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Depression can be caused by a lot of factors, including financial problems, family concerns, substance abuse and addiction, or simply not realizing one’s self worth.

When one suffers from depression, one would most likely be feeling emotions in the line of unexplained and prolonged feelings of sadness and sorrow. Similarly, those feelings of extreme exhaustion, worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness are also expected to be present. With these, it is quite easy for the person to conclude that it is better to give up than to deal with life. A person would also feel that it is better to end everything than to look for solutions.

It is, therefore, important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and are typically characteristic of the scenarios playing in the consciousness of the person and are, in fact, so far from the real and actual circumstances in the real world. But don’t fear, this negative thinking would surely fade as treatment of the condition in sober living homes progresses but for the time being, as a presently depressed person, there are things you can do to help yourself.

  1. Set realistic goals for yourself and assume responsibility. Take action and be accountable. Try not to attack problems or concerns head-on and in macro-perspective, try to deal with them in their little parts by breaking them down into small pieces and do only what you can manage in a particular time.
  1. Don’t overwork or overstrain yourself. Maintain a healthy pace and be sure to always check on your emotions while solving problems or accomplishing.
  1. Be open to others and be honest. Avoid being too secretive, reticent, and restrictive. You have to keep in mind that you will not be able to get through this without help and alone.
  1. Try to be immersed with different activities that, as you observed, made you feel a lot better. Focus on them and try to spend more time in such activities than in others, but remember to take the time to understand why that activity is making you happier than other activities. In this way you will understand your emotions more and in the same way you will avoid making it a temporary crutch or cure.
  1. Allow yourself moderate exercise and participation in other social events would also be advisable.

All these and other activities are being observed in sober living homes to help depressed individuals fight off their condition. For more information, visit www.homesofpromise.org/sober-living.

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