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How to Overcome Bouts of Depression

How to Overcome Bouts of Depression

Depression is a seriously hard thing to overcome. Many people get it only once in their lifetime. Other people get bouts of depression again and again, which makes life hard living. However, there are certain steps you can take to overcome depression bouts and alleviate the pain and suffering that stems from it.

I hope these steps will inspire you to live the kind of  life you really want to live. I hope you can overcome these depression bouts once and for all. I hope you can live like a free bird without a cage.

I have come from the depths of depression. I know I have come out with many difficulties. I know that you never give up. You will continue fighting until you get the life you want! Just keep your fingers crossed, your motivation in check, and everything will be fine. You are not alone. You will never be alone.

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    1. Redirect Thoughts

    Redirect your thoughts so you focus more on the positive instead of the negative. Pondering the negative will lead you nowhere. Instead, focus on all the positives in you life. They will help you lead a more balanced life full of content, happiness, and laughter. Every time you think of something negative, think of all you can be grateful for. It may be the house you currently have, the family you have, food you have, or even the job you have. If you think about it, many people don’t have these commodities that z lot of us take for granted.

    We sometimes hope and crave and wish for so much that we forget the gifts that are in front of us every single day of our lives. They are indeed special, but we tend to overlook them sometimes. If only we would be able to see the wonderful things right in front of us, then these bouts of depression would never come to haunt our very lives.

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      So, every time you think of something negative, make it into something positive and inspirational. It should help you relieve the anxiety, pain, and negativity that depression gives you. It will no doubt help you feel stronger and in charge of your depression. So, try it! It will surely help you. I try it every single day. I must say it does wonders in transporting the mind from the negative into the positive.

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        2. Have Something Planned Every Weekend To Unwind Your Mind

        When something is planned every weekend, there is a channel that gives you happiness of any kind to look forward to. You can plan a weekend at the beach, amusement park, museum, or aquarium. Go ahead and do anything that makes you happy!

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          When we look forward to something, it builds excitement, thrill, and fun in our bodies. It helps us become a child once again, anticipating what is to unfold. Curiosity can be a wonderful thing to have, especially for those trying to recover from the grips of depression, and those that constantly battle it everyday.

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          I am telling you from experience, if you have something planned for the weekend after such a lengthy week at the work, your depression will start going away and diminish each passing day. I tell you from my own experience because I have battled severe depression. Bouts can be so bad it makes you unable to get out of bed, work, eat, or sleep. However, once you start enjoying life, and looking forward to planned adventures the symptoms begin to fade.

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            3. Have a Routine

            When you have a routine, you always can look forward to something. When you have a plan in mind, you will get ready, and your hopes go up with high expectations. This will lead you to forgo your depression, get active, and hopefully begin to forget about what is bothering you.

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              4. Don’t Be Afraid To Reach Out For Help

              There is someone out there who can and will help. You could go talk with a psychiatrist, friend, or relative. If you feel yourself slipping into serious depression, then make sure you go see a doctor or professional if need be.

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              There is no shame in admitting that you are in a downfall. The brave come out and say they are having a hard time dealing with these struggles by seeking help, because they want to make the most out of the life they have been given. Make sure you seek help when you can. There is nothing wrong whatsoever with seeking help. Doctors, friends, and relatives are there for a reason. They are there for celebration in each of our lives. They’re here for us when we need major help.

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                Depression is also one of those major times when you must rely on family and friends. So, go out and seek help if you need it. You are brave in doing so. Who doesn’t want to show courage when times are not on our side! Just take that one step towards your freedom and happiness. You will feel much better in the end. I can guarantee that from my personal experience as I have gone through hell and back.

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                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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