Coping with Depression

Depression in and of itself is difficult, and depression due to domestic violence is so much more difficult! I understand both because I have dealt with both. In my upcoming posts, I will be sharing tips on how to cope with depression. Not all tips are possible to do in a DV relationship, but just do the best you can. It is hard to have the hope and energy needed to leave a volatile situation when you are depressed. Again, do the best you can and know that I am here to help when at all possible! Heart 2 Heart Christian Ministries 817-689-9347
Why is dealing with depression so difficult? Depression drains your energy, hope and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you feel better. Sometimes, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting or impossible to put into action.
It is the Catch-22 of depression recovery: The things that help the most are the things that are the most difficult to do. There is a big difference, however, between something that is difficult and something that’s impossible. While recovering from depression is not quick or easy, you do have more control than you realize—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. You may not have much energy, but by drawing on all of your reserves, you should have enough to take a walk around the block or pick up the phone and call a loved one, for example.
Taking the first step is always the hardest. But going for a walk or getting up and dancing to your favorite music, for example, is something you can do right now. And it can substantially boost your mood and energy for several hours—long enough to put a second recovery step into action, such as preparing a mood-boosting meal of arranging to meet an old friend. By taking the following small but positive steps day by day, you will soon lift the heavy fog of depression and find yourself feeling happier, healthier, and more hopeful again.
Check back tomorrow for tip #1.

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