If it were a year ago that I were asked to write this article I would have laughed my behind off forgetting for a minute there that I was depressed. One of the best things that have helped me overcomes this brutal, subtly killing disease (Ok, I’m gonna go easy on the adjectives) is understanding that at some point on everyone’s life, he/she gets dejected to the point that they build up this ludicrous notion that there is no one but them who is going through such horrifying period. I know you think so. Because I did too.
I bet you’ve heard the famous Abraham-Lincoln-never-giving-up story. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business. If I were him I would have never got up from my bed. That is precisely the reason why he became one of the most famous presidents of America and I didn’t. That’s exactly the reason why I took a solemn oath a year ago, that I would never give up.
For me depression was about procrastination, hopelessness, and even death. It took me a lot to just move a finger. The very reminder that I have to get up early for school was fatiguing. I managed my lessons the night before my exams. I frequently got ill and was even hospitalized many times. I was no more the hyper, non-stop chattering girl but in lieu someone I didn’t even know and definitely someone I hated to the very core. I considered death as this petrifying yet highlighted-with-this-gaudy-yellow-marker option.
Yet, today I’m here writing an article on ‘’how to manage depression’’. What I’m trying to tell you is that if a 16 year old can do this, anyone can. Be it a forty year old or a twelve year old.
Since I know how frustrating it is to read long, boring paragraphs which are not up to the point, I will cut the fluff out by pointing out a few steps that helped me to get back to the old me.
The first and the most important rule is the ‘heard a lot to give a damn about’ rule. Nurture your passion. I could write another article just on this point but I am moving on by saying that I haven’t met a single person who is not talented and that mine is writing. Don’t roll your eyes saying that I haven’t read my own stuff. No one apparently, is born exceptional. Some practice and some procrastinate. That’s the difference between you and your rock star best friend.
This is something I learned from the Zen of Living. Get up and do the thirty seconds of the task that you want/need to achieve. It always works, trust me.
Smile. Smile at a stranger or your own best friend whom you have been upsetting with your recent boring attitude.
Laugh. You need not Google for jokes but just laugh, if possible, at a mirror. Notice how radiant you are looking with that splendid laugh of yours.
Keep a journal. Yes, I know! Remember the 30-second rule.
Treat yourself. Get a massage or go for a relaxing bath. Wear that expensive perfume and head to the door.
Know that the moment you were born you were bestowed with the unquestionable power to create your life as you go. So get behind the wheel and only stop for gas.
Accomplish one thing a day. It can be learning a new word, walking for 15 minutes, or ringing up your kindergarten best friend.
Grab every opportunity. The hard part is not saying ‘yes’ but spotting out these opportunities. When you come across anything that is out of your comfort zone and your instinct is torn between a yes or no, go for it! It might not turn out to be your best decision or even cause some bad repercussions. But you know you won’t be again that person who at the end of the day, gasps and asks, ‘’what if?’’.
Make sure you devote at least five minutes to these three activities every day.
Listen to some good music.
Daydream. Enough said.
Try some yoga, at least sun salutation. All you need is youtube, gorgeous ladies.
Plant a tree. Nurture it every day. Watch it grow. Knowing that a life depends on you will help you recognise how important your life is. As an added bonus you are going green!
Article by: Della Ann Antony
Image Courtesy: Sumedha Pareek
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