Let’s delve deep to discover how it is possible to deal with the deadliest pangs of depression and anxiety in the highly cut-throat competitive new-age world.
Our society is a thriving place that keeps evolving with human interventions using technological marvels with the common purpose of simplifying and easing up our lives.Even so, there’s one section of the society that lives in a cocoon of comfort and yet is grappling with emotional and psychological problems primarily as a result of chasing fame, power, and pelf. There’s the other section of society like the farmers or the poor citizens whose failures to make two ends meet push them to take extreme steps such as suicide.
Somewhere in some corner of the world there are people struggling, trying to come to terms with heart-hurt/heart-ache, along with the growing pain pangs that don’t seem to recede in intensity.
There are a multitude of reasons that can push a person to the edge of depression. It could be a loss of a loved one, unrequited love, failure in reaching one’s goals of leading a successful business/life or a disease that seems to cripple one’s life and trap one’s mind in a cage where they live believing there’s no ultimate freedom as there’s no outlet.
Unfortunately, there are so many people who don’t even realize that they are depressed. Even before acknowledging the problem you have to delve deep and evaluate ‘what’s your personality type – are you the angry-repulsive-detached type or the emotional-over sensitive-hyperactive types or the lonely-over-thinking-over-worrying types, the dual natured types or the happy face-negative thinking types? Once you know exactly which bracket you fit in, you need to then relate your present mindset with life experiences and ponder on what is that one event/experience that triggered or pushed you into a depressive state. Next, you need to come out of your self-reflective, self-pitying mode and try to switch into a self-caring mode.
What’s most important is that you have to acknowledge that you are facing emotional challenges that seem to place you in a maze that only keeps getting complicated as you are not ready to seek external support/help/counseling or medical intervention.
In a world powered by technology, you can engage yourself and try to distract your mind from destructive thoughts. Engage yourself by pursuing a hobby, join a support group, pen your thoughts and vent out your feelings, go out on a vacation with your loved ones or friends, learning a musical instrument and so on.
Step two is to open up with your friends, let out all the emotions that you seem to have capped within your heart. Share your side of the story with them and listen to their perspective as well. In all probability the mind wants to see, believe and get stuck to negative patterns that seem to manifest over the years as it is trained into believing it. Try innovative ways to keep yourself busy. If you have any deficiencies of vitamins, minerals or are depressed owing to side effects caused by prolonged medication for a physical illness, you need to address the issues basis the symptoms and the condition of your health.
Step three: You need to take time out to place yourself as a priority before giving others total importance. Spend time amidst nature, meditate, and breathe deeply experiencing a sense of gratitude as you inhale and a sense of relief from anxieties when you exhale the air.
Step four: Look around and get help from a strong support system – it could be a parent/ sibling/ friend/ colleague/ teacher/ boss/ partner/ mate, look for a responsible shoulder to lean on and an empathetic ear to listen to your innermost fears, delusions, worries or perceptions.
Sometimes in life, it appears as if you are walking on a thin line trying to balance yourself when you are actually super scared of heights. If you believe in your strengths and then focus on your shortcomings you can overcome feelings of sadness, depression, negativity, and anxiety.
Let us all remember that life does not mean having a picture-perfect paradise on earth. Like the crest and trough of the waves, every person on Earth has to face the highs and lows of life at some point of time or the other.
You have to train your mind to cope with a resolute mind, positive outlook, and the maturity to learn to come out of difficult and destructive negative and suicidal thoughts.
Remember that your mind is the most powerful machine in the world. Train it to the best of your ability and it will never fail you in life. If there’s any mental health-related condition whereby the brain is malfunctioning or is diseased then you need to seek medical help without worrying or thinking about the social stigma.
Life is a precious gift and every person on earth should be celebrating it. Personal incidences should not push you into a depressive state that only makes you feel lost with each passing day, rather make a conscious effort and attempt to come out of those difficult thoughts and transform them with positive affirmations. Meditate and focus on holistic healing and well-being. Apart from traditional medication, there are so many holistic healing mechanisms like meditation, deep breathing and so on that can make you look at life from a different perspective and bring you out of the darkness in which your mind is searching to see a source of light.
Life is in your hands. Protect it, preserve it, praise it, power it, cherish it, and celebrate it! Take a pledge to love, heal, and respect yourself from this very moment! Take good care of yourself! Say goodbye to depression and embrace life!
Authored by: Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni Ji, Global Peace Ambassador
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