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Taking the Initiative

It is important to take the initiative to improve your well-being when dealing with depression.  Many don’t like to be told what to do, but you know you’re not happy or content. Although, some don’t think they are depressed until someone points it out. When someone asks if you’re okay, notice your mood is different or the fact you seem withdrawn, it could be a signal you need to do something about it.

Between 2005 and 2015 more people experienced symptoms of depression. This is according to a recent study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) which suggests the number of people dealing with depression rose by 18 percent while affecting millions every year in the United States alone.  WHO claims many choose not to get treatment due to lack of support or shame.

When you’re depressed, it can be hard to initiate positive action. If depression is something that reoccurs or you feel you may experience a relapse, it helps to have a plan in place to encourage action you will take. 

Have a support system including people you can reach out to by phone, text, email, or in-person. Have a favorite place to go to collect your thoughts and breathe (consider a place promoting calm or productivity such as the park, the library, a counselor or support group).

Assess your situation. Think about why you’re depressed or not in a good mood.  What action can you take to make things better? When you can see yourself making a necessary change, it’s time to be the change (it’s time to take the lead). 

Many don’t like being depressed or admit it is a problem, but when you do it shows you want to do something about it. Admitting it is a problem is a good thing, and as long as you stay committed to improving yourself, it won’t take over your life. You’re more likely to engage in activity that can help deal with depression in a healthy manner.

What does your well-being have to do with dealing with depression?  When you feel down, you may not feel like doing things that can help you. You may not want to eat right, be productive, or talk about your problems. Few with depression keep things bottled up because they think no one will care.  If you can improve your thinking, gain motivation, and be open to doing things that can help, it can improve your mood and your whole outlook on things.

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