It is not surprising that there is an increase in depression in the United States. With the state the economy is in and the different personal losses many may be experiencing with loss of jobs, the different natural disasters where there has been loss, the war, you name it. This kind of stress no doubt is a large part of the equation and why there is so much depression being spread around.

Remember that depression can be caused from different things such as :

  • Being hereditary
  • Past and present abuse
  • Illnesses
  • Chronic pain,
  • Medications
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Moving
  • Job loss

And much much more. All of these things are also considered stressors and it is important that we learn to deal with the stressful situations that we face on a daily basis. It is important to note that even if there is no chance that we can actually change the situation, that’s not what is important. What is important here is that we find a way in which we change the way we deal with the situations. If we learn to deal differently with the stressful situations we are going to be able to keep ourselves a lot healthier.

So the most important thing we can do is to figure out how to control our way of thinking. We need to be able to know how to control how we feel and this will in turn help us control how we react to those feeling. We need to be able to know how to act and not let ourselves re-act to stressful situations.

There are classes that a person can take or counseling a person can look for that will help them to alter the way that they perceive things in life. With a little research you can find a place that might be best for you and your issues. You might want to find somewhere you can go that you can receive support from people who are experiencing or have experienced the same thing.

If you don’t want something like that you can try and help yourself by doing a few things that might help to calm you down when times seem to be too tough to handle. Some of those things are:

  • Deep breathing. Take take out to take a few deep breaths. It does help. By breathing deeply, you and your body does not have the opportunity to re-act and the extra oxygen will help sooth you internally.
  • Take a walk or a jog. By doing this, you are helping your body to cope with the stress by producing adrenaline in a positive manner. It also will remove you from the situation that is causing the stress.
  • Pray or meditate. Praying or meditation has a way of altering the way you think and feel and is an extremely effective way to calm the entire body down. It not only removes you from the situation since both require an area where it should be calm and no distractions. It also is a way for you to get more in tune with yourself and your spiritual self.