Nearly everyone in this world goes through times when they feel low but when these feelings become long lasting and start to interfere with everyday life, it becomes important for people to seek help. A person suffering from depression can feel sad, anxious, hopeless, guilty and even ashamed. Depression can hit anyone at any age, whether your from a poor background to whether your from a rich background.
The good news is that there are multiple humanistic ways in which one can treat depression.
Self Help Groups - This is a place where people going through similar experiences can come together and support each other. It can make the person feel apart of a group rather than feeling alone and is a valuable source of information.
Exercise and Fitness - It has been proven that exercise can help improve moods. It doesn't have to be a strenuous workout, it can be simply a 30 minute walk with a friend, but the impact it can have on the individual can be huge. it has the ability to lift a person's mood shortly after completely the workout.
Counselling - Talking to someone who is impartial and non judgemental can help in learning new ways in dealing and accepting your depression setting you of on a path of personal growth that you could lead you to places of great self awareness.
Self Help Books - Reading self help books can always guide you to enlightenment at your own pace. With so many on the shelves, you can pick through the ones you like and ones that you find most helpful.
Art - Art has always been seen as an expression. Painting, drawing or even writing how you feel can release emotions and by looking at what you have completed, it can bring fresh eyes to your thoughts and feelings.
There are many ways in which you can help yourself if you have depression. What works for someone else might not work for you. It's all about exploring what you find most useful. The answers won't come straight away but with perseverance and time they will come turning you a master in to managing your depression.