Depression comes in many forms, and it can be difficult to control.The factors that contribute to depression are well-known, and well-researched, but what causes it is not quite understood. Depression is something that we can avoid by cultivating the happiness.
Here are some tips for avoiding depression
1. Keep Busy.
If we struggle to detach from negative thoughts we should just throw ourselves into other activities. When we get involved in other activities that we enjoy it takes us out of ourselves. Find a hobby, go the movies, hangout with friends. Activity forces us to do something constructive, and does not allow us to dwell on our depressed state of mind.
2. Avoid Feelings of guilt.
We all make mistake,but if you continue to dwell on yours, then your are harbouring feelings of guilt. Do not dwell on the mistake , instead try to solve the problem and move on. Instead of feeling guilty we should seek to concentrate on doing the right thing.
3. Don’t Base your Happiness solely on other people.
If we expect to gain happiness from another person, at some time, we are bound to be disappointed. If bad relationships end, we should see it as an opportunity to move on. It is no use dwelling on what might have been. It is also a mistake to feel that we can change somebody to match our preferences. If we seek to change a person fundamentally we will just feel frustrated when we fail.
4. Sleep and Exercise.
Getting enough sleep is very important in preventing depression, along with balancing your life with enough rest and exercise everyday.Don’t push yourself beyond your limits.
5. Have Low Expectations.
Depression often occurs because our desires remain unfulfilled. The more desires we have, the more likely we are to be disappointed. After disappointment comes a sense of frustration and depression. If we minimise our desires then we will not be prone to disappointment. This does not mean we cannot strive for excellence and achieve things. We definitely should strive to achieve various accomplishments. However, we should try to have an attitude of detachment to the outcome. Nor should we expect people to behave in a certain way.
6. Cultivate Happiness.
To avoid depression we have to focus on the alternative which is happiness. The problem is that when we are depressed, the idea of happiness seems a million miles away. But, sometimes if we can force a smile or try to be insincerely happy, we can trick the mind and force happiness to descend; and after a while we start to achieve real happiness.
7. Love your self .
Stop being so critical of yourself, and of others. Acknowledge the good in you, stop beating yourself up. Think quality time, not quantity of time. Eat a balanced diet. If you lack an appetite, eat small snacks rather than large meals.Be patient and kind to yourself. Remember that depression is not your fault and is not something you can overcome with willpower alone.If you’re good at caring for others, add yourself to that mix.
Depression can be avoided and treated and it can be fun doing so.Try to maintain a positive attitude-remember that feeling better takes time, and your mood will improve little by little.