For the past month, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about depression, I’ll try to answer them here. Questions such as:
- How to overcome depression?
- How to get out of depression?
- How to handle depression?
- How to help yourself with depression?
- What do you do when you are depressed?
- How to help someone with depression?
- How do I know if I’m depressed?
- How does depression start?
- What are depression and anxiety?
What are depression and anxiety?
Happiness, love, joy, compassion, freedom, suffering, pain, depression, and anxiety are all passing experiences. Some of them stay longer than the others, but eventually, every experience passes and replaced by the next one, so on and so forth. You can even say that life is a passing experience because it too shall pass one day. We describe our state of being with definitions like depression. We also tend to get stuck on those definitions and experiences once we contemplate continuously about their meaning and impact on our lives. This usually happens when we worry about what things mean.
How does depression start? / How do I know if I’m depressed?
People describe depression as a continuous condition of some form of sadness. However, we don’t need definitions to know what we feel to experience life. Life is here, regardless of what you call it. Experiences are here before we name them. You are continuously experiencing and feeling something. If you feel you must know the definitions to your experiences, you’re probably more concerned about having those definitions attached to you rather then experiencing the experiences and moving on.
How to help someone with depression?
The best way to help someone with depression is not to be affected by it. If you give meaning to what is happening, if you think about consequences, worries, fears, when you are around that person, that only intensifies the experience of that person and your own. Your attitude, vibe, energy is felt without words or actions. Instead, don’t predict anything, have faith that this will pass. By doing that you empower that person instead of victimizing him or her. If you’re struggling having faith, then try to be in your best mood when you’re around that someone, even if it means being with them only for 2 minutes. Work on yourself first before you inflict your beliefs and worries onto someone else.
How to help yourself with depression?
What do you do when you are depressed?
How to get out of depression?
How to handle depression?
How to overcome depression?
Understand that nothing is wrong. You’re experiencing/feeling something that doesn’t feel as good as you prefer. But, it will pass if you choose not to engage with it. If you don’t spin this into a mini-series, it will pass quicker.
Understand that we don’t have control over any experience that is already happening, including happiness. We only express our opinions and preferences about our experiences, in the form of dissatisfaction or acceptance.
Moments of happiness and moments of sadness are beyond our control as we notice them appear in front of us. The only reason those moments stay is that we engage with them, expressing gratitude towards happiness, expressing dissatisfaction towards depression. So there is literally nothing to do, meaning you need to do exactly nothing to let things pass. You need to be convinced that this is temporary. If you’ll do that you’ll be able to relax, gain wisdom about your own condition from a broader point of view. You’ll be able to reason about your life not as a victim but as an empowered creator.
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