Depression is at the very centre for anyone with a mental health condition and can really take a strangle hold over their ability to get through their day-to-day activities. In the case of Asperger Syndrome, the predicament is usually the result of sensory issues or anything related to human interaction. It can be incredibly tough for people who have very limited understanding about the social construct of life which in turn will likely make them feel low and deflated.
It’s important for anyone with Asperger Syndrome to combat depression head on and work out some strategies than can help ease any pain or frustration. You must never let any depressive state consume you and dictate the way you think and act within your life. There are a number of ways in which anyone can begin to dismantle depression and start to think with more clarity and precision. Here, I have listed some of the most effective and simple methods of ridding depression and getting your life back on track.
Sitting around and mulling over your depressive state is not going to change the way you think. Its vitally important to flex your muscles and start to burn away any negative energy in the form of exercise. Even if you can only manage very short stints, you are certain to alleviate any anxious thoughts by simply channelling your focus into some form of physical activity.
Exercise will keep your blood levels healthy, strengthen your bones and keep you at a suitable weight. Your body is something you have control over and should be enhanced with any possible opportunity. You will also find that breaking up each day with periods of exercise will also help create a sense of routine and increase your well-being.
Effective forms of exercise:
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Its far too easy to turn to unhealthy food and drink when you are feeling low, since such commodities are likely to provide a very quick and positive buzz. Although its tempting to indulge into some chocolate or consume a bottle of wine, the after effects are going to increase the negative implications of being in a depressive state.
In the case of alcohol and caffeine, you will experience an instant surge in uplift that will very soon turn into an increase in fatigue. One of the worst things for depression is feeling tired, which means being calculated and measured with what you consume is of paramount importance. Drink plenty of water and make sure you are eating a suitable amount of fruit and vegetables each day, otherwise you are going to enter a dietary merry-go-round with your body.
Best food for energy:
- Sweet Potatoes
You need to feel as if you have a purpose in life and the very best way to achieve this is to create some form of routine for each day. If you are currently out of work or education, you need to ensure you are constructive with your time and look for activities that could improve you as a person or increase the likelihood of gaining future employment or academic opportunities.
If you are incredibly low and cannot function properly, you still need to work out ways of breaking down each day constructively. You need to rest your brain as it starts to mend the cracks that come from depression. Some of the simplest activities could be going for a walk or baking.
Seek Advice and Support
If you are in the unfortunate position of feeling so low that you feel almost paralysed within your own body, you will need to seek out professional advice and support immediately. Unfortunately, there is very limited amount of aid given for people with Asperger Syndrome, however you can always contact your local GP and seek out prescribed medication to ease your problems.
Sometimes just talking to someone about your problems can help you immensely. There is no way for anyone to truly understand the nature of your issues unless you are open about how they are affecting you as a person. Finding a network of people who are like minded and non-judgemental could give you a solid platform in which to discuss and ultimately discover new ways of dealing with depression from other individuals
Don’t be Hard on Yourself
It’s very easy for anyone with depression to feel incredibly worthless and almost guilty about things that don’t even exist. These feelings are common for depressive states and you should never feel angry with yourself or that you are letting people down.
People are always there to support you and it’s important to remember that they only want to see you rid your problems and take control over your life again. It’s important to take on board what other people are saying and to not shut yourself away from individuals who care deeply.
Depression is something that has hugely impacted me throughout my life and caused me a lot of pain as a person. Feel free to share your stories below and any advice that could help anyone going through a rough patch.