“To survive is to stay alive in the face of opposition” – Lauryn Hill
Chemical depression is primarily genetic. The research shows that at least 50% of depression is genetic; consequently, one should focus on managing rather than overcoming depression. Too, an insult to the brain (TBI) will almost always cause depression.
There aren’t enough words, in any language, to describe just how painful, exhausting and lonely depression can be. Imagine living your life with a boulder chained to each of your ankles, and having to walk from place to place, manacled by anxiety, loneliness, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Perhaps you don’t even have to imagine the suffering because this is your reality. You are not alone.
Depression is often accompanied by a critical, self-destructive mentality that interferes with and distracts us from our daily lives. When depressed, people tend to accept this negative identity as a true representation of who they are. Many people fail to recognize that this sadistic point of view is actually the voice of a well-hidden enemy within.
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible.
While the battle with depression has not been easy at all – and I have almost given up many times – I have found that there are ways in which I can continue to stay alive in the face of depression. If you have been in the throes of depression for a while and are wondering if there is a way around or out of the darkness, I’m here to tell you that there is; it will by no means be an easy journey, but you will conquer. If an average guy like me (although I don’t consider myself as a regular guy, I am my own), can cope of with depression, then I am sure everybody can (hope so).
So here are some things which not only helped me to regain my joy but also boosted my self-confidence and whatever I am today because of that event and how I conquered it :
- These ideas helped me to survive depression-
- I am not alone. Millions of people are struggling with depression.
- I have to be positive. Whatever the worst situation comes, I will be positive.
- I don’t have any expectation from myself. I do what I love.
- God’s and my parent’s blessings are always with me.
- I will not lose hope till my last breath.
- I must avoid negative thinking, maintain routine, avoid distraction and take care my health.
- Remind myself it’s okay not to be perfect.
- At the end of the day, everything will be OK.
- Life is beautiful and it’s full of fun.
- I forget the past and future, I live in the moment and live in the breath.
- Life is 1% what you experience and 99% how you respond it.
- Remind me everyday that how successful people have overcome all hurdles of depression.
- Losing in the rat race of life, getting poor CGPA, fired from a job, rejected by someone is not the worst thing. The worst thing is that deciding to leave life for that reason.
- Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2. Always remember rule # 1.