Journalism student Thulisile Gadebe discusses the topic.
Depression can be caused by many factors, including traumatic experiences, such as losing a job, being diagnosed with an illness or divorce. Many people who suffer from depression neglect basic daily activities and things they used to do. Life becomes stagnant. Most people often think they need help from professionals with expensive treatment that they can barely afford.
However, you can help yourself through a depressive period in the comfort of your home with some of these tips.
- Deal with the problem by speaking to someone you trust, either a friend or relative, or write down your feelings.
- Participate in activities you usually enjoy, such as watching TV, listening to music, indulging in books, artwork and other things.
- Remove yourself from negative energy and surround yourself with positivity.
- Establish a workout routine that includes a healthy diet plan.
- Avoiding making big decisions like moving to a new environment or starting a relationship. Give yourself time and don’t push yourself or expect change instantly.
- Occupy yourself with community work such as working in an orphanage, old-age home, school and church. It will make you feel good to help other people.
- Instead of going to therapy, join a support group in your community where people are allowed to talk about their adversities without criticising each other. Seek help from people who have overcome depression.
- Avoid bombarding yourself with enormous tasks that can overwhelm you. Start with small, manageable tasks.
Following these home-treatment remedies you will, with time, be able to take on every challenge life throws at you. If these tips do not assist you in feeling better, consult your doctor for further assistance. Tragedy, hurt, betrayal and misfortunes are part of life. How we deal with it is a sign of resilience.