How to Get Over Depression

We as humans are not just physical beings. We are a dichotomy of spirit and flesh, interwoven body and mind. This being so, our mentality is affected just as much by the state of our soul as it is by the case of our surroundings. Therefore, there are a few things you can do in the physical world to improve how you feel inside.

Eat. But not just anything. Eat well. Avoid greasy, fatty foods and try blending frozen fruit into a smoothie. While pizza can leave you feeling weighed down, consumption of a salad bowl may feel refreshing. Stay away from microwave meals or items sold in metal cans. Go for the fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, and organic chicken. Use Yonanas to turn fruit into a healthy dessert and drink lots of water, the liquid that will actually quench your thirst.

Go to sleep. The number one bit of tech advice that should be tried before going through with any drastic measures is to “turn it off and turn it back on,” and sometimes the same goes for humans. If you’re bogged down in the same unrelenting circle of thoughts, go to sleep. You just need to go to sleep. Even taking a quick nap can be something of a fresh start, allowing you to move forward with a clear—or, at least, clearer—mindset. Your situation seems somewhat like a dream after waking up, a helpful step toward the perspective that your entire life is not encompassed in right now. You are in a season that, as is with all things, will pass.

Get together with friends. Get out of yourself. Contact your people and schedule a time for you all to get together. Spending time with them—listening to their stories and laughing together—will help remind you of the many things you have to be grateful for. As Anne Frank once said, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” It’s not all about you. There are eight billion others in this world also trying to navigate this thing called life. You are not alone.

Take a shower. After a day or two, there comes a point when you have collected so much grime and produced so much oil that you just feel yucky, unable to relax in your own skin. So take a shower. Wash your face. Brush your teeth. Cleansing yourself physically helps bring in a mindset of being washed clean of the depressing thoughts harboring in your mind. After a mentally taxing day, there is nothing like climbing into bed with fresh skin.

Rearrange your room. Clean. Reorganize. Go through your items and donate what you don’t use anymore. Changing the setting you spend the most time in will be like a breath of fresh air, something new, and organizing your belongings will help sort out the thoughts in your mind. Tackle your clutter. There’s something about disposing a large bag of useless papers that helps you sense the progress you are making in your personal growth.

Go outside. When the sun is shining through clouds scattered over a brilliant blue sky, step out of the four walls enclosing you and enjoy the pleasant breeze of an 80° day. Drive with your windows down, no AC, no music. Listen to the birds, to the wind rustling leaf-laden branches, and be reminded that you are one part of a world so much bigger than yourself. That’s the beautiful thing about life: no matter how hard your heart breaks, the earth still turns and the sun still rises. This slump that you’re in isn’t the last time you’ll feel like this—but you’re getting better—and one day, in your bright future of opportunities, you are going to be okay.

“I do all the walking I can, for I’d be a fool to go to bed not tired.”

— C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
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