you, and therefore become a natural, easy process that only got easier and easier over time?

There is an easy way to stop being depressed — and you just found it

Congratulations: you just found the easy way to get rid of depression!

This strategy exists, and it works. I know this for a fact, because this is exactly how I got rid of depression in 2006 — and I haven’t dealt with depression since then.

Keep in mind that I struggled with depression for over 10 years before using this strategy, so discovering this strategy was absolutely life changing for me.

Since 2011, I have taught thousands of people how to stop being depressed the same way that I did, so I know that you can do it, too.

In fact, you’ll get some proof of this in the next 5 minutes.

How you’ll feel more confident and less depressed in the next 5 minutes

In the next 5 minutes, you’ll learn 5 steps to take to overcome depression the easy way.

For more detailed instructions on how to execute each of these steps, get access to the free depression training which covers how to complete each of these steps in greater detail.

For now, though, the point is for you to see how each of these steps makes it easy (or at least, much easier) for you to get rid of depression.

By grasping this, you’ll automatically have much more peace of mind about your situation, and you’ll be much more confident that you can do what it takes to beat depression.

Naturally, having more peace of mind and feeling more confident already makes you feel better and less depressed!

And that, right there, is proof that the strategy is already working for you.

Now let’s get started…

Step 1: Instantly boost your self confidence and feel less depressed

Struggling with depression can rob you of your self confidence and make you feel like you can’t get rid of depression no matter what you do.

This lack of self confidence, combined with a pessimistic view of your future where you see yourself doomed to struggle with depression for your entire life, only leaves you feeling more depressed than ever.

But what if there was a way to change all this in one simple step where you instantly felt more confident and better about your future, and this in turn instantly made you feel less depressed?

This simple step exists, and it is the one step that you absolutely must take if you want to stop being depressed.

Right now, I really want to tell you what this step is because it’s so important.

But at the same time, I know it’s even more important for you to have this realization: if you don’t know what the most important step is to stop being depressed, then of course it’s going to feel hard or even impossible for you to overcome depression.

On the other hand, if you do know what the most important step is to stop being depressed, then of course it’s a million times easier for you to stop being depressed, because you know exactly what to do.

This is the difference between proceeding to beat depression with confidence versus a lack of confidence, and it makes all the difference in the world in terms of how easy or hard it is for you to deal with depression.

Want to be more confident fast?

If so, then click here to get access to the free depression training right now and make it a million times easier to get rid of depression.

A few minutes after you sign up, you’ll know exactly what the most important step is for beating depression, and you’ll do it, and you’ll already feel much better and more confident. Just try it, and see for yourself.

Either way, doesn’t it already make you feel better and more confident just knowing that you can quickly develop this kind of confidence for beating depression by simply knowing what to do?

Step 2: Solve your motivation problem

When you’re struggling with depression, you often don’t have any motivation to do anything… Including motivation to take action to stop being depressed!

This can be frustrating and confusing for you that you want to stop being depressed, and yet, you don’t have the motivation it takes to do anything about your condition.

In any case, the end result is that you remain depressed due to no motivation or low motivation, and of course, dealing with depression seems incredibly hard, if not impossible to you.

But what if there was a way for you to solve your motivation problem? What if you had a way to instantly boost and keep your motivation to stop being depressed?

Wouldn’t you naturally find it easier to get rid of depression with more motivation?

Solve your motivation problem and make it easier to get rid of depression

In the free depression training, you’ll learn exactly how to instantly boost your motivation to get rid of depression, as well as learn how to instantly eliminate 3 common motivation killers that make it a million times harder for you to deal with depression.

For now, though, the point is to appreciate that boosting your motivation and solving your motivation problem will definitely make it easier for you to deal with depression.

And doesn’t it already make you feel better and more confident just knowing that?

Step 3: Solve your energy problem with the “Lazy Approach to Depression”

When you’re depressed, you barely have any energy to do anything, even things that you know would help you feel better and help you get rid of depression.

Unfortunately, most strategies for getting rid of depression seem like a lot of hard work when you’re depressed. For example, being told to get exercise and run for 30 minutes can seem like a cruel joke, when you barely have enough energy to get out of bed or take a shower.

So of course you’re going to find it hard to stick with these strategies, and you’ll probably give up, and feel more depressed than ever, feeling like you’ve failed in some way.

But what if having low energy wasn’t a problem for you?

