Depression tends to affect the way that you see life. Depression can influence many parts of your life including your employment status, physical health, relationships and even your self-confidence. Now that you’ve started your depression treatment, however, you may be feeling more like getting back to ‘you’ and enjoying the things that you once did. There are many ways that you can continue getting your life back on track and feeling more like “you.” Some include: setting goals that are achievable, taking care of your physical health and increasing your social relationships.
1. Setting Goals that are Achievable
- Begin by identifying what your priorities are. These are important if you want to be able to create goals for yourself. Write a list of the things you value most, such as family, work, friends, money or your home. Think back about what you used to enjoy doing and how you can now start to do them once again. Write that down too.
- Next, make an actual list of the goals that you have decided to pursue. List these goals from the easiest to the hardest. This way you can begin on your easiest goal and then work your way up to the hardest goal. An example of an easy goal could be to take a short walk each day. A harder goal could be to change your current job.
- Each time you feel you have made some progress, be sure to reward yourself with something that you’d enjoy, such as an evening out for dinner or a relaxing spa day.
- During a depressive episode, it’s easy to fall into a habit of not doing very much and being inactive. However, if you try and stay active you will find that your symptoms should be better. Begin with activities that need to be done, such as cooking a healthy meal, cutting the lawn or cleaning house.
- It’s important to evaluate your goals and make any necessary changes. Once you complete a goal, you can try creating new and more difficult goals, if that’s what works for you.
- If a goal doesn’t go as planned, always try and remain positive. Talk to someone if you start feeling depressed again.
2. Taking Care of Your Physical Health
- Exercise is one way of reducing and preventing the symptoms related to depression. Your body releases endorphins when you exercise and these help you to feel better emotionally. Begin by taking a slow walk; this may only be for ten minutes. Gradually increase this to 20 minutes and try and go for these walks as much as possible. If you find that you are struggling to get motivated, then opt to do just five to ten minutes on a treadmill or an exercise bike.
- Depression can sometimes be linked to other medical issues such as Parkinson’s disease or hyperthyroidism. These are serious medical conditions that need to be treated by a medical professional. If this is the case for you, then be sure to see your doctor regularly.
- Practice good hygiene. Everyday tasks such as bathing and brushing your teeth can often become difficult for someone with depression. Try and create a daily routine – once you start to take care of yourself, you will begin to feel better and this will help to prevent major depressive episodes from returning. For example, if you sit around in your pajamas all day, you won’t feel like doing anything or even leaving the house. Alternatively, if you get up and have a nice long shower and dress in the things that make you feel good, you will feel more accomplished and be better prepared to face the day.
3. Increasing your Social Relationships
- It’s not unusual to have lost contact with friends and family when suffering from depression. To help in your recovery, it’s important to have support from those that you care about. Begin by texting or sending a letter to a friend to see how they are. Concentrate on the positive aspects of your life and perhaps ask them if they’d like to meet for coffee or lunch one day.
- If you feel like you want to make some new friends, then you could join a local sports team, charity, club or church. Additionally, there are websites which help you to find people who have similar interests as you.
- Try and plan something to do at least once a week with each new friend you make, even if it’s just a phone call. This will keep your social interactions going and help you to both feel valued and equal.
- It is also helpful to join a support group. A support group enables you to spend time with people who have been through some of the same experiences you have and may be able to see things from your perspective. This is a very useful way of helping to keep a healthy outlook on things.
Seeking Help Prevents Depression Relapse
It’s very important to stick to any treatment plan that you are on – including TMS — and attend all appointments. With your therapist, and TMS technician you can talk about any new goals or plans that you’d like to achieve. If you haven’t done already, then speak to a doctor about exercising, your general health and your diet.
We all can have negative thoughts,and this is perfectly normal. However, the more negatively we think, the more negatively we will feel. Actively try and challenge any negative thoughts that you have and change them to positive thoughts.
In order to have a good sense of wellbeing, you need to do those things that make you feel happy. Be as active as possible and focus on positive emotions as these are key to helping a depressed state of mood. Always try and take part in those things that make you feel happy and you will find that you experience a more positive mood and are better able to help keep depression at bay.
And remember that, if and when necessary, TMS booster treatments are covered by most major insurance carriers.