We are living in chaotic times. The World Health Organisation predicted in early 2020 that we should expect a rise in mental health issues, with anxiety and depression extending through our communities, affecting both young and old. At the moment many of us are feeling low, and for some that leads to acute anxiety and depression.
So what are the signs of depression?
Signs of depression can include loss of interest in normal activities, social withdrawal, feeling deep sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, guilt, tearfulness, extremes in mood, poor concentration, chronic fatigue, poor sleep, erratic eating, loss of libido, physical aches, and pains, and in really severe cases, paranoia. So, ‘pull yourself together’. No, it does not work that way. When you are anxious of depressed, you cannot just ‘snap’ out of it.
There are some steps that you can take today:
· Pay attention to the warning signs mentioned above
· Seek help and support
· Challenge negative thoughts and seek out positive people
· Manage your emotions in appositive manner
· Talk to a friend, keep in touch, and stay connected
· Exercise the body
· Explore techniques for relaxation such as a body scan or visualisation
· Establish and try to keep to a routine, such as eating, sleeping, exercise
· Set yourself simple and positive targets