As a teenager, who has been diagnosed with depression, the chances are that you’ve been told to simply ‘snap out of it’ on more than one occasion, which can be both insensitive and upsetting. With recent changes to society, it has proven to be even more difficult to take control of your mental health, especially as a result of a never-ending sense of anguish and worries for the future that we have had to come to terms with. The good news is, however, that there are several ways you can take control and cope with depression during your everyday life. Here are just some tips that may come in useful:
Build a support network
As a result of depression, you may have closed yourself off from the world as a means to deal with your own emotions, but in the long-term, this is one of the worst things you can do. Instead, you need to aim to build a strong social support network to push you through the most challenging times. This may mean reaching out to friends and family or even joining a community group to meet those who are in the same boat. Talking to others who know what you are going through can allow you to support one another and pass on advice on how to deal with day-to-day challenges.
Care for a pet
If feeling alone is the main cause for your depression, but you feel anxious at the thought of spending time with people, you could consider adopting a pet – providing you have the time and attention to give. Studies have shown that taking care of a dog or cat, for example, can help alleviate depression symptoms for the fact that it gives the individual a purpose to get up in the morning, as well as providing a sense of companionship, which is especially important for those who feel alone.
In more severe cases, it may be worth seeking professional help to help get your life back on track and overcome depression. These programs specifically designed for teens can be tailored to meet your exact needs and are led by specialist nurses, mentors, and counselors. This is often the first stepping stone to help you identify the cause of your depression and how to conquer or manage your symptoms to help you live life to the full again.
Improve sleep regime
Are you getting enough sleep? If not, it could be the reason why you’re feeling sluggish and irritable the following day. Your mood has a direct link to your sleep patterns. Therefore, you should be paying close attention to improving your evening regime. It is recommended by professionals that you should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night to stay in good physical health, as well as improving your focus and mood the following day.
If you’re struggling more than ever at present, we hope the tips above will give you something to think about to help you tackle depression once and for all.