Last week I was stunned when I read that Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment at Park Avenue in New York. Suspected suicide. Cause? Depression.
Depression is as real as a common cold or viral fever. Yet, people are in denial.
Avicci took his life few months back, who was just in his early twenties. He said in an interview a couple of years back:
“The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore”
Well, why was I shocked? Kate Spade was one incredible designer and her boutiques were all pink and illuminated with everything colourful, gold and the likes.
There have been a lot of actors, celebs and even some people around who we may know might have killed themselves.
The question is that Can they be saved?
In India being depressed, is still considered a taboo. And, people feel ashamed in opening up to their friends or family if this silent bug has bitten them.
In 2016 a movie called Dear Zindagi was released which portrayed SRK as a psychiatrist and the female lead Alia Bhatt would go to him for sessions.
I would like to believe that after this movie a mass of people might have ‘agreed’ to the fact that Depression is real. And, nothing to be ashamed of.
What Causes Depression
Not really proven, but our genes may have a huge part to play if we get depression.
If one grieves a loss of a loved one, or a job or something dear to him it can trigger depression.
Being A Worrier
Some of us just tend to worry more. And, that is not good. Because, what is just plain worrying now may change into depression after a few years. So, its important to not linger on sad situations and let go.
Chemical Changes In The Brain
This can be a reason, but it is not the only reason.
Some More Reasons Of Depression
Our lives has become an open book now. From what we love to eat to how much we work out. To, our vacation pics blow by blow and so on. It can motivate, yes. But, it could even cause anxiety too. There are even terms such as Facebook Depression.
Lack Of Sleep
We have been hearing it from our families since we became teens. And, now we tell the same to our kids. 8 hours of sleep is necessary for you to function well & be in a better frame of mind.
Lack Of Exercise
Exercise is not only physical, but also mental. It is a scientifically proven fact that working-out releases ‘endorphins’ or happy hormones which will lift you up.
How To Deal With Depression
Talk It Out
Yes, talk. Do not feel miserable that you might be depressed. Pick up your phone- call your spouse, mom, BFF. If you do not feel comfortable Google and reach out to a doctor soon.
Make Yourself Happy
Even if applying a red shade of lipstick on a dull day, will give you a smidgen of hope, go for it. You are worth it,
Read good books. Watch funny tv shows, listen to music.
Walk It Off
Go for a walk. Or join a Zumba class, Dancing in the form of workout is so much fun and has extra benefits too.
Don’t Think Negative
I know this is really something hard to combat, but it can be done 8 out of 10 times. Whenever you feel morose just go to your happy place mentally. Or, pray. Praying always seems to help me when I feel extra negative.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
I personally believe that no one is perfect. And, as long as we keep trying its ok to have fall here and there.
There area few helplines in India as well for depression check here.
Depression is real and should not be taken lightly. In fact it should be given a lot more heed than it is given as other medical challenges.
Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only.