8 Ways to Help a Depressed Friend

8 Ways to Help a Depressed Friend

8 ways to help a depressed friend

Depression is a disease. Mental health professionals, such as the ones from Psychologists Southern Sydney,would agree thatsuch mental illnesses are not entirely different from physical ones. Still, a lot of people have trouble accepting them as medically legitimate conditions because they cannot be seen as clearly as a broken bone on an x-ray.

Acknowledging the existence of depression is the first step to helping people who may be suffering from it.

From there, you can try any of the following ways to help a depressed friend:

 

  1. Educate yourself

 It’s not enough to acknowledge that depression is a mental illness. If you truly want to reach out to a friend who’s depressed, you have to research on relevant topics like:

  • The implications of being depressed
  • The causes and effects of depression
  • How depression can be disguised

By reading up on such topics, you’d have a better understanding of what your friend is going through, which should consequently make you more emphatic and patient towards him.

 

  1. Take the first step

People who have depression are used to keeping their problemsto themselves because they don’t want to be a burden for other people. Because of this, you should be willing to be the first one to reach out. Even a simple “how are you doing?” could establish more open communication lines, which could make it easier for your friend to get the help that he needs.

 

  1. Listen to him

 If a friend is opening up to you about being depressed, just listen. Don’t feel like you need to talk whenever there are moments of silence. The fact that you’re listening to and attempting to understand what he’s going through already means a lot to him.

Additionally, while you’re listening to a friend with depression, try to withhold judgment. Sometimes, your biased views and feelings on a subject can invalidate your friend’s, further reinforcing the idea in his head that there’s something fundamentally wrong with him.

 

  1. Be there for him

 If there are no more words to be said by either you or your depressed friend, sometimes just being there for him is enough. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to physically be there for your friend to make him feel like you care.

For instance, you could send him a message reminding him that you’re just a phone call away whenever he wants to take a load off of his chest. If the situation permits, you could even tag him on a funny post on Facebook. The important thing is that he knows that he’s always on your mind.

 

  1. Never give unsolicited advice

 “Exercise more. Try to go out this Saturday and socialize. Don’t think about your problems too much.” These are perhaps the least desirable pieces of advice that someone with depression can hear from a friend.

Now, don’t misunderstand. Surely, you mean well; you probably got those tips from a reliable source and are anxious to see whether they’d help your friend or not. However, what you may not realize is that your friend has also heard about those tips – and have tried them repeatedly, but to no avail. It’s also possible that they want to try those tips out but still lack the strength to do so.

For these reasons, it’s imperative that you only give advice to your friend if he specifically asks you to, especially if it’s about his condition. If you’re not sure what to say, the safest thing to do is to listen.

 

  1. Let them know about other forms of help

No matter how much you give to your friend with depression, the fact is that you don’t have all the solutions. Remember this so that you can let your friend know about other forms of help, such as:

  • Support groups
  • Professional counseling
  • Medicine (if necessary)

 

  1. Be ready to respond to emergencies

 While not all depressed people are suicidal, it’s best to prepare yourself for emergencies involving your friend attempting to harm himself. As with all emergencies, it’s important to stay calm and focused should such a situation arise.

 

  1. Care for yourself

 Don’t forget to take good care of yourself while you’re helping a friend cope with depression. It’s a highly taxing thing to do, so you need to regularly check with yourself to ensure that you aren’t exhausting your mental and emotional capacities too much. Remember that you can’t be there for your friend if you can’t look out for yourself first.

8 ways to help a depressed friend

Depression is great at hiding behind laughter and sulking underneath one’s constant smiles. Someone who has depression is often skilled at not letting people notice it, which is why you should pay close attention to a friend who was diagnosed with this mental illness. You can be of help to him by listening to his concerns, validating his feelings, and letting him know that other forms of help are available.

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6 Healthy Snacks When You’re Always on the Go

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Preparing breakfast can be quite a challenging part of the day for most people with a busy lifestyle. Yet the fact remains that most people don’t want to depend on fast foods and compromise their health with such foods that are known to be unhealthy and less nutritious. However, there are actually easy-to-prepare and readily available snacks for everyone who has specific needs for food and who are always on the go.

 

Here are some of the healthy snacks you can buy or prepare for yourself in a very short time:

 

  1. Granola

 

Granola is made out of oats, sweeteners such as sugar and honey, and nuts. Oats are cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, low in sodium, and a good source of fiber. Nuts, in general, are good sources of fat, fiber, and protein. Almonds, for example, contains 6 grams protein and carbs and 3.5 grams fiber. It’s also a source of vitamin E and magnesium.

