There are around 450 million people across the world suffering from mental conditions, and none is more common than depression. This debilitating conditions can cause significant damage to our wellbeing, relationships, and working life. If you’re noticing symptoms of depression – which include fatigue, irritability, a loss of drive, and low self-worth – then you don’t need to suffer in silence. There are some things you can do to help you cope with your condition without medication.

Get Outside More

Between our busy jobs and maintaining our home, we spend significantly more time indoors than our ancestors. It might not sound like much, but being outside boosts our happiness. It is our natural environment, after all. If you can combine being outside with some physical activity, you’ll be further increasing your happiness levels. When you’re low it can be difficult to tear yourself away from the comforts of your private space, but give it a shot, and you might just find out that it does you good.

Talk it Out

There used to be a stigma surrounding mental health conditions such as depression. Because of this perceived stigma, sufferers would stay silent because they were concerned how they would be perceived by the people they talked to. That’s no longer the case, and people with depression are encouraged to talk it out with someone they trust. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up to your friends or family, you can always find a psychiatrist with whom you can express your feelings. Keeping things bottled up inside is not the answer; talk it out and let it go.

Be Who You Want To Be

Many people fall into depression because their life isn’t going as they would like it to go. This usually happens because they’re not doing what they want to do, but instead do what they think will please their parents, friends, and society as a whole. It’s akin to living a lie. Happiness comes from being true to yourself. While it’s difficult to change your life quickly, you can begin to make the changes necessary for you to live a life that is more true to yourself. Ask yourself what you want from life and start working toward it. It’s not always an easy path to walk, but it is a worthwhile one.

Don’t Compare

If you were to only look at social media, you would think that everybody but you was living a perfect, fulfilling, flawless existence. This is not the case. Everyone on earth is dealing with problems, but why would they post that on Facebook? That’s for the good times. People may look at you and be envious about the life you have! Don’t compare yourself to others. No good comes from it.

Make a Dream

Hard times come, and hard times go. When you’re in the middle of your depression, it can be difficult to feel excited about things, but dream big and make a plan. It can be anything, so long as you know, it’s out there in the future for when you’re ready to do it.