In the Fog of Depression Due to Uncertain Times: What Can Help Clear Your Head?
When you’re suffering from depression, it can be hard to do even the simplest of tasks. You may feel a lack of motivation, little energy, and emotional exhaustion.
Depression is hard enough, in general, but because of the uncertainty in the world right now, many people are experiencing symptoms worse than ever. And when you’re in the fog of depression, it isn’t easy to see a way out.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to clear your head and break free of depression’s holds on you. Let’s take a look at some ways to do so.
Get Back Into Your Old Hobbies
Depression robs us of our motivation, creativity, and the desire to do things we once loved. While you may have at one time looked forward to participating in your favorite hobbies, depression may make you feel apathetic towards them now.
Challenge your depression by making little efforts to get back into your hobbies. It will be demanding at first, but over time, you can build up motivation. And as you get back into your hobbies, you’ll also feel happier to be doing something that you love to do.
Start by taking small steps and encouraging yourself to step out of your comfort zone. Even when you have little motivation to begin with, you’ll be grateful to reacquaint yourself with your hobbies in the long run.
Focus on the Things in Your Control
With so much uncertainty in the world, it’s easy to worry about the things that you can’t control. Over time, you may eventually give up and accept defeat, allowing depression to take over.
However, even when there are things out of your control, there are always plenty of things still within it. You have control over what time you wake up, the activities you partake in, and the food you eat. These may not be huge things, but even small behaviors can help reestablish a sense of control and security in your life.
Talk to Family and Friends
Depression tends to make us shrink away from social situations. While you may have been a social butterfly at one point, you may feel more inclined to spend time alone nowadays.
But despite your desire to be alone, try to make an effort to reach out to friends and family. Even a simple phone call can improve your mood, and it will remind you that you aren’t alone.
If you’re comfortable with it, you can also talk about some of your struggles with depression. People care about you and want the best for you. Remember that you don’t have to go through depression alone!
Get Active and Moving
While depression is a mental illness, it can also affect our physical health. While going through depression, you may experience a change in appetite, difficulty sleeping, and random aches and pains.
To help combat these physical symptoms, you may want to consider adding exercise to your routine. Something as simple as a daily walk can do wonders for your mood and physical health. You may also notice that you have a bigger appetite after exercising and sleep better at night as well.
See a Therapist
While there are things you can do on your own to combat depression, one of the best things you can do is see a therapist. Depression is tricky, and it’s not easy to get out of the fog alone. A therapist can help you understand your depression and offer real, resourceful ways to cope with it.
Many people struggle to seek help for depression. But when they do, a new journey begins!
Yes, we’re living in uncertain times, and uncertainty makes depression even more difficult to handle. But you don’t have to go through it alone—therapy can help you find your way out of the fog. Please feel free to contact us and find out how one of our licensed therapists can help you clear your mind and break the hold depression has on you. You can call us at 203.800.9778.