Have you heard this before?
You feel beaten down, things might not be quite as you imagined or you may have just been through a breakup and are heartbroken. You are struggling a bit and don’t quite know how to get through it, and you hear people tell you that time will help—it will get better after a bit… And so it does.
It’s tough when you’re actually in the middle of it all, though, and it’s also not easy to see while you’re in the thick of things that it will get better. Later, when you look back at the situation, you may see that you somehow became stronger from the experience, and that you learned something from it. [···]
The news is full of stories about people who are struggling with life’s challenges. People are lonely and depressed.
Young adults are exhausted by the demands society places on them to excel: at school, in sports and with their looks.
From 2000 to 2011, sick leave among adults in Norway increased by 145% for mild mental disorders, and mental illness is the reason behind one-third of all disability pensions. Although the prevalence of mental disorders is relatively stable for adults, the trend is clearly on the increase among children and adolescents.
- The use of antidepressants has increased the most among adolescents aged 15-19 years, which is a disturbing trend.
- The most common ailments are anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders (Source: the Norwegian Institute of Public Health).
Changing your habits, lifestyles and thought patterns can’t be done in a flash. There are no quick solutions on the way to your goal.
You have to do the hard work, whether it comes to getting in better physical shape (building your fitness, running a marathon) or your mental health (improving your self-esteem, working with stress or motivation). [···]
The New Year brings new opportunities and a blank slate.
We’re now in that time of year when many people reflect on their lives and evaluate what they have accomplished.
Many people also set goals for the New Year.
These may be to:
- Begin something,
- Stop doing something,
- Do something even better,
- Do less of something, or
- Cut bad habits, become a better human being, etc.
Surveys show, however, that few people succeed in the long run with their New Year’s resolutions. [···]
Research shows that being grateful is good for your health, promotes well-being and increases happiness!
Several studies confirm that practicing gratefulness, such as by recording feelings of gratitude in a journal, provides health benefits. Feeling grateful effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
Practicing gratefulness and appreciation can:
- Make us happier and promote well-being
- Reduce depression
- Help us handle difficult times
- Help ensure we sleep better and therefore feel more refreshed
- Make us feel more useful and have greater likelihood of making progress once we have set personal goals
- Get us to focus on the positive and reduce negative feelings
It is not always easy to know if you are depressed or not.
Depression comes in various forms, ranging from mild to more severe. Depression is a common mental disorder – and one of the main causes of disability worldwide.
Globally, an estimated 350 million people are affected by depression.
Depression changes the way we think
It’s normal to be sad from time to time, but depression is more than feeling miserable. If your life seems dominated by emptiness and despair and these feelings do not go away, you may be depressed. Depression makes it difficult to function and enjoy life – just getting through the day can be overwhelming. [···]