4 Practical Ways I Battled Depression
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

4 Practical Ways I Battled Depression

Depression is a battle you can win.

4 Practical Ways I Battled Depression

Here it is, 2020 and we are locked inside to maybe the most terrifying thing of all... our thoughts. Thoughts are powerful; for some reason, they have an immense amount of power over us as we go through our daily lives. They control what we do, how we talk, and the ways we perceive the world. But what if those thoughts come to attack us?

That's what happened to me when I was growing up.

There's no reason to get into the long story of my life because that was mentioned in another article I wrote. But essentially I have struggled with depression the majority of my life. At first, it was very small but it grew into an uncontrollable and immense fire that almost cost me my life. In the end, I survived it by being radically saved by Jesus which I am thankful for every day. But for this article I wanted to take a step back because there are probably many people reading this that either has been following Jesus for years and are still depressed, or there's people who don't believe in Jesus at all. So instead of telling you to pray and hope God takes your depression away, I want to give some practical things that I did for the ten years while struggling with depression.

1. Admit that it is real

This was maybe up there with one of the most annoying things that happened to me while growing up. People would often tell me that I should, "stop being sad", or "stop being tired all the time", or the worst one... "man up". It is important to recognize that depression is an actual illness and like other illnesses it needs to be handled properly. Imagine if we told people who had pneumonia to "man up". it wouldn't turn out so well for those people and this is the same with mental illness. So, If you are struggling with depression, I want to firstly affirm you that you should not be ashamed because sometimes you feel weak. You are suffering with something that attacks your mind and it is very real and not made up in your head. It is okay to seek help in any way that you need!

2. Get some sleep sleep sleep

Okay I know this one is so cliche and I am sorry but I have to include this one. Having a decent amount of sleep is vital to combating depression. For me growing up I found that the times when I had my spirals were often late at night with a lack of sleep. I would think about how tired I was all day, and how because I was tired I couldn't be productive, and then because I wasn't productive I am a failure and a disappointment to my friends and family. Then the cycle would continue for days at a time. For a lack of a better word, it was exhausting. (I'm sorry I just had to do it.) More sleep equals more energy which leads to productivity which leads to a bigger feeling of achievement and fulfillment!

3. Spend time in the sunlight

Okay, this one probably helped me the most. Sunlight filtering through the blinds on a Saturday morning, a perfect Sunday afternoon sun in spring, the light peeking through the clouds casting a rainbow across the horizon, the sun is a beautiful thing. Not only is it an important vitamin for overall health it is also for me, therapeutic. There were often days where I would just sit by the window just to sit with the sun and I could literally feel myself getting pulled from that little pit that I often would fall into. The importance of the sun is magnanimous because it is something beautiful that is so tangible for everyone to see and feel and it might make your day a little brighter! (Okay that was the last pun I promise)

4. Make a list

Lists can either be really daunting or really invigorating dependent on the person but for me, I hate lists. lists make me feel like I am restricting myself from being free and that I have to stay confined to that particular lists and I just think it is the worst. But yet, they saved me more times than I can count. Making a list is an easy way to boost productivity and increase achievement. Don't make the list long or difficult, make it as simple as possible. I often found out that if my list became too hard it felt as if there was no reason to start at all. My lists looked something like this:

1) Make my bed

2) Do some stretching

3) Find some way to smile

That was it. Just those three things everyday helped revitalize my life daily and make me feel productive and energized without falling into manic mode or anything.

It is important to note that this isn't a comprehensive list of things that helped me. In the ten years I have struggled with this there are tons of things that have helped me, but these four are always ones I run back to. If you need help please please please reach out to someone and tell them. You are loved and valued, even if it doesn't feel like it sometimes. Be strong and courageous, you got this.



If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Why I Don't Write (Or Read) An "Open Letter To My Future Husband/Wife"

Because inflated expectations and having marriage as your only goal are overrated.

Urban Intellectuals

Although I have since changed my major I remember the feverish hysteria of applying to nursing school--refreshing your email repeatedly, asking friends, and frantically calculating your GPA at ungodly hours of the night. When my acceptance came in I announced the news to friends and family with all the candor of your average collegiate. I was met with well wishes, congratulations, and interrogations on the program's rank, size, etc. Then, unexpectedly, I was met with something else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Meet the creators making their voices heard on Odyssey.

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week
Why I Write On Odyssey

At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Last week, our response writers sparked some great conversations right here on our homepage. Here are the top three response articles:

Keep Reading... Show less

"Arthur's Perfect Christmas" Is The Perfect Holiday Special, Move Over Charlie Brown

Arthur Read is here to deliver the real meaning of Christmas.


As the holiday season draws nearer, many of us find ourselves drawn to the same old Rankin-Bass Christmas specials and the perennial favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." However, I would like to suggest an overlooked alternative, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas." It is a heartfelt, funny, and surprisingly inclusive Christmas special that deserves more recognition.

Keep Reading... Show less
Reclaim Your Weekends From The 'Sunday Scaries' With 'Self-Love Sundays' Instead
Olivia DeLucia

Laid back and taking it easy — sometimes that is the motto we all need after a busy week. Sunday scaries? Yes, they are valid – but you know what else is? A Sunday full of self-love. A lazy Sunday spent doing what you feel needs to be done to ease into the next week. Self-Love Sundays are a guilty pleasure that isn't only essential for our mind, and body, but are also a surprisingly proactive way to devote the upcoming week with a clear mindset.

So, what is a more suitable way to dedicate your week's end than a beautifully, connected playlist to accompany your face masks and journaling? Cheers, to a Self-Love Sunday (and a playlist intertwined with it to match). (Please note: "Sunday Morning" isn't included in this list, due to the obvious, but feel free to blast it anyway, we know you want to).

Keep Reading... Show less

On Sunday Morning

Breaking Free

Sunset Girl

The sun rose and peeked through the sheer curtains. Rose’s alarm shrieked. The loud bells caused her phone to jump on the side table. It was time for her to get ready for church. Blindly reaching for her phone, she shut the alarm off and pulled at the covers providing her a cocoon of warmth and tossed them to the side. She swept her bare feet across the bed to touch the cool wooden floor.

Rose softly tiptoed to the corner of the bedroom to grab her clothes dangling on the arm of the bedroom chair. Scooping all of the items of her chosen outfit, she headed to the bathroom hoping that she wouldn’t drop anything.

Round, piercing blue eyes stared back at her in the bathroom mirror. Rose fingered the wrinkles forming around her eyes. So many of them bore signs of laughter and smiling. Slowly dropping her hands, she couldn’t remember the last time she laughed in her home with Tom. Shaking her head as if to erase the negative thoughts, she reached for her makeup bag and went through her regular routine.

Applying her favorite deep rose lipstick, Rose headed downstairs to make her coffee and bagel to take with her to church. The smell of dark-roast coffee swirled in the air as Rose sliced her cinnamon raisin bagel. Hearing the Keurig sputter with the fresh brew, Rose found the interruption of the stillness comforting. The toaster signaled that her bagel was done with a soft pop. It had a delicious golden brown color. Placing the bagel on the counter, she generously spread honey nut flavored cream cheese across both halves. Gathering her bible, notebook, and pens from the side table on the porch she stuffed them into her purse. Purse hanging on her right shoulder she juggled her coffee and bagel in both of her hands as she headed to the garage.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments