An element of self-help is vital in the recovery process. Unfortunately, most people when they are depressed find that they lack energy and motivation and stop doing many of the things that they used to enjoy. They are understandably reluctant to try new things and may avoid family and friends or social situations, where they feel uncomfortable. This behaviour can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness and hopelessness, which can prolong and intensify the symptoms of the illness.
Although it is appropriate for someone whose depression is acute to rest and take time out to recuperate from the most severe effects of the illness, there is considerable evidence to show that a gradual increase in activity at the right time can have a positive effect, greatly speeding up the recovery process and helping to prevent relapse.
Self Help Tips
Whilst you may find all or some of the above helpful, remember don’t try to make too many changes in your life too soon. Make small changes – see what works for you and remember that everyone’s depression is different and your path to recovery will also be individual to you. Try not to make major decisions when you are depressed e.g. changing job or moving house as the stress may have a negative effect. Depression will make us look on the negative side of things and so our thinking and decision making can be faulty at these times.
Remember – you will recover eventually and may come out of it stronger and better able to cope with life’s problems.
The following blog is an example of how someone experiencing depression is using Garden Therapy to help manage her depression and anxiety. Garden Therapy is a recognised technique and one Aware encourage people to do.
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