Depression and anxiety are two difficult, but not insurmountable, conditions. In this article, you will get to understand more about how depression and anxiety relate to each other in very similar ways. You will also discover some natural solutions to overcome depression & anxiety and get back to living a full life.
What is depression?
Depression is a feeling of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, and other forms of despair accompanied by low physical energy. Those who have depression are usually very sad throughout the day and find it hard to get excited about anything. Many who are depressed experience mood swings and uncontrolled emotional outbursts such as anger and crying. The crying usually comes from a feeling of hopelessness in life.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety comes from feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically associated a specific event with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety affects our physical, emotional and mental state. It impacts how we feel, how we relate to others, and has very real physical symptoms. Anxiety can turn into panic attacks when a person is flying, driving, or doing anything outside of their comfort zone. If you ever feel particularly down, nervous, or anxious about anything that will happen in the future, then you probably have experienced general anxiety. There are many forms of anxiety some of which include social anxiety, general anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia.
Why do depression and anxiety go together?
Depression and anxiety often go together, because they can make a person feel out of control of their lives. Both of these conditions can cause a person to stop living a normal life. Together they can make you feel as though you do not want to hang out with friends, go after your goals, or try new things. The anxiety makes you feel nervous while the depression makes you lose hope. Both can leave you feeling very drained.
How to get out of depression?
You actually do have the power to control your own life. Overcoming depression starts with you and your own desire to feel better about yourself and your life. The first step in the process is to become aware of the how your feelings of helplessness, low energy, and sadness are affecting the key areas of your life: your health, your relationships, your job, your finances, and your love life. You may not have realized it before, but your attitude towards yourself and your life impacts everything you do. Take some time to make a list of how your anxiety and depression are affecting these key areas. Next, ask yourself how bad does it have to get before you do something about it.
Do something for today. Break the pattern. Find something that you love to do that you have either been putting off or haven’t been able to find the energy to do. Maybe it’s taking a hot bath or perhaps going out to buy yourself a new shirt or blouse. The idea is to find something that makes you feel good and do it. Don’t spend much time planning, because if you do you might find excuses not to do it. Try to make it a spur of the moment thing. When you are finished, get out a journal and write down what you discovered in the process. How did it make you feel? What other little things can you do for yourself that make you feel good?
Dealing with depression and anxiety is a process not an event, so give yourself some time but stay focused on your desire to change your life.