In this turbulent time, the greatest work you can do is to keep yourself refrained from all the works that you do on a daily basis. A human being, or put in modern terms, a moving machine which basically works between 12-18hrs a day, now has been put to rest. Whenever a machine gets unused for a month, the machine becomes a commonplace of different kinds of problems. And, the same goes for Homo sapiens, a species which has never learned to rest. These Homo sapiens have suddenly been bound to remain within the walls of their homes. Being refined in one’s own home may fix one problem I.e. Covid-19 but, may invite another problem called “Depression”
There’s an old saying,’’ Opportunities always come hand-in-hand with costs”.
Staying at home may protect you from the deadly Virus but, it wouldn’t save you from depression that the virus has been begetting. When you sit at home idly, doing practically nothing, the best thing you could do is talk to your friends and kill the boredom. And I did the same. When I asked my friends about their health and inquired if they were okay, over the phone, I found that almost all of them were depressed and anxious. One of my friends said that the level of his depression has reached a certain level which his mind couldn’t deal and therefore, had been troubling him a lot. My other friend said almost the same. He asserted,’’ Depression is killing me more than Covid-19 ever could”.He said it was ripping his soul and mind apart – it was devouring on him.
My third and fourth friends said that they couldn’t find the right balance in their lives due to stress and depression. Now, it seems that a tug of war is going between the Covid-19 and depression, and both of these, are fighting for their own space in human society.
Recent data also suggest that due to lockdown imposed, depression and stress have rocketed to a new level. I believe that this is a war and every one among us is a soldier and, if we allow our intelligence to do our deeds unitedly, then, we can definitely win this battle.
Don’t let depression ruin your mind. Stay Safe! Stay Alert!
So let me tell you something, depression is not something we are born with neither do we carry it along from our parents’ genes. It just happens. It can happen to anyone at any time. So Many celebrities and famous people have suffered from depression. Dwayne Jhonson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Michael Phelps, J.K. Rowling, Jim Carrey, Winston Churchill, and so many others had depression. So there’s nothing to feel embarrassed about it if you’re one of the victims of depression. You can always reach out for help.
So, the question is, “Is it curable?”
Yes, and of course yes, so let me share with you some insights on how to cope with depression. And trust me guys, it comes from my personal experience. I believe if we can create the right kind of atmosphere, a certain sense of joy, love, care, and discipline in our life, then it can be easily cured. An old saying that goes, “An empty mind is the devil’s workshop”, so don’t let your mind be empty, always try to indulge yourself in an active social life. Have some right kind of exercise and a good amount of sleep. Every day, feed your mind with some positive and healthy thoughts. Whenever you feel alone, put on your headphones, and listen to some good music. Music helps a lot with overcoming stress. If you play any musical instrument, do that, too. Playing a musical instrument not only manages your stress but it also makes you creative. Every day, try to spend some time with nature. Do some interesting work that fills your mind with some mental peace. So I solemnly urge you not to let depression become the way of your being. So install these habits within you, I am confident that you will come out with some positive outcome.
We have our roles, too, when we encounter someone who’s depressed and sad. First of all, notice all the symptoms. A person who starts getting depressed, usually, starts him/her self isolating from people.He/she prefers being alone crumbled in the bed. He doesn’t participate in social interactions and functions.He/ she can get irritated very soon. And even get furious if they get yelled. Notice the change in behavior. If you finally become assured that someone is having negative thoughts, do your best to help him. The best way you could help him/her is by talking, consoling, making him talk about what and how he feels like. Trust me, this would make him/her feel so much better.
If you somehow manage to learn that he/she is seriously depressed, you must have to take quick actions. You must let his/her family know what’s been going through. Ask them to be nicer and soothing to him. Ask them to support him with all the means. In many cases, a depressed person is ashamed to admit about being depressed. In such cases, they are so little willing to let anyone know about the thing. So it’s better if you talk to him first before telling their family about their condition.
Social Stigma has become such an issue that these days, more people are taking their lives because of the stigma. Social stigma has become the main reason for people taking their own lives. It’s, therefore, our responsibility that we bring drastic changes in our thoughts- the way we think about depressed and hapless people, the way we judge people without any valid background knowledge about them, the way we call suicides a sin, the way we react upon finding our brother/sister/friend/son/daughter is suicidal and depressed. As if they have committed a great sin. We need to stop treating people like garbage. Do not ever even try to bully people. Be nice to them.
And more than this, raise your voices against bullying and unfair social discrimination and social malpractices. If you somehow can’t do this, do reach out to other people and ask them to help. Use the suicide prevention hotline number. Google it if you don’t have it. Contact the local ward members. Reach out tell your neighbors if someone in your area is getting harassed or bullied or domestically abused.