10 Ways you can Help People Suffering from Depression

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.

They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, experience relationship difficulties and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. People with a depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, angry, ashamed or restless.

Depression can come because of anything. Bad relationships, family problems, money matters, career issue  or any sort of social pressure can cause depression. A depressed person is not in a good state and can hardly think good for himself, in that case its the people around him who have to take an initiative to bring the victim from a depressed to a happy state. It is not easy to control a depressed person but it is always advised that a person should always deal in a calm and composite way.

Here are some of the ways through which you can help your dear ones to come out of a depressed state of mind.

1. BE A FRIEND

RobinsonsPals-640x359A true friend is the best remedy for any sort of illness. So the easiest way to help people suffering from depression is to be their friend so that they can talk freely to you and can share everything or whatever is disturbing them. The happiness which friendship brings in life cannot be explained. If a person is depressed one of the main reason behind it could be loneliness. After all a friend in need is a friend in deed.

2. MEDITATION

MEDITATION1-1Meditation is become the most important activities that help relax our brain by keeping the stress inducing concerns at bay. I know it is not really easy job to meditate a depressed person but meditation is really important for them as due to stress their nervous cells gets effected a lot. If you want to indulge a person into meditation then you should try that early in the morning with lots of people, elderly people will be of help to you in terms of engaging a person into meditation.

3. PROPER DIET

dietSome research suggests that certain proper diet is the guidelines and can help people suffering from depression.” Providing the body the correct chemical tools it needs to heal the chemical imbalances that often cause depression”. nutrients like vitamin B 12, vitamin D, selenium, and Omega-3 are proven to lower the rates of depression. One should serve food rich in these nutrients to a depressed person. Green tea, red wine, grapes vitamin c and many more things are highly rich in antioxidants.

So the main thing you should do if you want to help someone who is depressed is to take proper care of that person. Give lots of raw fruits and if he/she do not feel like eating you should yourself feed.

4. VITALITY

frontpage_slide5If a person is not well and the people around are treating in a very sympathetic manner , in that case the will power of the person slowly dies and the mind starts thinking that he or  is actually ill and thus becomes dependent on others for help. Depression is something which can be best handled on a personal level. All this does not mean that one should leave a depressed person but the idea is to make him realize hat there is nothing like depression in this beautiful world.

if you are concerned regarding the person do not let the concern come at your face , act as if everything is perfectly fine. by doing this you will give a positive enviroment to the depressed one and with this positivity it will become very easy for that person to defeat the depression.

5. EXERCISE

Man and woman doing stretching exercisesExercise means that a wide range of activities that boost your activity level to help you feel better. when a person exercise that gives the multiple benefits. like Yoga, aerobics, running, etc. There are infinite ways to do exercise. If your near one is not showing interest in reading or anything else, in that case just try and force that person to do simple exercises, I know things will not work at once but just try multiple times at different intervals. And I am sure that you will get success, just do not loose hope.

6. DIVERT THE MIND

divert-150x150Depressed people feel very lonely as they think that no one understands them or it seems to them as if everything has ended and there is nothing left in their life, everything seems hopeless to them. In such a situation the best thing will be to indulge these people in some sort of activity so that instead of focusing on their depressed life they will pay attention somewhere else. Playing games like football ,badminton, tennis, basketball or even chess will be of great use. try to keep them engage in one or the other thing.

7. CONSULT A PSYCHIATRIST 

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A doctor can understand the depressed person in a better way, if a person is not responding to his or her social surroundings. Psychiatrist treats the person in a very friendly manner further making it more comfortable for the other person. In case your dear ones are not able to sleep properly at night or due to some reason they are unable to overcome their stress then in such severe cases you should visit a psychiatrist so that he can take care of the person medically whereas the counselor will try to dig out the actual problem and may give the solution too.

8. GIVE SOME SUNSHINE (Vitamin D)

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If you are not able to divert the mind of someone who is depressed then just try to take that person out of the house for a while in the afternoon or you can even take that person for a small walk during the sunrise or sunset as it would give a soothing view to the eyes as well as the mind. This is why some counselors prescribe sunlight lamps for depression patients who are allergic to sun rays or live in cold regions as it stimulates the same effect as going outside and standing under bright sunshine. 20-25 minutes of sunbath for a depressed person is always beneficial’.

9. HERBAL MASSAGE

Thai-Herbal-CompressDepression is not just limited to head but it also affects your whole body. Addressing both mind and body can create immediate changes for people who may have been struggling with some issues for years. Modern day treatments for depression are not a permanent solution as they give temporary relief and further have many health disadvantages also. In that Harbal Massage it is a natural and effective way of treatment of depression  and also prevents re occurrences to a larger extent thus you can take your dear ones for a herbal massage as it would give them a sort of relaxation not only to the mind but also to the whole body.

10. DEVELOP READING HABITS

Reading-Habits-Ways-To-Cultivate-It-In-Your-ChildrenSome of us love to read a lot while some do not. But books are indeed our best friends. Depression is deadly but one can overcome it easily. If you really want to help a depressed person then it becomes very important for you to indulge that person into something. There are a lot of variety of novels available in the market these days, try to get the most interesting fiction keeping in mind the taste of the person for whom you are purchasing that person has to read at least for a minimum of ten minutes on a daily basis.