Coping With Depression Through Counseling
Depression counseling is a useful tool for anyone living with depression. Depression affects children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Mental health counselors typically give advice on how to cope with depression and other mental illnesses, which is helpful when you feel you’ve run out of ideas.
View Depression Counseling as Regular Maintenance
Instead of viewing counseling as a way to undo damage that depression will cause, look at counseling as regular depression maintenance. Compare it to changing the oil in your car or mowing your lawn. Both actions are meant to prevent damage or loss of control.
Counseling is useful in managing depression because you are able to check in with a professional regarding your depression. You are preventing damage and loss of control by assessing your progress with a mental health professional, which is healthy.
Know When to Seek Counseling for Your Depression
While I recommend using counseling as regular brain maintenance, I know that it is not always affordable, work hours can get in the way of making time for an appointment, and it can take a while to find the right counselor for you. I offer both in-person and online counseling for depression. With online counseling, you can see a counselor without leaving the comfort of your own home. For more information about online counseling that I provide, click here.
It is incredibly important to seek immediate professional help if your depression leads you to having suicidal thoughts, feeling suicidal, feeling like you are out of control, or dangerous to yourself or others. And if you can’t see a human counselor, take note of the hotlines and various clinics in your area. Get the help that you need to keep depression from taking over your life.
I offer free phone consultations for this issue. Please call me at 980-689-1794 or email me at [email protected].
Source: Tiffanie Verbeke (https://tiffanieverbeke.wordpress.com/)
Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult
Living with a mental illness can make anyone exhausted, turning simple daily tasks into daunting and dreaded foes. Your responsibilities loom before you like an abysmal darkness that you can’t escape. Practicing self-care feels impossible. Even thinking about housework or errands exhausts you. Welcome to the hard days of overwhelming depression.
You’ve been struggling with doing things you know you need to do, such as exercising, showering, getting dressed, and styling your hair. You feel better when you wear makeup; however, lately, there have been many days in which you simply haven’t had the energy to apply it. The act of getting out of bed has been an accomplishment for you. On some days, that is enough.
With that being said, however, we all must admit that we need to find healthy ways to manage the overwhelming side of depression. Of course, we should seek medical care to help with depression, but there are also some things that we can do to make daily tasks seem less overwhelming for you.
Ideas to Minimize Overwhelming Depression and Complete Daily Tasks
As previously mentioned, sometimes even the act of showering can seem overwhelming to someone with depression. One thing you can do is to choose a body wash with a scent that you really like. This way you can look forward to showering because you get to enjoy a pleasant aromatic experience. It’s aromatherapy right in your very own bathroom! If you are feeling extremely tired and overwhelmed, you could take a bubble bath. You make it extra special by turning off the lights and using candles, and then you can play relaxing music. It’s a nice way to unwind and practice self-care at the same time.
Another source of stress for you might be preparing dinner for your family each night. To make this task less stressful you could create a weekly menu and post it on the refrigerator. You could make the grocery list and shop for the week. This way, everyone knows what’s for dinner, and you’ll have all the ingredients on hand. Second, you can have another family member help plan the menu and often cooks dinner one or more nights a week. Finally, another family member could help clean the kitchen. This is a good plan for a couple of reasons. Not only are you finding ways to feel less stressed and overwhelmed, but other family members are learning valuable life skills and empathy as well.
Also, on your hardest days with depression, when you’re feeling the most overwhelmed, that if you can manage to do one small task, then eventually more will follow. Often that initial step is the hardest. It might be good to start small and breaking your tasks into manageable chunks. If you do just one thing today, then that’s great.
Build small rewards for yourself into your chores and self-care routines. Enlist the help of friends and family; have plans in place before you start feeling overwhelmed. Find ways to make your depression less overwhelming. It is difficult, but you can manage your depression and learn to be productive, even when we’re feeling overwhelmed.
Overcoming Depression: How to Recognize the Symptoms
Identifying the Symptoms of Depression Early Allows You to Begin Beating It Effectively
There is a very moving YouTube video about someone with depression and honestly, it pulls at the heart strings (see video below). It makes you stop and think about people around you who may be going through such an episode in their life.
This Shall Pass
While suffering or coming out of depression you may think it’s like a lifetime wasted. There are multiple forms of depression, some which last a couple of weeks to a month or years to some extents, but it will pass.
If you take your medication on time and stick to a routine (depending on your diagnoses) this will greatly help to minimalize the effects of depression.
As a spouse, friend or family member it is important for you to also keep an eye on the medications, because often or not when suffering depression, they’ll have no motivation or drive to keep on top of their medications, as all forms of routine and best practice are thrown out the window. Be their second medication reminder, as soon as you get the alert through the pill reminder app.
Depression can start to cause all sorts of problems in relationships, so avoid simply saying “snap out of it”. Depression often needs medical treatment, so, if you let depression go untreated, this will often prolong the episode.
Hold the space for your loved one, let them know you love and support them unconditionally. The support they’ll feel is expressed perfectly in the following quote:
Before getting wildly lost in concern over the thoughts of depression for the people closest to you. Take a moment and wander your eyes over understanding depression symptoms below.
Understanding depression symptoms according to the National Institute of Medical Health NIMH:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies which were once pleasurable
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Thoughts of suicide
- Suicide attempts
Important: Be aware of these symptoms before it’s too late, take your time to fully acknowledge and listen to those around you and support where necessary.
Describing your Depression Diagnosis Using Positive Language
Choosing to say, “I have depression” instead of saying, “I’m depressed.” Your depression diagnosis is a part of you, but it isn’t all of you. Using positive language to describe your illness helps you manage your illness.
At times, you may definitely feel like you are a walking in a pit of doom and gloom and that you feel so depressed that you literally can’t believe that you will ever feel anything good again. You may wonder why live when I feel like dying? No feeling ever lasts forever, though. If you wait it out, usually a friend will text you or you’ll see a new recipe you would like to try. The world reminds you that there is more to you than your depression.
Depressed Feelings Aren’t Your Only Feelings
Maybe you sometimes feel that depression keeps you stuck in negative feelings all the time. Fortunately, feelings always change. Feelings aren’t permanent facts.
When you choose to think that you have depression instead of simply being depressed, it creates a little space between you and my illness. It gives you the power, which helps you to calm down and get perspective. If you try that and still feel overwhelmed, you can play a little word game.
You can list all the things you have that don’t define you as a person. For example, you can say, I have black hair, but I am not black hair. I have headaches, but I am not a headache. I have debt, but I am not debt.