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A good way to defeat depression is to avoid isolating yourself from others. Isolation can be good, but like anything, too much of it can also bad for you. When you isolate yourself from people, you tend to start feeling this emptiness within you and your mind starts to wonder about these things that make you depressed. This, in turn, can make you even more depressed than you already were.
If finding your soulmate once seemed like a rocky road, get ready for the reality of how to make a relationship last. That's because relationships can be complicated, messy, and at times, downright hard. But the good news is that they're usually totally worth the effort.
Emotions like sadness, guilt, or anger can appear like complicated puzzles. To make sense of these feelings, we often direct our attention to the events that influenced them, how uncomfortable we feel, or what we can do to feel better. But when emotions are intense, it's easy to get so wrapped up in these details that we overlook important pieces of information—our thoughts about the events, the emotions, and our options for responding to them.
“In the months ahead, my advice would be to prioritize your mental health like never before,” says Shmois.
Here are some recommendations for how you can do that — even during a pandemic.
Suicide rates are high and have only been increasing over the years. Over 800,000 people die all over the world by suicide each year. A proportion of the suicides are murder suicides resulting in additional loss of life. Attempts at suicide occur more frequently and we have about one million suicide attempts occurring each year.
In one of my previous articles, I explained how the behavior of worrying serves as an attempt to avoid uncertainty. Uncertainty triggers anxiety, and we attempt to run away from the uncertainty by trying to solve it and get certainty in our heads. This sometimes gets us a reassuring answer for a moment, but it reinforces the worry cycle and creates more anxiety later.
On the TV show The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden, a bus driver, sees a doctor at work, complaining of stress. The doctor tells him to recite the following:
Mental illness amongst all generations is at an all-time high with conditions like depression at the top of the list. There are a lot of causes of depression including genetics, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, lack of sleep, stressful circumstances, and traumatic events, and getting through this emotionally challenging journey will require efficient treatment and proper self-care. With multiple avenues to take to recover from depression, exploring several options increases your chances of truly overcoming this mental illness.