Those Moody Blues
Research has shown that certain individuals are more prone to depression at certain times in life. Depression in women, for instance, may first occur at puberty because of the pressures of becoming a young woman. But, there is more to depression that what meets the mind.
Nature has made the human species remarkably skilful in managing emotional ups and downs successfully on its own. But, when you cannot for some reason, there is no need to despair. Here’s help!
Picture this. The issue of “breaking away” from the family and facing adulthood, for instance, causes teenagers to doubt themselves and turn inwards. Likewise, divorce, sexual problems, a limited work horizon, personal disappointments, past unresolved grief and abuse may bring on depression in the middle years.
Depression among the elderly is also common. This may be attributed to the death of friends and in the family, physical and mental limitations, and thoughts of impending death. Women experience depression twice as frequently as men. They are also especially prone to experience depression in association with hormonal changes in the body.
We are fortunate that symptoms of depressed “turbulence” do not affect the majority among us. Because, the human species is remarkably resilient in managing emotional ups and downs successfully on its own? Yes! However, not all types of mild, short-term episodes of depression and anxiety merit the help of mental health professionals. So also occasional moodiness, or a depressed feeling, which is not likely to be symptomatic of mental disturbance, but merely a part of every day functioning.
Well, if you are constantly depressed, try to first gain control of your emotions. Thereafter —
- Sit quietly.
- Think of what exactly is disturbing you.
- Take a good look at how you respond to daily events.
- See how you can make adjustments to reduce your stress levels.
- Don’t blame others for your problems.
- Try to deal with your basic mood difficulties.
- Develop your own strategy/strategies to get over your stresses.
- Try to reduce your frustration levels.
- Exercise regularly for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
- Go for a 30-minute walk, 3-4 times a week.
- Eat healthy and nutritious food.
- Eat 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables, everyday.
- Avoid sugar and caffeine. Remember: sugar and caffeine raise your stress levels.
- Develop a hobby to take your mind away from stress.
- try relaxation, yoga, meditation, music tapes etc.,
- Communicate clearly with the important people in your life. This will help you immensely.
- Become socially involved.
- Read your favourite magazine to relax.
- Read a humorous book to laugh your stresses away.
- Watch a TV comedy show.
- Go to a movie which will make you smile.
- Join a self-help group in your area.
Most important. If none of these works — consult your doctor and/or a psychiatrist who will not only be able to offer you help, but also provide treatment to control your moody blues.