How to cope with the pressures of studying

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Also, the onset of depression can be so subtle that it is, in deed, difficult to notice. There is a lot of frustration around. Frustration that sometimes can be controlled, or easily slip into darkness. Ask a good friend, or family member. But be careful whom you talk to. Remember, you need objective feedback, not blame.

Here are a few steps that may help you to keep your life uncomplicated, and stop the dark clouds from gathering above you.

  • Most importantly, look after yourself! Self-care is vital in the management of depression.
  • Put purpose in your life. This might mean finding a hobby or some kind of work, even if it’s voluntary.
  • Make an effort to get out of bed, and make the bed as soon as you get up. Take a shower.
  • Getting into a routine helps you to start the day.
  • Don’t feel guilty about your condition.
  • Ask for help. People like to help. You are not a burden on anyone, never.
  • Eat healthier and regularly. Make it a routine. Don’t over-eat.
  • Keep a journal, make a list of your plans/goals, and keep track of your success.
  • Sleep if you’re tired, and get up if you can’t sleep. Do some exercise.

All this is only part of what you can do to fend off depression and gain control of your life. However, if it takes over your life, you should talk to a health professional. Some people need medicamentation to get better, others turn to therapy, while some need a combination of both.

 

Special thanks to Wolfgang Wolf for providing us with this article. Wolf is author, counsellor, philanthropist, speaker and so much more. He is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand, and he regularly talks to students of Community Development, Social Work and Nursing.

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