Are you feeling sluggish, unmotivated, and isolated?
Is the stress of coronavirus, facemasks and lockdowns making you feel like you’re falling into a pit, from which there seems to be no escape?
Is it making your get-up-and-go feel like it’s got up and gone?
Maybe the stress, confinement and financial pressures associated with the Covid-19 pandemic is driving you down? Or, maybe, it’s leaving you emotionally numb?
Perhaps, it’s interfering with your drive and determination, or your ability to achieve your goals?
Or, maybe, you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning. And the cold, dark, mornings aren’t helping.
The Downward Spiral
The isolation and lack of social support brought about by the Covid-19 restrictions have left many of us feeling increasingly alone; even abandoned. And, as we move into Autumn, and the darker nights come, it might seem like things can only get worse.
Without strong and healthy coping strategies, you might well find yourself floundering, feeling increasingly depressed and anxious.
You Are Not Alone
Depression is widespread among children, teenagers, and adults alike. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people reach out for therapy. According to the Mental Health Foundation, roughly 1 in 5 people in the UK, suffer from anxiety or depression. And that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. More recent research has shown that social isolation and financial pressures are worsening mental health for many people, and there is no sign of that abating
The Happiness Switch
Many people seem to think that happiness should be like a switch: you can turn it off or on. All you need to do, when you’re depressed, is to flip the switch and choose to he happy. You’re told to “just snap out of it,” or to “cheer up”. If only it were that simple. But it isn’t. Depression is not a choice. If it was, would anyone choose to feel like this?
Unfortunately, such misunderstandings, prejudicial judgements and the social stigma surrounding mental health can all make it even harder for someone suffering from depression to reach out for help.
And social media doesn’t help. The “perfect lives” portrayed on social media can often leave us feeling like we are missing out. Everyone else has such happy lives (it seems). So, “there must be something wrong with me, or my life would be like theirs.”
Some Reasons People Avoid Seeking Help
It is hard to reach out for help. The social stigma associated with mental health leads some people to blame themselves (or be blamed by others) for how they feel. As a result, seeking support can seem like admitting failure.
Others might think there is no point, believing that nothing could help; particularly if the depression is long-stanging or “runs in the family”. For some, there might be a past event, trauma or loss, that they are afraid is too painful to approach, so they put it off. And off. And off…
But, the fact is that depression rarely cures itself. More often, it spirals deeper and deeper, making life harder and harder with each passing day. Left untreated, depression can lead to severe mental and physical health conditions. So ,it’s important that you seek help sooner rather than later.
Depression Can Be Helped
There is strong evidence that talking therapies, such as counselling, have a significant impact on depression. Having someone who will listen to you, without judgement and without getting bored, can make a world of difference. Worling with a depression counsellor, you will learn and develop strategies to overcome your depression and more towards a happier and healthier life. It might not be a quick fix, particularly if you have been depressed for a long time, but counselling can make a massive difference.