Dealing with mild depression and its symptoms.
Mild depression is often referred to as “feeling blue”. You may or may not know the source of your sadness, but are aware that it’s disrupting your life in one or more ways. You may feel more tired than usual or not want to do activities that you usually enjoy participating in. Problems concentrating may appear and you may wonder when you’ll ever feel joyful.
You Are Not Alone
Whatever symptoms you’re experiencing as a result of your mild depression, know that you’re not alone. Many people “feel blue” and that number often rises during the colder weather months of the year when the days are short and the nights are long.
Here are some very effective ways of dealing with mild depression:
- Make self-care a priority. Get really good at learning what your body and mind enjoy, and what helps you feel at ease. Then, take time out of your busy schedule to tend to your needs. Concentrate on the areas of your life that you have the greatest control over first. Nourish your body with healthy foods, water, movement, or rest. Give yourself the gift of self-expression using a journal where you can write down your thoughts without intrusion or censorship.
- Reach out to family and friends for support. Don’t be afraid to let other people know how you feel. Most won’t ask how you’re doing without prompting. Allow them to check in on you and inquire about how you’re feeling. Having at least one trusted individual to talk to makes a big difference.
- Plan the future. Allow yourself to start thinking about what life will be like in weeks if you continue to work on yourself. Give yourself a goal to work toward and take small steps (the steps you feel able to take).
If you continue to feel blue, you can avoid a dip into a more severe depressive state by using individual therapy, which benefits over 75 percent of people with mild depression by giving them healthy coping mechanisms and tools for dealing with feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, and fear.
Seek Professional Counseling Services
The next time you’re feeling blue, ask yourself what you can do to make the situation better. Even if you don’t have an immediate answer, promise yourself that you’ll take the time to work through your feelings either on your own or with the help of a licensed therapist. Get more info.
Knowing that someone is available to listen to you and show support in your time of need is priceless. At Heart-Centered Counselors, you’re never alone because we have caring counselors available to meet with you in-person or virtually, whichever option is most convenient for you.