What is Depression?

Depression is a very real condition. While many people think that depression is simply a state of mind and something you should just “snap out of,” it’s an illness that affects not just the mind, but the whole body.

When you’re depressed, you experience changes in eating, sleeping, the way you feel about yourself, and even the way you approach the most mundane things.

Depression is not simply feeling blue; it’s a true illness which can last weeks, months, or even years.

You may notice a variety of symptoms when you’re depressed. These symptoms vary widely from individual to individual, and they’re also dependent upon the severity of the depression.

If you’re depressed, you may experience the following:

1.  Difficulty focusing or making decisions

2.  Negative thought processes

3.   Poor self esteem

4.  Thoughts of hurting yourself

5.  A lack of motivation or irritability

6.  Feeling ill

7.  Feelings of helplessness

8.  Getting better seems hopeless

 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is another very real concern that plagues many of us. While we all feel anxious from time to time, for some people, anxiety becomes a way of life for reasons unknown

even to the anxious person.

Anxiety has the ability to affect our entire body and mind. When you struggle with anxiety it changes the way you feel, how you behave, and even affects your physical well being.

Anxiety is much like feeling fear, but you may not know what you’re fearful or anxious about. This causes a vicious cycle of feeling anxious and then being afraid of being anxious!

Anxiety is often triggered by stress. We all encounter stress, but some of us handle it differently than others. Those who are not equipped to deal with stress effectively often struggle with anxiety.

Anxiety  may  cause  you to  experience  symptoms such  as:

๏    Muscle tension

๏    Shaking

๏    Upset stomach

๏    “Butterflies”

๏    Headache

๏    Backache

๏    Rapid heart rate

๏    Numbness

๏    Increased perspiration

Depression and anxiety are very real illnesses that can quickly take over your life. You may not even realize how profoundly you’re being affected by depression and anxiety.

Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can take action to improve your physical and mental well being if you suffer from depression or anxiety. You can start improving your life right now!

Over the next two days we’ll take a look at some actionable strategies that will help you get rid of anxiety and depression.