What if you had a strategy for beating depression that completely solved your energy problem and made it easy for you to succeed?

A strategy that required minimal effort and that you could easily do no matter how depressed you were or how little energy you had?

A strategy that helped you gain more and more energy over time?

Wouldn’t this help solve your energy problem and make it so much easier for you to get rid of depression? And wouldn’t you naturally succeed with this strategy, since it’s easy enough for you to do?

Solve your energy problem and make it easier to get rid of depression

Guess what? You’re already learning steps that naturally help solve your energy problem.

In the free depression training, you’ll learn even more about what steps to take make sure that a low energy level is never an obstacle for you again with the “Lazy Approach to Depression”.

For now, though, just appreciate that solving your energy problem will definitely make it easier for you to deal with depression.

And doesn’t it already make you feel better and more confident just knowing that?

Step 4: Boost your self-confidence instead of pill confidence

When you’re depressed, you might have confidence in supplements or antidepressants in getting you out of depression…

But relatively little confidence in your own abilities to get out of depression without these pills.

Unfortunately, this puts you in a desperate “needy” position, where you experience more stress and anxiety due to not feeling capable of dealing with depression without pills.

At the same time, you also have lower self-esteem and lower self-confidence, due to not appreciating your own power and capabilities. And all of this makes it much, much harder to stop being depressed.

But what if you had more self-confidence than pill confidence?

What if you had a lot of confidence in your own capabilities…

And any benefits provided by supplements or antidepressants were minimal in comparison to you?

Wouldn’t have you naturally have less stress and anxiety, and feel way more calm and relaxed, knowing that you were in a much stronger position? Wouldn’t you enjoy greater peace of mind due to not feeling so needy or desperate anymore, even if you continued to take supplements or antidepressants?

Also, wouldn’t you enjoy greater self-esteem and self-confidence due to appreciating your own power and capabilities more?

And wouldn’t the combined effect of all of this make it much, much easier for you to stop being depressed?

Develop more self-confidence than pill confidence and make it easier to get rid of depression

In the free depression training, you’ll learn how your self-confidence has been undermined, and how to instantly restore your self-confidence so that you have more self-confidence than pill confidence.

This will immediately make it easier for you to deal with depression.

And doesn’t it already make you feel better and more confident just knowing that?

Step 5: Focus on the single most powerful way to get rid of depression

Maybe you don’t know the single most powerful way to get rid of depression, so you’re stressed about not knowing what to focus on to improve your condition as fast as possible.

Or maybe you’re so overwhelmed by all the things you’ve been told to do to stop being depressed, that you want to curl in a ball and not do anything, because it all seems like too much.

Either way, you’re probably wasting your time and energy doing things to get rid of depression that aren’t the most time effective or efficient, making getting rid of depression a much longer, harder, more miserable process.

But what if you took the ultimate shortcut for eliminating depression?

What if you knew without a doubt what the most powerful, effective way was to get rid of depression? Wouldn’t that already give you peace of mind to know the biggest, most powerful solution to your problem?

And what if you just focused on that one, powerful solution, more than anything else? Wouldn’t you get faster, easier, and more effective results with less time and energy?

And wouldn’t that naturally prevent you from being overwhelmed by a list of 101 things to do to stop being depressed? And wouldn’t all of this just make it so much easier to get rid of depression?

Focus on what matters the most to make it easier to overcome depression

In the free depression training, you’ll learn how most people are mistaken about what the most powerful factor is for eliminating depression, and how to avoid this common mistake, since it makes it so much harder to stop being depressed.

You’ll also discover the single most powerful way to get rid of depression, beyond the shadow of any doubt, so that you focus on what works the most and gives you the best results.

For now, though, just appreciate that focusing on what works the most will definitely make it easier for you to deal with depression.

And doesn’t it already make you feel better and more confident just knowing that?

Get instant access to the free depression training and start getting rid of depression today

Ideally, you already feel better, stronger, more confident, more encouraged, and possibly even a little happier and more energized after reading this article and appreciating that you have the capabilities to make it much, much easier to get rid of depression.

And guess what? It only gets more fun and exciting and enjoyable as you actually start doing it and you prove how capable you are.

Yes, I said it: it can actually become fun to get rid of depression when you start getting rid of depression the easy way, and you start achieving things you might have previously thought were “impossible” to achieve.

So get instant access to the free depression training right now, and start getting rid of depression the easy way.

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