Anxiety can lead to depression because they work hand-in-hand. They work hand-in-hand because they are both emotionally and mentally unhealthy. So, if one is said to be bad for you, then the other is too.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression, plus it is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
It is no news that depression can lead to suicide, but the good news is, there effective ways to treat moderate and severe depression.
Treating depression means being able to simultaneously deal with stress and anxiety; which have been proven to lead to depression.
Anxiety does no good to the body. Its effects range from a sense of doom to panic attacks, headaches, irritability, breathing problems, a pounding heart, stomach upset, loss of libido, extreme fatigue, increase in blood pressure, muscle aches among other pains, and eventually depression.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also revealed that Depression accounts for the most common mental health illnesses in the United States, affecting about 26% of adults. Although a mental disorder, depression can affect your physical health and well-being.
Depression is so dangerous that you can live with someone that is suffering from it, and may not know till it gets too late. Some people get to know that their friend or relative was depressed after such an individual must have taken his/her life.
How do you then tell if you or someone close is depressed? Some of the things to look out for are; feelings of sadness or emptiness, insomnia, trouble with memory or decisions, preoccupation with self-hurt or death, feelings of clinginess, risk of heart attack, weight fluctuations, constricted blood vessels, increased pain sensitivity, weakened immune system amongst others.
There are several ways to deal with stress and anxiety, and in the process, combat depression. But this article shall focus on how to do this naturally, without medications. Some are;
Pay attention to your body so you know when and how to deal with stress and anxiety
It is easier to deal with anxiety as well as manage depression when you are in tune with your body. You must be able to communicate with your body.
This is because what you are dealing with doesn’t just appear in a day. It usually builds up with time. Especially since it affects your body despite being a mental ailment.
Therefore, when you are in tune with your body, you’ll be able to tell when there are changes, no matter how small the amount.
Change the way you look at yourself
People sometimes tend to notice negative things over the positive ones about themselves. Do not be that kind of person. Rather, pay attention to the things you like about yourself. Do not dwell on this that will trigger negative feelings or emotions.
Tune down the self-criticism. Learn to appreciate yourself more. Focus on those things about yourself that make you happy.
Pamper yourself so you don’t deal with anxiety
Self-Love is an effective way to deal with anxiety and depression. Pamper yourself. Enjoy your company. Take yourself out on alone date. Give yourself a Spa treatment. Do things that you love and enjoy. Take a time-out whenever you are tired. Stay away from anything that stresses you.
All these falls under the ‘pamper yourself’ solution in overcoming depression.
Watch what/who you listen to so you don’t have to deal with stress and anxiety
The type of music you expose yourself to and the people you give your attention to is crucial on your journey to overcome depression. Do not pay attention to any content that will trigger your anxiety or make you sad; Jealously guard your sanity.
Meditating helps you beat depression. When you take as little as 10 minutes in a day to meditate, it has a way of tuning your body and mind together, and having them positively in sync.
Aside from general meditations, anxiety meditation can help you focus on your anxiety and combat it. With anxiety meditation, you are not just relaxing, but you are on a self-care journey, combined with a treatment therapy that does not involve medicine.
Meditation is specifically important because it clears your mind of toxicities to arrive at an emotionally calm state.
Try therapy to deal with stress and anxiety
There is a saying that a problem shared is a problem half-solved. If you are comfortable talking about it, you may want to try to see a therapist.
They are professionals and know what to do and how to do it to help with your situation. Although you must be willing to open up to them to gain access to you. You need to help them to help you. This is another reason you must ensure the Therapist you are seeing must be a certified one.
Consider lifestyle change; remove anything that will make you deal with anxiety
Your anxiety and depression may be a product of your lifestyle. Your diet, exercise (or not), daily routine, level of alcohol consumption, dress sense, drug use, sleeping pattern, and routine.
All these and more have a way of either making you feel good or bad about yourself. The solution to your problem may just be a change in the way you do what you do.
The first step to finding the solution to a problem is admitting the existence of the problem. Some people are still living in denial.
Therefore, it may be an almost impossible task to solve with such. When you admit the existence of the problem, identifying the way out becomes clearer.