Feel It Coming On? 3 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Next Depressive Episode

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If you suffer from depression, you're going to experience highs and lows. That's normal. Unfortunately, it's also normal to feel completely out of control when the lows arrive. Luckily, there are ways that you can prepare for those lows, so that you know what to do when the relapses happen. Here are three steps you can take to get prepared for the next relapse into depression.

Identify Your Triggers

When you suffer from depression, there are certain triggers that will send you into a relapse. You can help prepare for your next relapse by identifying those triggers and separating them into lists of those that you have control over and those that you don't. By separating your triggers into workable lists, you can determine how to prepare.

Some triggers that you can control would be things like lack of sleep or lack of exercise. If you know that a lack of sleep triggers bouts of depression, try to ensure that you get enough sleep each night. Some triggers that you might not have control over include problems at work or family struggles.

Plan Ahead

Depression is an illness that affects everyone around you, including family and friends. It can be difficult for your family and friends to help when they don't know what they can do. That's where a plan comes in. An advance plan is particularly important if you feel that you won't be able to deal with a severe relapse on your own. Your plan should include information about the medication you presently take and the doctors you're seeing for your condition.

In addition, your plan should also contain limits that you want set regarding family intervention. For instance, when do you want your family to step in? How much help do you want to receive? When should your doctor be notified if your relapse becomes severe? Having a plan in motion will help you and your family prepare for your next relapse.

Write Your Feelings Down

Depression can cause your emotions to dip for what may appear to be no reason at all. That's why it's so important that you keep a journal. The journal will allow you to document how you feel at any given moment. Through journaling, you may be able to identify triggers that you weren't aware of or find ways to control the outcome when triggers do come your way. Your journal can also help you deal with emotions that you're not ready to share with anyone yet.

If you suffer from depression, it can be difficult to determine when you're going to have a relapse. Unfortunately, that can make it difficult for you to make plans. Use the tips provided here to help you get a handle on your depression so you can be prepared when the next relapse occurs. If you feel your symptoms getting worse, be sure to speak to a local counselor like those found at The Genen Group as soon as possible. 


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