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Living With Depression Insights Into Daily Life: How's It Like?
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  • Writer's pictureLily Bell

Living With Depression Insights Into Daily Life: How's It Like?

Updated: Apr 14

How you can be informed about living with a person with this kind of mental illness? We will discuss living with depression and a personal insight into a depressive daily life.

Disclosure: I am not a healthcare professional. This is just an article I researched and wrote, together with personal experience. This is in no way intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your physician for that.

Living with depression can be challenging, especially when you are new to the illness or would be a caretaker to a person who has mental health needs. Given you are not prepared for what's to come.

woman in deep depression looking absent minded with hoodie hand touching chin

Depression is like any other kind of physical illness. According to Forbes Health, 21 million adults in the United States, or 8.4%, have experienced a major depressive episode in 2024. And we are just at the beginning of the year. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 8.3% of all U.S. adults have experienced at least one major depressive episode.

With that said gaining insights into daily life experiences from others can provide valuable understanding and support. But do not neglect to seek professional help when you need it the most.

Coping With Negative Emotions

For some of us who have been living for more than four decades and so on, we are well aware of our experiences in consciousness. Together with limitations, traumas, and negative emotions are some but not limited to making up our lives to be jaded by these negative experiences.

Well, to be honest, we can't be remorseful of this because sometimes we are incapable of doing just the opposite. Do not blame yourself either.

These days we are pressed because of stress and damaging events and circumstances. It is unavoidable.

Whether feeling guilty, shame, or feelings of unworthiness shifting focus to daily activities and having a strategy for recognizing and coping with these emotions can build us up for self-worth and self-compassion.

Hence, we plan a strategy for recognizing and coping with these emotions that can save us from heartache and burden for the people who give us support. While this is doable, know you are not alone.

Relationship and Support

In making our lives easier and alleviated from the crutches of depression we tend to resort to help. And that is the likely advice some people take.

Perhaps we have close relatives and friends who can give us the bridge to seek professional help.

The role of someone in your life perhaps if you feel comfortable with that person will give you support while managing depression. And strike a balance with your relationship and the dynamics of giving and receiving support in maintaining healthy relationships. With whom you can trust.

In this topic of support, forgiveness whether with oneself or towards others is paramount to your healing. Forgiveness can make you have a clean conscience. And in it understanding the importance of forgiveness in the journey of depression recovery can subtly if not fully mend you and your strained relationship with others.

Emotions and Challenges Living With Depression Insights Into Daily Life

We feel heartache when we are discouraged, our feelings have been hurt, and when we feel empathy towards others.

It is an innate need and only so important in human nature as feeling for others and feeling for ourselves. Coping with the added emotional burden of heartbreak while navigating depression gives us the capability to asses what has been bothering us and what makes us feel uncomfortable within the confines of feeling the heartache.

Maybe from other's negativity done to you, or the surge of feelings of infiltrating away the negative racing thoughts of inadequacy, and unworthiness, and asking yourself, "What can I do more?" When you have already done yourself enough to your limit. And when that happens trying to get rid of negative emotions immediately like you don't want to deal with it at all.

It is understandable, and our feelings are valid for we are very aware of what makes us triggered.

From personal experience what helps me is to pray by pouring out my heartache, and making myself busy. I know I will say this all the time. You are probably tired of hearing this, but be PRODUCTIVE!

From what I gleaned from feelings like this "heartache", it is not good to blame others and also let go of validation-seeking behavior.

This is not easy to do because when we are already battling triggers and sometimes that is all that can accumulate in our thinking whether for now or extended periods. We would not know what to do.

We would not know how to let go of steam, who to vent it with, and all the more so how to vent our heartache and frustrations without the paranoia symptom of: Is this person going to betray me and tell others? Or the thought of what if I make the situation worse by venting causing and forfeiting my responsibility of not dividing friends. I know I feel this way all the time when triggered.

Or if you finally found someone to vent it with and you have the feeling of remorse afterward if that person thinks is she just a punching bag? Or judge you as being negative inwardly (even though she or he did not say it audibly) because no human can stand a negative person.

