Being depressed is nothing you should be ashamed of. You should be proud of yourself for noticing that you have a problem and doing something about it. When you are depressed, you may feel helpless and like a burden to everyone around you. But, remember that being depressed is not something that is not normal. Many fight depression. If you are not feeling depressed, you surely know someone who is. We all live fast lives and stress is a part of it.

Some days, you feel like the happiest person alive, like you could accomplish anything you set your mind to. Those are the good days. Then you have the bad days. In those days, you feel like you are not capable of achieving anything. You feel like you can’t even get out of the bed, and going to work or school or performing some chores seems unthinkable for you. You are overwhelmed with sadness and you can’t find the reason behind those emotions you are feeling. Don’t mistake depression with sadness.

Everyone feels sad or low from time to time and that usually has a cause. If you have experienced a loss, a breakup, you lost your job or you ended a lifelong friendship, it is perfectly ok and understandable to grieve. But, if you feel the amount of sadness that you can’t bear and that feeling overwhelms you without any apparent cause, maybe you suffer from depression.

If you notice some signs of depression, don’t ever hold it inside you. Ask for help. Talk to your loved ones, to your family, friends, to your partner or to a doctor. Remember, it’s brave to admit you have a problem and seek help. Medical help is important in some cases of depression. But, besides medical help, there are effective ways in which you can try and help yourself.

The worst thing you can do to your mental health is to spend your days at home. Even when you don’t feel like it, try and socialize as much as you can. Being outside and spending time with people can boost your self-confidence, will definitely improve your health. When you are around your friends and family and others who support you, you will feel loved and wanted. You will absorb these people’s positive energy with time. Don’t be afraid to cut off the negative people from your life. Some toxic people can be one of the reasons for your depression. But, some people don’t necessarily have to be toxic to others, you just feel like they have a negative energy that affects your emotional health. It’s ok to move away from those people.

Be productive! Working on something, especially if you are doing manual and physically hard labor will help you keep your mind of negativity. Find time and energy to exercise! We all know that exercise is beneficial for our psychical health, but it is also great for your mental health. When you tire yourself, you will get much more quality sleep. When you spend time with people, you will realize that you are not alone. You can widen your perspective about life and see that many people around you fight the same battles.

Believe in yourself. No matter what anyone tells you, you can do it. You probably had people in your life that put you down and never believed in you. But, you have to believe in yourself. Try and build a positive attitude about everything in your life. Bad moments and episodes will always happen. But, they will go as they came. Try to think happy thoughts. This may sound as easy to say, but hard to do, but it is really true. If you think positively, good things will begin to happen. You will attract good with your positive energy.

Set goals for yourself. Although you may feel like you can’t achieve any of your life goals, begin with daily goals. Make your goals small and achievable. In that way, when you accomplish your goal for the day, you will be proud of yourself and feel motivated to continue forward. Although people around you and doctors can help you, you are the one that needs to help yourself first. You can do it.