 

This treat is an ideal breakfast when you run out of time to prepare it. Moreover, granola is a healthy substitute for snacks like junk food. Therefore, always keep one in your bag so you can munch on it even when you’re at the bus. And if you ran out of it, order online at sites such as SnackNation.

 

  1. Trail Mix

 

A combination of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, and grains is commonly called a trail mix. Today, numerous food manufacturers have successfully put this healthy snack in a package. However, one should be careful when buying one because there are also trail mix brands that are said to be unhealthy.  With that said, making your own version of trail mix in your home is the best way to ensure its quality, such as not raisins when you’re allergic to it. To avoid consuming time in preparing it, do it during your rest days and make a bunch of it so you can have a week’s stock.

 

  1. Cereals and Cereal Bars

 

When you long for a heavy-carb and fiber-rich breakfast, cereal is one of the best choices. Hot cereals contain about 3 grams of fiber per serving, whereas whole-grain cereal bars may contain 3 grams to 9 grams of fiber. Also, a cup of breakfast cereal can already provide you with about 307 calories. The easy preparation can help you save time while giving you enough energy to start your day.

 

  1. Fruits and Vegetables

 

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that are abundantly available when eaten fresh. There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that blend well with other food items readily available in your kitchen. Some vegetables need not be cooked to be eaten. For instance, carrots, celery, and peanut butter are the right combination of healthy snack that you can quickly prepare, pack, and take with you.

 

You may also try yogurt topped with berries, which are known to contain antioxidants and vitamins. A pack of fruits and vegetables with a healthy dip offered by grocery or convenience stores is also the right choice when running out of time or stock in your kitchen. Some fruits don’t necessarily to be in a fridge yet you can still take it at its best state; examples of these are apples, bananas, and oranges.

 

  1. Whole-Grain Bread and Tuna

 

If you want a great combination of high-fiber and protein snack without any much preparation, this is the best to try. Whole grains are one of the best sources of fiber that a slice of whole-grain bread can contain 2 grams to 4 grams of fiber. A cup of tuna contains about 39 grams of protein, aside from being a source of B vitamins, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your health. This kind of snack is so easy to make, and you can eat it even when you’re walking or traveling.

 

  1. Energy Bars

 

Get the energy you need to keep you on the go with energy bars – a mixture of cereals and other high-energy foods and formed into bars of nutrition. An energy bar contains about 140 calories and is widely available in a packed form with lots of brands to choose from. Some energy bars are made with no added sugar in it, and some are merely made with egg whites, three types of nuts, two dates, and natural flavoring. This kind of snack is ideal if you don’t want to include much sugar on your diet.

 

Conclusion

 

It’s interesting to know that there are numerous ways to recreate the image of healthy foods into various forms of tasty yet nutritious food even for busy people. Knowing the kind of snack you need to consume and its health benefits is necessary to keep you in good shape, and being busy is not an excuse to not prioritize your food. As there can be food combos that may not be suitable for your current health condition or might be contradicting with your diet plans, it’s vital to check its ingredients.

 

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Dear Woman

Dear Woman

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Dear Woman,

Sometimes you’ll just be too much woman.

Too smart.

Too beautiful.

Too strong.

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Too much of something that makes a man feel like less of a man,

Which will start making you feel like you have to be less of a woman.

The biggest mistake you can make is removing jewels from your crown

To make it easier for a man to carry.

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When this happens, I need you to understand

You do not need a smaller crown –

You need a man with bigger hands.

– Michael E. Reid 

Who is a Goddess?

Who is a Goddess?

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A Goddess is a woman who is in the process of learning to know, accept and love herself on all levels; Mind, body and spirit.

A Goddess is a woman who, because she focuses on personal growth and self awareness, experiences a life; increasingly filled with peace, love, joy, passion and fun.

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A Goddess is a woman that understands that she has unlimited capacity to make her life anything she wants.

A Goddess is a woman who is inspired to give to those around her because of her sense of gratitude and abundance.

 

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Live a life that matters

Live a Life that Matters

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“Ready or not, it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasures or baubles, will pass to someone else…
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion or sacrifice
That ennobled, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character. 
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
But how many people will feel a lasting loss when you are gone…
It won’t matter where you came from, or on which side of the tracks you lived at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant;
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

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So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your memories, 
But the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
By whom, and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident;
It is not a matter of circumstances, but of choice.”

– Michael Josephson

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