Some people have a difficult time managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get best of them. If you’re one of them, this short list of vital techniques could really help you.

When I spoke to a counselor on the topic, they told me that one of the most important factors in managing depression is to challenge negative thinking with positive statements and logical thinking.

When you encounter thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense.

For example, if you are afraid that if you do not get a promotion, you will be stuck at your job forever, but no promotion seems forthcoming, it would be easy to feel depressed about the situation.

However, being strong and changing your thinking can be very beneficial in situations like these.

If you let yourself open your mind to all the possibilities, you will probably see that there all are kinds of opportunities available in the world. Just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one.

In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have the option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location.

Another issue many people who suffer from depression struggle with is getting out of bed in the mornings.

When this happens, take a deep breath and focus on something that can easily motivate you to get up. Will you make yourself your favorite breakfast food? Could you fit in a 30-minute walk if the weather is nice, stretch or listen to some music? Reading an exciting novel or newspaper, or doing an activity that gives you a fresh perspective on things is key. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you the confidence to do other things.

Sometimes, a task we need to perform in the near future is the weight pulling you down. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind’s eye.

For instance, let’s say you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game, and doing it well. By doing this, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes, and you will feel more positive about the upcoming event, while reducing fear and stress.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that make you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements.

As a Layman and author of an anxiety book, I have done many interviews with counselors on how to manage fear, anxiety and depression, and many agree that these techniques work.

They represent some basic ways to manage your depression. However, they cannot replace the help of a qualified medical practitioner. If you think you might be suffering from depression, be sure to reach out to an appropriate professional who can provide you with the treatment you need.

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