An increasing epidemic, depression is fast becoming one of the many battles on top of dealing with a disability alone.
Having a disability can be enough of a burden, however with depression it can feel as though these symptoms are increased even further.
This may feel like the case, however there are ways in which you can help yourself battle with such a mental illness on top of the daily needs that must be met to tackle disabilities.
It must be made clear that this is something that you can handle if certain precautions are taken in to action, with some powerful benefits:
It is often said that exposure to the outside world lifts our spirits due the circadian rhythm, which overall normalises our daily patterns. While you may want to hide from the world and stay indoors all day, this can only lead to further isolation and stop you from overcoming your depressive state.
Going outside does not have to involve rigorous exercise, you can simply get out and go for a drive somewhere and see where the journey takes you; it is all about taking small steps after all.
Make Time For Sleep
Lack of sleep is known to be one of the biggest causes of stress (of any kind), that therefore can lead to depression; so make sure your sleeping pattern is on point. Getting enough hours of sleep per night is crucial to our basic neurological functions throughout the day, which makes it essential to have a restful night’s sleep.
This still applies to those who suffer from a disability, so if you feel that you are too busy to sleep, make time to do so and attempt to go to bed at the same time every night.
Beware Of Your Own Thoughts
This sort of strategy is key to stopping negative thoughts and overall emotional ruts. Simply being aware of what triggers such thoughts and acknowledging them can make the world of difference.
It will take work to simply stop thinking this way, but understand these feelings for what they are and you will be able to accept them and move on more efficiently; it is better to practice this than stay in the self-fulfilling prophecy of negativity.
Depression can often make having a disability that much worse, however you do have the ability to tackle this just as you do with your own disability; whatever it may be. Understanding and taking the precautions suggested will have powerful improvements to your own mental state; so take them into consideration next time and see for yourself what a difference it can make.