They say that the health is the greatest wealth a human can have.
It’s the most valuable thing in a person’s life, and unfortunately – we take it for granted until it’s lost in a blink of an eye… But hey, we’re not here to give you some motivational speeches about the preciousness of the health. Also, we`re not here to warn you to take care, EACH and EVERY day, of your diet, physical activity, and other good habits.
We are here to remind you of another smart and simple quote:
HEALTHY BODY – HEALTHY MIND.
We are here because you should remember that the holly health is not only physical but also mental health!
Depression became the world’s most widespread illness – yes, it happened. So, you may think that you don’t really know personally anyone who is affected by this “popular” mental issue. But chances are that, unfortunately, you’re probably wrong.
The World Health Organization’s definition of depression is: persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for two weeks or more.
Two weeks or more means that if you’re experiencing these unpleasant feelings for more than two past two weeks, you should address yourself to a professional help. You know how they say:
Prevention is better than cure. If a loss of interest and sadness lasts less than two weeks than it should probably be considered as a short negative episode. But of course, we should always, without exception, take it seriously.
In 2015, the World Health Organization came up with information that more than 322 million people were suffering from the depression!
These are the symptoms of this serious mental illness
If you’re having more than one of these (except the last one which is, you’ll agree, sufficient itself), please consider them to be a reason to ask for the professional help:
- lack of energy for usual everyday activities
- changes in appetite: lack of the appetite or frequent overeating
- loss of the interest for sex, or for your partner in general
- sleep changes: insomnia, oversleeping, waking in the early
- hours of the morning without any clear reason
- concentration problems: you feel very hard to focus or to
- remember things
- unexplained pains and aches: you feel sudden headache, Stomach pain or back pain
- feeling of hopelessness: you feel like things will never get better, and your problems are without a solution
- feeling of helplessness: you feel like you can’t do anything to improve your condition
- self-loathing: strong and even exaggerated feelings of guilt, very sharp self-criticizing
- reckless behavior: substance abuse, fast and reckless driving, frequent gambling
- anxiety episodes: improper breathing (hyperventilation), exaggerated worrying about even the smallest things during the day
- irritability: you feel like your patience is very short, your tolerance level is very low, your temper is shorter than ever,… Also, every little thing goes on your nerves and you can help but feel restless, irritated or sometimes even violent
- thoughts of self-harm: you caught yourself with thoughts about self-harming. You that the world would be a better place without you (if you ever felt this warning sign, please, do not hesitate with asking for help)
For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery, reminds Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at World Health Organization.
If you’re reading this for someone else…
… Well, then, here’s what you should know: you should never underestimate even the quietest call for help. That could be the step of crucial importance for a person in depression. Except for the warning signs we already explained in the previous paragraph, here are some more things that you might notice and that worried you – with reason:
- a person is trying to “pays back the debts”, trying to solve some things, to return borrowed things, and similar
- saying things like: “I want out!”, “The world would be a better place without me” or “You’d be better without me”
- frequent, sudden, and a little weird shift of the mood
Why the mental health and the physical health are connected?
The both can have a role of a cause and the both can have a role of a consequence. The mental issues can cause physical issues, such as diabetes, and heart diseases – and also serious and complicated physical conditions can cause anxiety, depression, or both.
Mental Health Foundation’s statistics say that the depression can increase the risk of the death from a heart disease for about 67% and that it can also increase the risk of the death from cancer for 50%.
Why is that?
Because the people who are suffering from a mental health issue are less likely to ask for a medical care (before it’s too late). Also because the anxiety and depression are followed by an increased stress level… And we all know what the uncontrolled stress can do to a human body!
It can alter your hormonal balance and affect your heart’s correct functioning. It can affect very negatively on your digestion, on your sleep cycle and it can reduce your energy… So you develop bad habits and neglect the good ones.
DON’T ALLOW IT!
One problem is too much, you don’t want another one. And you don’t need to wait for super-worrying signs to ask for medical help.
What can you do (physically) to improve your condition if you’re dealing with depression?
First of all, you should talk to someone TODAY. Then, you should ask for a professional help. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of that: you need help and that is completely okay. You should know you’re a NORMAL person. No one should ever call you crazy because it will simply mean they are uneducated or uninformed about a very important thing.
You can also, and you should definitely do it, increase your physical activities!
It is one of the most effective ways to fight back depression, anxiety, and stress in general.
The sports can help you significantly to fight mental issues, for many reasons
Here are some of them:
- it will increase your energy, which will make you stronger and more ready to get up and fight your problems
- sports improve your sleep, so you will be more relaxed in the morning, and have less problems with insomnia or other sleep issues that used to make you stressed and tired
- it helps you cope with your problems in a healthy way, instead of using alcohol, cigarettes or abuse other psychoactive substances
- it might improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
- you will look better, and you will feel better. There was always a strong connection between those two (we should admit it)
- sports fulfill your free time, so you’ll stop to procrastinate, and eventually to overthink everything
- this is an obvious one: it will make you healthier and more resistant to illness
- team sports will develop the sense of purpose: you will socialize and be an important part of something
Depression is not a life sentence
Wherever you are in your life and however the moment seems like a dead-end, it is not! There’s always more, and there’s always a brighter spot from you can observe your problem. DEPRESSION IS NOT FOR LIFE, remember that. It’s not a life sentence and is not an unexplored field where you are all by yourself.
And what should be the most remembered: it is not your fault and it is not a reason for discrimination!
Depression can be prevented and treated, reminds World Health Organization.
A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.