Depression can come from many sources. Sometimes, the blues are brought on by a tragic event, such as the death of a loved one or losing your first love. At other times, however, these emotions seem to come without any reason at all.
If you're suffering from feelings of depression, it may be due to an imbalance within your body. While serious cases of depression require medical help, there are some simple solutions that you can try on your own that often provide immediate relief from the sadness.
Get enough rest.
The optimum amount of sleep a person needs each night varies from person to person. If you feel sluggish around mid-afternoon or anytime during your day, you may not be getting enough sleep. Short-changing yourself on sleep is a surefire way to increase feelings of sadness in your life.
Find the silver lining.
When you're sad, it's hard to find the positive in the things that are going on around you. But the more you practice gratitude and notice the positive things around you, the faster you begin to experience feelings of joy that replace the sadness.
Ask yourself empowering questions that begin to change your perspective.
- What are you happy about?
- What could you be happy about if you wanted to be happy?
- Who do you love and who loves you?
- What are you excited about?
- What could you be excited about?
These steps are simple, but they can have a profound impact on the sadness you're experiencing. You deserve to live a life that's filled with joy and self-confidence. Begin to use these strategies today to move yourself in the direction of the happier life you deserve.
Need help? Know someone who does?
- Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
- Call or text 988
- Chat at 988lifeline.org
- Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.
- Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at 988lifeline.org.