I have always been passive and hurting at the same time (do we feel alike?), in all cases. And I am still standing today. A testament to my resilient method of productivity.

True when I get triggered I sulk into deep depression. It is not easy when someone gives me blatant audible verbal hints that they dislike or disdain me and my presence, or judge my whole being with a magnifying glass of scrutiny. It affects me. Who wouldn't be?

But I think of it this way, I affirm myself that I am not a doormat, and think of what can happen to that person because there's bound to be a return to them of what they put out a trashy attitude.

Do not keep going back to them and buddy up. If they hurt you, that's a sign that they don't and will not get along with others too.

a photo of a woman not getting along with friends at a party.

You know for sure where you stand. You are lovable and precious just like the others who are seeing your struggle. You don't need validation, unlike the mean friend you encounter.

So have patience despite this turmoil going through your heart and mind. And just let it go. And spare yourself. Mingle with people who value your friendship.

There's got to be one out there waiting for you. Do not lose hope!


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Daily Coping Strategies

When we hear this quote:

There's no point crying over spilled milk.

Or along those lines of the way we handle mishaps and alleviate epic fails. We can be sure of getting that chance to move on.

Understanding the concept of indifference and its role in coping with depression. We can capture embracing the mindset of acceptance and detachment from failure immediately. No sulking! Just be ready not to make the same mistake again.

While for some matters, conscientiously it borders letting go and attachment especially if people are involved. But if there's nothing that can be done possibly to a certain degree and you feel trapped.

When in doubt, deal without.

You might be feeling differently but mutually you can let go. People sometimes understand your place in a particular circumstance. Sometimes you can take the bullet once in a while but if the feeling of shame persists and you are not living like a human anymore because you are so distressed by what others may think, it is time to let go of the past by moving on.

Cultivating a sense of optimism and hopefulness despite the challenges of depression in starting each day with a positive outlook and resilience and forgetting past tragedies.

Inner Peace and Self-Care

Getting out of depression is a needed help for mental health. Who wouldn't want that?

Strategies for finding inner peace and tranquility amidst the turmoil of depression are within your reach. Practicing mindfulness and self-compassion when triggered can be done as long as you make it a reason of willingness to seek well-being and care.

We are all a work in progress. Deal with yourself patiently can have rewards and a calm self when the situation arises that you are triggered.

When you are hurting it is not easy to avoid situations in the future that may trigger or exacerbate depressive symptoms. Creating a supportive environment conducive to mental well-being can greatly affect how you look at yourself. And ease the pain of what to do right there and then when you need support the most.

Social Dynamics and Communication

As the saying goes, (I am guilty of doing the opposite myself):

Think before you speak.

Minding the way we navigate social interactions with sensitivity to others' feelings and emotions can pave the way for us to be encouraging and upbuilding.

And in turn, make our dealings with others a breath of fresh air and soothing to the soul. Giving us a good reputation. Extending kind mannerisms to others doesn't hurt.

For the person who extends to help or is asked to help, avoiding unintentional harm while communicating openly about depression with mental health persons whether a relative or a friend shows you are a reliable person and a blessing to have. You are a rare gem!

Offering support and understanding to friends without engaging in gossip or negativity is not an easy task where a slip out of the tongue when asked about events in life generally can sidetrack to mention about other's affairs.

Keeping yourself in check can not do more damage than what is already been done in the current situation because you are loyal to the one you are protecting, as a friend, relative, or closer in a relationship.

Personal Growth and Development

Making use of your progression towards healing by focusing on personal growth and character development amidst the struggles of depression makes you cultivate qualities of kindness, empathy, and resilience. It is not an easy task but keep thinking of the benefits. You might be aware of someone who is struggling like you. You don't feel alone.

Embracing a selfless disposition and finding fulfillment in helping others, contributing positively to the well-being of those around you.

A lady smiling free of depression with bright future.

Living with depression offers true insights into daily mental health battles and life experiences. From managing negative emotions to fostering personal growth and meaningful connections, by understanding and implementing coping strategies, seeking support, and prioritizing self-care, individuals can navigate the challenges of depression with resilience and hope.

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