Depression is a serious and important issue in universities today. University school, work, and financial problems and so on. Nevertheless, depression is different from the occasional feeling of sadness or being stressed. Depression is more serious, but it is treatable.
DEPRESSION is a group of conditions associated with the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood. It is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. It is also referred to as a scenario without a continued feeling of growth or something worthwhile.
Depression affects all areas of one’s lifestyle and well-being including diet, mental and physical health, self-esteem, social interaction, academic performance and so on. Most students suffering from depression are at high risk of suffering from poor academic performance.
A depressed person should seek professional help.
SOME CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
People get depressed due to a lot of factors, there is no single cause of depression but there are some major causes of depression which includes:
Death or Loss of a close family or friend
Illness and health issues
Some Medication and alcohol
Heartbreak and, or divorce
SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
Felling of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or even hopelessness.
Anger outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters.
Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports that you once enjoyed.
Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much.
Feeling of worthlessness.
Thoughts of harming oneself/being suicidal.
Persistent low moods.
Fluctuations in weight.
Difficulty in making decisions.
Signs of depression can cause difficulty in functioning of day to day life.
HOW TO GET RID OF DEPRESSION
There is no real or definite cure for depression, it works in different ways for different people, some claim medication can be effective for some people, while for some, exercise does the trick. But psychotherapy and medication are the most effective for most depression issues. Here are some ways that could also be used to get rid of depression.
Engage in psychotherapy and seek counseling
No one should cope with depression alone. Trained medical professionals can help in providing support to find you relief from depression symptoms. They are trained to help individuals identify the issues contributing to the signs of depression. Talking to a professional really comes in helpful when feeling distressed or depressed.
Have high self-worth- Others cannot believe in you unless you believe in yourself. Tell yourself you are God’s chosen, a chosen generation, special and a rare gem (one of a kind). Tell yourself you are great, be good to yourself and always hold yourself in high esteem.
Commence every day with a positive attitude
In the morning, speak good things to yourself, and eat a good and healthy meal, dress well. You will feel better and this will be a jumpstart to a wonderful day. Tell yourself you will have an amazing day. Have your mind filled with good thoughts, think positively; negative thoughts tend to develop into depression.
Ask yourself. Who do you think you are? Who do you want to be? What do you want to become? Can you become that in your present depressed state? Write them down, check them every day as an inspiration and work towards it.
Start thinking straight
The way you think determines who you are. Have you ever thought of how great you will be, have you ever asked yourself how I think? Do I think of good and appreciative thoughts about myself or bad and endangering thoughts? Believe in yourself, if your belief is wrong, your thinking will be wrong. Think right! Think knowing fully well you are in charge and control of your life, your future, and your success. You play a major role in your life, no one ought to have a say or dictate for you or make you feel less of a person, and no situation can take your happiness or your bright future away from you. You can do it, always tell yourself that. Keep your thoughts and standards high.
Have a life outside your comfort zone
Go out, meet new friends, meet new people, try not to be alone which is your comfort zone. Try going out a lot to ease yourself and your mind off every disturbing thought. Go to places filled with people, go to the movies, an amusement park, an arcade home, karaoke with friends, go for a walk, appreciate Mother Nature, and breathe in fresh air. Just try doing something that will give you that great laugh and eliminate your worries every day. You can strengthen your social connections by putting up a study group for a class you enjoy or a class that stresses you out, going out with your roommates on dates, join a campus club or sports team,. Join a community service, e-mail or call long family or friends. Connecting with them can help wade off depression and recover from it.
Exercise has a load of health benefits such as reducing body fat, lowering blood pressure, strengthens the heart, improving strength and so on. It might be hard to find the motivation to exercise but there are various ways of exercising and one is sports, which is actually popular in universities today.
Improve your nutrition
There is a saying that when you eat well, you feel well. However, most time in school we find it hard to eat, talk more of prep and cook a healthy meal. But eating healthy does not have to be hard or overwhelming, simple addition to your foods like eating nutrient-packed food will really go a long way. When you think about the time, energy and life that depression can really take away from you, it makes you take a determined decision of putting that time and energy into eating right and healthy meals. Like I said, eating healthy does not have to be so hard, incorporating more fiber like oatmeal and green tea for breakfast will really make a difference, and eating more protein, fruits and vegetables will really help. Also, some nutritional deficiencies could contribute to the signs of depression, so, checking with a medical practitioner to see if any vitamin should be added to your diet will be a really good idea.
Improve your sleeping habit
We all can see how having less sleep in a day can contribute to our effectiveness throughout the day. University students tend not to get enough sleep because of stress, classes, social commitments and trying to get enough time to study. Sleep is very germane to our mental health and it should be incorporated as an important life skill.
HOW TO AVOID DEPRESSION
Avoid excessive intake of alcohol and drugs.
Have a quality sleeping time, do not submit yourself to lack of sleep.
Be in a healthy diet, eat healthy, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise, endeavor to exercise frequently, physical activity acts as an anti-depressant and it is the best thing that can be done for our mental health.
Avoid stress; there is a link between depression and stress so try as much as possible to avoid stress.
Build strong relationships with people. Having people around always reduces the risk of falling into depression and also limit the time spent on social media.
Stay away from toxic people.