By Max Wardlow –
Developing healthy coping skills for depression is essential in the high stress environment many of us are faced with today. The World Health Organization estimates are that depression is the fourth largest, most expensive and most disabling illness in the world today, and they expect this trend to continue for the next decade.
If you’re experiencing depression, you not alone. In varying degrees we’re all affected by trauma. Unresolved emotions are usually involved in symptoms of depression. A certain amount of emotional trauma is inevitably involved in being human. Many of us may be carrying around unresolved emotions left over from childhood.
We don’t usually understand how sensitive we are as children and since children have not yet developed skills for resolving trauma, it’s often necessary at the time to develop a coping strategy that may become counterproductive in adulthood.
Some researchers believe that most illness and disease has at its root, unresolved emotional issues which are being unconsciously suppressed. On the subject of coping skills for depression, we must consider that the very coping tactics that we’ve adopted may be helping to cause the depression.
One of the most common coping tactics is avoidance. In order to avoid our uncomfortable emotions we try to lose ourself in some activity. Overwork, sex, surfing the Net, food and shopping are some of the things we use to try to “forget our pain.” Of course there’s nothing wrong with any of these activities, but if our main reason for doing them is to avoid painful emotions, they will probably be less than satisfying.
Since we’ve all been conditioned and trained to suppress emotions that we were taught were “negative”, learning to make room for these feelings is a productive coping skill for depression.
To be honest, learning to make room for difficult emotions is not for sissies. We may want a “quick fix”, and there are legal prescription drugs that may seem to provide this, but the only real long-term solution is committing to your own emotional healing and growth process.
For the difficult issues involved in child and/or sexual abuse, professional therapy would be the safest and best course of action. Many self help options are available to help with less severe issues.
In today’s fast paced and quickly changing world, it’s not uncommon to experience some level of depression or anxiety on a consistent basis. Under these conditions, stress management skills are a necessity.
Focused relaxation training like neurofeedback, biofeedback and meditation can help you develop coping skills for depression and learn to diffuse stress before it can undermine you by building to unhealthy levels. Another easy way to reduce stress is through regular, enjoyable physical exercise.
Max Wardlow writes from experience about anxiety and depression. He also helps manage a website about natural remedies where you can find out more about natural depression support.