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How to protect yourself from spring depression? And can you help yourself if she has already captured you?

by ROBINSON JAMES HERBERT about a year ago in how to
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Firstly, during the winter we get very tired: in our latitudes there is little sun, vitamins, we rarely go out into the open air. Secondly, it is still a long way from a summer vacation to start planning or even dreaming about it. Thirdly, spring, like autumn, is a time of change, and our psyche loves constancy. Anything new causes her anxiety.

How to protect yourself from spring depression? And can you help yourself if she has already captured you?
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Spring Depression

How to protect yourself from spring depression? And can you help yourself if she has already captured you?

Why do some of us get depressed in spring, when nature is blooming?

Firstly, during the winter we get very tired: in our latitudes there is little sun, vitamins, we rarely go out into the open air. Secondly, it is still a long way from a summer vacation to start planning or even dreaming about it. Thirdly, spring, like autumn, is a time of change, and our psyche loves constancy. Anything new causes her anxiety.

Therefore, if melancholy fell on you, first of all think: maybe you need to rest? Leave for a week where there is a lot of sun and already warm. Or go to someone's winter dacha? Or just stay at home - finish all your business in a leisurely mode, sleep longer, read a book, watch your favorite movie. Sometimes two days plus a weekend is enough to slow down the inner rhythm and just relax.

Often people say, "I don't have time for vacation right now." But if you get sick, then there will surely be time. Why bring yourself to this?

In general, in the spring, depression is exacerbated in those for whom it is a familiar background - both in summer and in winter.

Are these people suffering from a chronic form of the disease?

No, that's most of us. Today this condition is becoming more and more the norm. Especially in large cities, where stress increases every day, where people often do not what they want. Where they see how others live, but understand that they will never reach this level.

Do you want to

And this is the question. If you even think about whether you really want all of this, you will take the first step towards overcoming depression. The fact is that we are now being told that in order to be prosperous and successful, we must live this way, have this. Advertising and the media paint a rosy picture of happiness: a big beautiful house in nature, a nice car, a husband gets a lot, a wife does not work, but she is so creative: she arranges children's parties, does charity work.

There are at least three children - they are well-groomed, polite, a little mischievous. In the evenings, the whole family watches cartoons, everyone hugs, everyone loves each other. And if there are difficulties, they only rally.

You look at such a picture, then at your life, and depression begins at any time of the year - not only in the spring.

And what to do?

It would be nice to first ask yourself: do I personally need all this, am I ready to pull it off? And is happiness connected only with this? Is there any other way to be happy?

If a person has never lived in his own house, he has no idea what the costs are, how much attention is required: repairs, cleaning, insect control. What problems arise due to the fact that the entire city infrastructure - shops, clinics, schools, banks - is far away.

Live a week in a family with three children, and you will see that this is far from an idyll: it is illness, fear of losing a job, each child has its own difficulties, conflicts between brothers and sisters. Yes, all this can be successfully solved. But this is not at all the beautiful picture that advertising paints for us.

When you ask doctors how to cope with depression, you usually get a standard answer: a healthy lifestyle and antidepressants.

There are standard tools that nevertheless work. For example, some Western experts do not undertake to treat depression if a person does not devote 40 minutes a day to physical activity.

Every woman knows that if you wash your hair, you will feel better. A contrast shower will also invigorate. Go to the sea. Try swimming for 20 minutes every morning or just hanging in the water. And we'll talk in 10 days.

To all this, a person who is depressed will say to you: “Why? What's the point of this?"

Indeed, the complexity of the disease is that a person does not want to do anything to get rid of it. He doesn't believe in healing. And there is only one way out - to do all this without faith. Just take these recommendations as a rule: this is how it should be! No reasoning!

What else can help a person during depression?

Of course, art. Sad films help some people in this state. Yes, it’s sad, comedies are just annoying. In them, a person sees that the world is beautiful, but does not exist for him. He lost touch with him. It's like looking at delicious food in front of a display case and not being able to taste it. This sometimes causes fear and despair. Sad films, on the other hand, help a person to experience some of his emotions, feelings and thus get rid of them.

Films that tell the story of coping - with a good or neutral ending - are great help. For example, a person lived and lived, then something happened to him, he thought and coped with the troubles. These are films like Forest Gump. From ours - "Officers", "Moscow does not believe in tears." They calm the depressed person.

There are books that are useful to read in this state. Such as, for example, "Seagull named Jonathan Livingston" by Richard Bach, psychotherapist Irwin Yalom "When Nietzsche cried", "Schopenhauer as medicine", "Say yes to life!" psychologist Viktor Frankl, "The Power of the Moment Now" by Eckhart Tolle.

And, of course, music is beautiful, better alive, which resonates with the deepest layers of the soul. And here you have to choose exactly what touches you personally. The purpose of listening to such music is not to get aesthetic pleasure, but to awaken the natural forces of the body. Maybe it will be Cesario Evora, maybe organ music. Or the choir of the Monastery, which pierces to the bone.

When you feel certain vibrations, the body begins to revive. And at this moment a person can start crying. It's good. It means that in such a situation you are “unfrozen”, and part of the grief comes out of you.

Believers, of course, find it easier to get through depression - they know that despondency is a grave sin. And if a person has a confessor, then you can tell him everything - and this will help. But even if you do not believe in God, it is good to visit the monasteries. Their atmosphere is soothing.

How to be friends of someone who has fallen into depression - do you need to invite him somewhere: to a concert, for a walk? Or is it better to leave alone?

You can invite, insist - not very much. And besides, it depends on where. If it's a picnic in nature, then yes. If the disco is in a nightclub - probably not. It is best to avoid noisy places where you cannot talk.

But a good concert, where a person will just sit, watch and listen, is ideal. Music does not require tension, it itself establishes a connection and penetrates into a person like air.

You can invite him to a sporting event such as biathlon, running or horse racing. Our bodies begin to resonate when we root for an athlete, we become infected with a thirst for victory, and his energy is transferred to us.

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ROBINSON JAMES HERBERT

I'm a worshiper of creativity and knowledge. I'm a researcher of many sectors. I like to write my own view on various subjects, and also like to write about techniques and tips. Follow me to get amazing information and tips.

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