Source: Momoh, Emmanuel Omeiza
The world is filled with several people who are battling with depression. It is as though there is no accurate statistics or record of individuals struggling with this mental disease. Human beings have different enemies that prevent them from reaching their goals and objectives as well as living a successful life. Some of these include: lack of vision, procrastination etc.
Now I guess you will be amazed as to why I have called depression an enemy. Believe me, depression if not properly taken care of can be an enemy preventing and inhibiting one from achieving and living a blissful and enviable life. At the end, it seems one’s life is in shambles and all a mess.
Now what is depression?
Depression is simply a mental state in which the mind experiences feelings of fear, worries, sadness or anger. In a nut shell, depression prevents one from enjoying life and visualising a happy and blissful future. On a general note, people experience depression at different times and in different ways. This is largely due to the fact that nature has designed and patterned everyone differently. Thus, while some people experience depression at work, others do at home. Notwithstanding, the destructive effects of this “enemy” is unimaginable as it most times breaks relationship ties, affects productivity and ultimately leads to death.
It is important to know that feeling down might be classified as a normal way of life and this is simply because unpleasant and sad events are experienced by all (rich, poor etc). However, when a feeling of hopelessness is involved and attached, then depression is around the corner which can in the long run lead suicide.
Life is both filled with dark and light periods, good and bad as well as the pleasant and unpleasant. Being able to adjust however to all this differentiates the strong and the weak and conversely, the successful from the unsuccessful.
Depression is caused by several factors which include:
1. Inability to let go of past feelings and events.
2. Engaging in unnecessary and incessant worrying.
3. Fear especially for the future.
4. Traumatic events and disappointing experiences such as death of a loved one, job loss, failures in business etc.
As you are aware that to every cause, there is always an effect, depression does have its own effects too. Many at times, it’s extent of damage is extremely colossal. In most cases, depression could cause:
1. Insomnia and weight loss.
2. Self harm.
3. Physical pain and emaciation.
4. Poor communication and inability to relate well with others.
5. Poor self worth which ultimately leads to suicide.
Having known the negative effects of this enemy, how then do we fight it? Knowing fully well that the earlier it is attacked, the better. Depression like a battle can be fought and won through:
1. Letting go of hurts and grievances.
2. Maintaining a positive towards people and life in general.
3. Practising the attitude of mindfulness and gratitude.
4. Driving on one’s rather which entails avoiding unhealthy comparisons with others.
Now, my challenge is this:
Would you rather rise up, gird yourself, fight and overcome this enemy or you would want it to make a mess of you? I bet you would want to make the best choice right? Then you can start now.