How To Help Someone Beat Depression
When someone close to us suffers from Depressionit can be difficult to know the best way to help. For starters, depression can be mild, moderate or greater, depending on the symptoms. When it is mild or moderate depression, we can overcome it with effort, enthusiasm and the support of our loved ones. But when it reaches a higher intensity, we are facing what may be a possible disease, but can be overcome, it just requires the intervention of professionals. Generally, people with this type of depression feel tired, lack of appetite, have a very negative view of reality and they suffer from low self-esteem.
Anyway, if you're around someone who is in a depressed state, pay attention to the tips in this OneHowTo article in which we explain how to best help a person with depression.
Make an appointment with the doctor. It is important that they feel supported and empowered when they visit the doctor. The doctor will make the right diagnosis and, in this way, you can rule out other issues that lead to the symptoms of depression. A mental health professional can also tell you about certain medications that can help improve your mood.
Show the person your support. Tell them that they are not alone, that you're there to listen and to support them in whatever they need. Show affection and try to convey positive thoughts. Remind them of all the positive things in their life, the love of family and friends, and all their plans for the future. Generally, they may continue to have a negative attitude, but do not lose hope. This is normal and you should continue to have a positive attitude to help them cope.
Many people who suffer from depression feel unloved. You need to reassure the person often, for example, saying: "I love you for who you are. I will not abandon you"
Perhaps they have lost the ability to recognise their positive attributes, you should reinforce their positivity with: "You are a sensitive person who cares about others" or "People really love you." "They think you're a great person."
Said repeatedly and with absolute sincerity, it is useful to say "If you ever need a friend, I'm here."
Encourage daily exercise. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin, also known as the "happy hormones" An endorphin is a natural antidepressant, generated by the body itself. Experts recommend performing 30 minutes of exercise daily. It's not only good for your health, but it also changes a person's mood naturally.
Changing eating habits. Good nutrition is essential for beating depression, because bad diet levels of vitamins and minerals are decreased significantly, increasing stress, which facilitates depression, creating a vicious circle that can be broken by raising the levels of vitamins and minerals. It is recommended to eat foods that are rich in vitamin B and C. Vitamin B contributes to increased energy, concentration and memory. Foods containing this vitamin include lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, among others. Vitamin C, for its part, helps you overcome fatigue and weakness in the body. Foods that contain this vitamin are citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and nuts, such as walnuts and almonds.
Encourage personal care. When a person is going through a depression, they tend to put aside personal care. It is important to encourage the person to get on the mend, to change their clothes, fix their hair, etc. This will favor increased confidence and self-esteem.
To encourage the person do activities you enjoy and which do not form part of their routine. You must try to stimulate the projection of goals and new objectives to serve as an engine to move the person forward.
A person with depression may spend too much time thinking about their situation and then they feel sorry for themselves. Pointing out their flaws and shortcomings is not useful. Instead, try to sympathise and understand them at all times:
- "I cannot imagine how hard it is for you, but you have all my sympathy."
- "All I want to do is give you a hug and a shoulder to cry on."
- "Honestly, I cannot say I know how you feel, but I want to help in any way I can."
Remember, it can be difficult for the people around someone suffering from depression, and you should not be afraid to seek support for yourself if you are very close to this person and feel badly affected by their illness.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO doe not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis.We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- If the doctor prescribes any medication, respect the recommended doses. If the drug has negative effects, again consult your doctor.
- Helping a person with depression requires a lot of energy, do not be overwhelmed, because in order to help others you must also take care of yourself.