350 million people a year are affected by depression. That is roughly 5% of the world. So, out of every 20 people one person is depressed. Growing up I have struggled with suicidal thoughts and depression. It seems never-ending. No matter what happens to you, you’re always are depressed. Well, I wouldn’t consider myself depressed anymore. I struggled with it for a long time and here is how I overcame my depression.
Surround yourself with happy people.
The saying misery loves company is true! When I started looking around and seeing the people I was always around it made sense why I was depressed. Most people with depression don’t hang out with many people but the ones they do are usually down about everything (At least in my case) so I found the more and more I surrounded myself with happier people the more and more I became happier. The worst thing to do is to have negative people around because it makes you look at everything worse than what it really is. This was one of my biggest faults was being around the wrong people.
Always look at the bright side of bad situations.
Everyone has bad situations in life and honestly it seems like you have more of them when you are depressed. One huge key to happiness is to always look at the bright side of any situation. The more you look at the bad side of things the worse they seem and the more they get you down. The more good you see if a bad situation the easier it is to get over it. It helps if you can find someone who you can put your trust into and vent and tell them how you feel. Sometimes the best medicine is just talking to someone about it. They may be able to point out the bright spot in a bad situation as well. There is no need to hold it all into yourself. Find someone you trust and just vent it helps a lot and you feel better after!
People do care.
When you are depressed you feel as if nobody cares. Well, they do. That’s the biggest lie most people tell themselves. “No one cares about me” No one will miss me” I’ve said that many times but the more you look around and see people do care. When you trapped inside what seems to be the bottomless pit of depression you become blind to the love of others. I promise you people do care. You may not see it now but they do.
Your life does matter.
Depression often leads to suicide. Your life is worth living! There is always hope for a better tomorrow. I found help through Church, music, and other things but if nothing seems to help don’t give up! It’s not worth losing your life over. Someone will be affected! Don’t give up if you ever feel the like your life is not worth living give a call to the Suicide hotline. 1-800-273-8255