10 Sep Find Joy in Life! – How You Can Overcome Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Trudy Jacobsen

When depression takes hold of you, it can feel crushing. Depressive and suicidal thoughts can be extremely overwhelming, and you may be left feeling as though you are powerless to fight back.

Depression often makes even simple tasks feel impossible. When you are depressed, it may be difficult to get out of bed, shower, go to work, or even leave the house. Unsurprisingly, self-care is so important in the fight against depression. Yet, it is often one of the hardest things to do.

Although it may feel impossible right now, you can overcome your depression and learn to find joy in life again. Consider the following self-care tips.

Spend Time with Loved Ones Face-to-Face

If you are feeling depressed, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to schedule in-person hangouts with a friend or other loved one.

Depression and suicidal thoughts tend to make us withdraw and isolate ourselves. These behaviours, however, will only harm us and allow depression to become worse and worse.

Spending time with loved ones face-to-face is a great way to make sure we stay connected to the people in our lives so that we always have a support system in place.

Adopt a Pet

Has your depression left you feeling like you are alone and unneeded? If so, you may want to consider adopting a pet.

Caring for another living thing can empower you and make you feel less isolated and less alone. Pets also provide love and companionship, which are especially valuable if you are struggling to connect with other humans.

Additionally, the responsibility of feeding, walking, or playing with a pet can motivate you to get out of bed or to generally be more active when times get hard.

However, please only adopt a pet if you are in a position to care for the animal emotionally and financially. Pets deserve to be loved and properly taken care of, so carefully consider this choice before making any commitments.

Maintain Healthy Sleep Habits

Depression universally affects our sleeping habits—and the results are almost always negative. If you have been feeling depressed or suicidal, you likely are sleeping way too little or way too much.

Many who struggle with depression find themselves awake at night and unable to sleep during “normal” hours, which leads them to sleep far into the day. These poor sleeping habits feed the cycle of depression. To overcome your depression and suicidal thoughts, focus on getting a healthy amount of sleep each night. This looks different for everyone but usually hovers around the eight-hour mark. You may need to reduce screen time, get ready for bed earlier, or make other lifestyle changes to help your sleep cycle get back on track.

Spend Time Outside

Nature can be a powerful antidote to depression. Spending time in the great outdoors tends to boost mood and lift spirits—which makes it a highly effective tool against suicidal thoughts.

Studies show that even a few minutes outside each day can help relieve depressive symptoms over time. Go for a walk, have a picnic, spend time in a garden, sit on your front porch, visit the neighbourhood pool—anything that can help get you out of the house and out of your own head. You may find that the more time you spend outside, the more time you want to spend outside!

If you have been struggling to find joy in your life, incorporating one or more of these ideas may be able to help. It takes time to reduce depressive and suicidal thoughts, but progress and recovery are possible when you consistently try.

For more help managing depression or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to me today (07) 3282 5453 or email admin@counsellingaustralia.com.au