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Depression is a natural human emotion; but it doesn’t mean it’s good. Being depressed is very normal - but long term depression is not. There are people who easily get depressed but can’t find their way out of it quick enough. As a result, their everyday functions become affected and the depression leads to even serious problems. Untreated depression can lead to:

  • Insomnia

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Drug abuse

  • Memory loss

  • Weakened immune system

  • Serious illness

Whatever the reason behind a depression might be, it certainly can be treated. Therapy and medication can help you fight depression back. If you feel like your depression is jeopardizing your life in a major way; you certainly need to get yourself together and start moving away from your depressed self. Here are some tips that can help you to better deal with depression:

  1. Define your depression.

There are people whose reasons for being depressed are quite obvious. Things like the death of a family member or a friend, failure in school or at work, or a recent fight with a person close to them are few of the common reasons for depression. But there also are people who get depressed for no apparent reason. Without knowing what the source of your problem is, you can’t find the best cure for it.

  1. Get back on track.

If you lost interest in the things that you used to enjoy, find the source of your passion before. If you don’t have something to go back to, create a routine for yourself. Things like enrolling in cooking classes, painting workshops, and exercise routines can help you redirect your attention and channel your energy through a sensible pastime.

  1. Be healthy.

Depression can cause you to eat a lot sometimes– and unhealthy foods easily find their way into your diet whenever you are depressed. The best way to fight depression is to become physically healthy. Be conscious with your diet and try to get as much sleep as you can. Some people may find it hard to get enough sleep when feeling depressed. But if you push yourself to be busy with things that are relevant and use all of your energy doing something meaningful, it would be easier to get some rest every night.

You become depressed mainly because you are going through a rough situation or you have just got out of one. Whenever you’re depressed, it is almost impossible to find a source of strength from within. It would be great to have people who care about you around during these times. Equally important is to get help from someone who can guide you through these moments in a methodical way.