It Really Is Possible to Get Over Depression: Take These Steps
“Get over it!”
If you’ve ever heard those words, you know how frustrating it is when others underestimate your struggle. Getting over it isn’t as simple as it sounds, especially when you’re facing depression. The journey to recovery can seem like a mountain looming in front of you.
Despite the enormity of the obstacle, it is possible to overcome depression. The most important part is to begin the journey and to remember what lies on the other side.
Are you ready for it?
Steps to Get Over Depression for Real
Imagine literally climbing over a mountain lying between where you are and where you want to be. What steps would you take to get ready? – You would probably make sure you’re physically fit. You’d bring plenty of water and food, comfortable clothing, a map, protection from the elements, and perhaps even a walking stick.
What strategies would you use to continue moving on during the climb, difficult as it may be? – Perhaps a steady pace, enjoyment of the journey, focus on your goals, and maybe breaks to contemplate how far you’ve come.
In the same way, you will have to prepare and stay motivated to get over depression. Consider these steps:
Find Your Motivation
Nothing will happen unless you’re mentally ready. That’s why you first have to find your personal motivation. Is it getting back to doing something you used to love? Or perhaps spending more time with the people you care about most.
Maintain Good Health
Difficult journeys, even emotional ones, requires strength and endurance. Take care of your body. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, get sufficient sleep, and expose yourself to sunshine daily.
Have a Support System
Like weather on a mountainside, life can change quickly and unexpectedly. So your mood might take a surprising downturn. Make sure you have a support system in place. Find people you can lean on when the ever-changing winds of your emotional state blow too hard.
Get Rid of Excess Baggage
You’ll have a tough time to move up a hill if you don’t dump the unnecessary weight. Negative thinking can be like carrying a bag full of rocks that makes every step harder than it has to be. You’ll have to learn to counter negative thoughts and stop making unfounded comparisons.
As any mountaineer will tell you, it’s of utmost importance to have structure on your route. Having a routine and specific goals will keep you grounded and help you to move on. Don’t be overly demanding, though. Take one step at a time and pace yourself.
Stop and Reflect
Allow yourself time to meditate on your journey. Mentally or in writing, note the things you’ve discovered on this climb. Note how your emotions change. Consider what problems you might have encountered, and what efforts you’ve made to continue. Enjoy the journey. Let yourself laugh and be in the moment.
Celebrate Your Successes
As you slowly climb the hill to overcome depression, take time to look back. Record your progress, and reward yourself for how far you’ve come already. It’s a powerful motivator to keep going, when you can see what you’ve accomplished.
Getting over depression is definitely not a walk in the park. But just like people have succeeded in climbing a literal mountain – even under very challenging circumstances – this is a journey that you really can make!
Though, if you think you can’t stick to the above mentioned steps by yourself, consider recruiting an experienced guide – find yourself a good therapist.
Learn more about treatment for depression or contact a licensed counselor in Houston at Eddins Counseling Group for more information. To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment online.
Sign up to be notified of group and workshop dates.