Unfortunately, it's feeling like depression is becoming more and more common these days. From tragic celebrity deaths to Netflix shows about the like, depression, anxiety and worry have become part of the mainstream conversation. Thankfully, there are little things we can do every day to fight the symptoms and treat some of the root causes to maintain a life of health and wellness.
First, what is depression? Depending on the severity and frequency, depression can be as simple as a down-in-the-dumps mood after a rough day or a chronic mental illness that negatively affects how you think, feel and act (much like the wear and tear of stress). While some symptoms are certainly visible to outsiders, such as drastic mood swings, lethargy, offset sleep schedules, etc., depression is not always an obvious, apparent issue. Many individuals do their best to cope and go about life with a "smiling depression", aka keeping a cheery outlook while their internal world is upside down - making it all the more important to speak honestly and thoughtfully with anyone you suspect may be battling depression or seeking help.
The cost of depression
From diminished self-confidence and growing complacency to living in a recluse state that tarnishes relationships and opportunities, the lifestyle costs of depression are endless. Anatomically, it's no different. Depression can result in feelings of mental and physical fatigue, lack of appetite, headaches, and insomnia and more.
So how do we fight back?
While it's important to recognize no two cases are exactly alike, and a mere list is only the beginning, the following steps can certainly put a dent in depression and help you (or your loved ones, colleagues, friends) get back on your feet.
Never forget that "the night is darkest before the dawn". Let the light in and today will be brighter.