We all have those days where we feel a bit flat, tired or even sluggish. Imagine waking up every day with that same looming feeling, like a large cloud is hanging over your head that just won’t fade. Simple tasks like making the bed, getting dressed, cooking a meal, almost feel unbearable. Depression is a serious condition that impacts your physical and mental health, and how you function day-to-day.
Depression is a common mental disorder, and affects more than 264 million people of all ages globally. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Common signs of depression can include feelings of flatness, lethargy and non-responsiveness, not enjoying your usual activities, or emotional withdrawal.
Now, after reading that a whopping statistic that over 264 million people struggle with depression in the world, the thought comes into mind – how do we cope with the “looming cloud”?
If you are struggling depression, here are some steps to begin reaching out:
As uncomfortable as it is, the first step to recovery is admitting that there is a problem.
YOU CAN SEEK HELP BY:
a) Let’s talk about it
Currently you may be feeling a sense of numbness when it comes to analysing your emotions and are having difficulty expressing them. Finding someone to talk to frees this sense of ‘stuckness’, and also it helps them to understand, too.
b) Let’s be real about this
Depression distorts reality, which makes it difficult to pinpoint how you are feeling. Everything is filtered through this looming cloud, and it is easy to lose sight of how to move forward. Talking to someone can give you a different view on the reality of the situation.
c) It’s okay to not be okay – let’s get support
It takes courage to admit that everything is not okay. There is no shame in reaching out so you don’t have to do this alone. Don’t expect people to know what is going on – tell them!
If you are experiencing depression, here at Jessikah Huard Counselling, I am here to journey through this with you. Don’t be afraid to reach out, you are not alone!
World health organisation