Anyone who knows me or follows my posts is aware that I’m here to promote a full life. Life is fantastic, filled with magic and opportunities – if you know how to live it properly. Unfortunately, we’re not really taught how to ‘live a full life’ when we’re in school. Aside from being taught how to function as a part of the workforce, we don’t get much insight into how to enjoy life.
I hear from a lot of people who struggle with depression. Unfortunately, many of these people aren’t simply able to apply the ideas that I suggest to live a full life. It’s like telling someone who struggles with anxiety to ‘just stop being anxious.’ It doesn’t work like that.
The reality is, it’s very hard – if not impossible – to live a full life if you’re struggling with depression. One of the best things that you can do in this situation is to be open and honest with yourself, identify your depression, and figure out how you can overcome it so that you can live your fullest life.
I’ll explain why.
How Depression Impacts Your Life
Depression isn’t just a mental health condition – it’s a bit of a lifestyle. Unfortunately, the depressed lifestyle tends to squash many of the opportunities that someone would want to take to actually free themselves from depression. Instead, they are more likely to avoid these opportunities – leading to more depression!
This is why it’s incredibly hard to live a full life with depression! Here are just a few examples.
- Depressed people have a hard time getting motivated. Even if they’re offered an opportunity with something that they love to do, they may turn it down.
- Depressed people are often less likely to socialize and connect with others, leading to isolation and further depression.
- Depressed people may be liable to lose jobs or miss school, which could impact their career and their financial wellbeing.
- Depressed people are more likely to develop drug and alcohol addictions, which can quickly compound into more serious depression.
- Depression can lead someone to develop a number of other mental health conditions, ranging from anxiety to social isolation and self-esteem problems. These issues, in addition to compounding depression, can make it difficult to live a full life.
What to Do About Depression?
If you are having a hard time living a full life, you should seriously consider the fact that you may be depressed. The first thing to do is to be open and honest – question whether you’re really enjoying your life as much as you could be.
If you conclude that you are depressed, there are a number of things that you could do to improve your mental health. Things like meditation, educating yourself, and spending time in nature can all have a positive impact on your depression.
However, the most important thing that you should do is find professional help. Psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals are all specifically trained to help people understand conditions like depression so that they can overcome them.
One of the best things to keep in mind while you’re going through this process is that you will be able to lead a full, happy life once you’ve beaten your depression. If you understand why you’re feeling depressed and then begin to take steps to maximize the enjoyment that you get out of life, then there’s no doubt that you’ll soon be having a blast.
Good luck. Hopefully this article has helped you find the inspiration and determination that you need to overcome the beast of depression!