Watching My Orchid Grow: 7 Tips To Prevent Depression
No matter how much we water it, we can’t stop an orchid from losing its flowers. But, unlike orchids and their flowers, we can take action to prevent depression.
I have this orchid on my desk and it lost its flowers last year. Since then, it has sprouted four more stems, but no flowers. I used to get so annoyed! Have you ever tried to watch an orchid bloom? It’s as frustrating and futile as trying to prevent depression.
The difference between an orchid and depression is we can – to an extent – take action against depression. With an orchid it’s: don’t over water it, position it near a window and good luck!
Here are my tips for combatting depression:
1. As soon as you feel depressed, communicate this with your loved one. They may pick up on it, they may not. It’s our job to tell them.
2. Make an appointment with your psychiatrist and psychologist/therapist ASAP. Ask a loved one for help if you need it.
3. Have your loved one come with you to your appointments. They can be your memory, take notes for med changes and fill in the doctor objectively. We tend to minimize things.
4. Do one thing each day to feel progress. It could be taking a shower, picking up the phone, paying a bill, getting out of bed, making your bed, anything. One thing.
5. Try using a light box.
6. Ask for help with any chores you may need: bills, laundry, errands, groceries, etc.
7. Use a predefined buzzword if you’re thinking of taking your own life, especially if you have a plan.
8. Verbalize to your doctor if your depression is out-of-the-blue. Doctors need to determine if the cause is medication-related or triggered by a major life event.
These tips could potentially save your life. In the least, they could shorten your depressive episode and get you the help you need.