1. Tell people
One of the biggest fears of someone with depression is bringing their friends and family down with them, but it’s much better to let people know. For one thing, I bet that a good chunk of your friends have experienced depression to some degree in their lives, even the people who seem happy all the time might be hiding a deep dark secret. One of two things will happen when you start telling people. They will either empathize with you and share their story or they’ll tell you to “cheer up” or “life isn’t that bad”. Little do they know you physically can’t “cheer up” because your brain won’t let you even if you tried. You feel like you’ve lost control over your mood and your brain now has a mind of it’s own. Only people who have gone through depression will understand this. Find those people and take all the help and support they can give you. They want to help you, so let them and when you’re back to your normal self, you will want to give back as well.
2. Lower Stress
Did you experience a dramatic life change in the past few months? What about a traumatic event? When a person experiences trauma it can physically change your brain chemistry. Any type of prolonged high level stress will be incredibly taxing on your brain. Adrenaline is corrosive to your body and will make your mind weak. This is why it is CRUCIAL to actively seek out ways to lower stress. When you’re extremely depressed it might be too late to take this step which is fine, but if you catch it in time, make sure your stress levels are kept in check. Meditate, breathe, spend time with friends, eat a meatball sandwich, whatever will make you even a little bit…ok. Doing little things for yourself will keep your spirits at least a little bit up.
3. Figure out the root cause
Did you know that there are also physical causes to depression? You might have heard of “heavy metals” such as mercury and aluminum. You might have heard from someone, somewhere that they’re in the oceans, and you might have heard that tuna and swordfish are especially high in mercury. Well, so is your brain. There is no doubt that there is mercury in your body right now. If you’ve ever eaten seafood, it’s in there. Manufacturing plants dump all there by product into the ocean, much of which is heavy metals. Even if you’ve never eaten seafood, metals can be found in everything from medications to children’s toys. The thing about the brain is that it is very absorbent. It’s made out of fat, so any metal that enters the body will be drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Metals can seep into your brain and interrupt neurotransmitter activity. Ever wonder why some people are more prone to depression than others? Someone could have lived through a war and they’re fine, but your girlfriend just dumped you and now you can’t get out of bed. It could be that these people have higher concentrations of mercury or other metals in their body through no fault if their own. Look into chelation therapy or talk to a natural practitioner to get your metal levels tested. Other factors could be vitamin deficiencies. Supplements like Pharma GABA, 5-HTP, Melatonin, and vitamin D all play a role in brain health. If you’re not getting enough sun or you’re not producing enough GABA in your brain to stay calm and happy, talk to your doctor about natural therapies that can give a little light to your day.
4. Don’t be ashamed of taking medication
There is no taboo anymore when it comes to taking medication for a mental illness. If it feels right to you, then go for it. You don’t want to let your illness ruin your life. Getting it under control so you can attempt to get your life back together is so important. It could be a very valuable tool in your recovery. When you are depressed it’s hard to remember what your life was even like before the dark cloud came along and got stuck on your head. Medication can help you get your personality back and keep your depression from getting worst. Trust your gut. Know the risks involved and if it feels right, then it’s the right thing to do.
5. Talk to a therapist
Investing in a therapist who you trust is huge. It’s very rare, especially nowadays that we can find someone who will really listen to what we have to say. Having a chance to talk about the hard things in life is like a huge release. It’s like getting a massage for your brain. Cognitive behavioral therapy is becoming more and more popular these days as people are attempting to tackle their mental illnesses in a more natural way. Depression is a huge sign that something in your life is not right and you will be surprised how much you will find out about yourself in just one session. You will find out what things in your life are stressing you out, whether it is your job, relationships or past trauma. It might be something you’ve never even considered, yet it could very well be the thing that made your brain give up. You will know how to take care of yourself in the future once you take the time to dive a little deeper.
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