- Stay Mindful: Being mindful means you stay aware at all times. You are intentional about your thoughts. This way you will get to filter irrelevant thoughts that cause you distress, in order to focus only on functional and relevant thoughts that serve your mental health. It helps you to release body-friendly endorphins hormones.
- Be optimistic: Celebrate the good things that happen in your life no matter how little such things are. When situations are going wrong, as much as you are trying to be realistic, ensure to remain optimistic and not pessimistic. One of the strong indicators of depression is hopelessness (lack of hope), hence to prevent depression, you need to adopt the opposite, which is to allow in some level of hope. To maintain or build hope, always remind yourself to pay attention to both the positive and negative aspects of situations. Remain hopeful by understanding that no matter how dark the cloud is there is always a silver lining.
- Be active: Get yourself involved in activities that keep you in high spirits, it could be that hobby you love so much or that football match you won’t miss for any reason. If you enjoy movies watch your favourite series and movies on Netflix and for the lovers of parties, party hard but responsibly of course. Amidst all of these, do yourself favour of avoiding hobbies that depict any form of violence or abuse so be selective in doing things you enjoy doing.
- Be kind to people every day: It has been proven that when you lift someone up, the brain stimulates hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, all of which are beneficial to mental health. Demonstrating acts of kindness also gives meaning to your life and that reduces suicidal tendencies.
- Share it, don’t bottle it up: The saying that the problem shared is half solved. This is true if you get to speak to a trusted person. Talking about the situation brings some belief to the brain because you de-concentrate the negative thoughts that make up the brooding. Guess what! You can speak to a trusted friend or counsellor.
- Make up your mind to be happy: With the above habits you can achieve this by following the recipe for happiness – a generous pinch of patience, a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter, and a heap of love.
Note that it is not enough to know about these habits it is more than enough to practice them to see the changes. Apply these habits to your life daily and you will see yourself joining the league of depressed-free persons.
When you experience some difficulty practicing some of these habits, it might be a sign of depression and the best you can do now is to speak to someone, mental health professional, or one of our professional clinical psychologists at Arogi Trauma Care Foundation by calling our toll-free line.