Everyone has good times and bad times. We all have times when we feel more down or worried depending on what’s going on in our lives. Sometimes these reflect the typical ups and downs in our lives, other times it may become a bit more serious leading to clinical depression. Either way, symptoms of depression and anxiety may be signals that something is distressing us. These feelings may be trying to tell us that we are not attending to something in our lives that needs to be addressed or understood.
There are many possible causes of depression and anxiety. Some people may have a strong family history of depression which could indicate a genetic predisposition to depression. Others may have experienced a loss of a loved one and are grieving their loss. Sometimes depression and anxiety can come from stress in our everyday lives. Life stress can put strains on our relationships, school, or work which in turn just makes us feel worse. Some people may have also had difficult events happen in the past that continue to affect them deeply throughout the rest of their lives.
Although there may be many possible causes of depression and anxiety, it’s important to explore what is making you feel this way. Symptoms of depression can make us feel horrible and completely disrupt our lives. But, ignoring these feelings or masking them in some way can actually make matters worse. Even though we feel terrible at the time, getting to the root of these feelings and working through them can eventually lead to a more content, balanced, and fulfilled life.
While exploring issues in your life that may be contributing to feelings of depression or anxiety, there are other simple things you can do to help improve your mood and deal with stress. In my upcoming blogs, I’ll talk about supplemental activities to help you manage depression and anxiety.