Depression drains hope and energy, making it difficult to do your daily duties and sometimes even to get up of your bed. Though overcoming depression is not easy or quick, it is completely possible. You start with aiming to feel better and build from there by making positive choices every day.
When you are depressed, just thinking about things you should do can be exhausting, but you can focus on one thing at a time, and remember that even the small steps can get you there. Depression may prevent you from getting help, but loneliness and isolation make depression worse, so you need to maintain social relationships and outdoor activities.
Most of the time, depressed people feel too exhausted to talk to family members and close friends; they may also feel ashamed or guilty for neglecting them. You need to remind yourself that reaching out for help does not mean you are weak or a burden to others.
Your loved ones or the people you trust and love can help you significantly just by being good listeners. Do not choose the easy way retreating to your shell because being around people can make you feel less depressed.
Keep in touch with your friends by calling or emailing and even better by taking a walk with them or getting out together for lunch or dinner. Join a club and meet new people, since it is never too late to make new friends and improve your social life.
Do not give in to the negative thoughts put by depression; you need to replace this pessimistic thinking with positive thoughts. Stop being hard on yourself when you fail in anything; you can always try till you succeed and you will. Try to be around positive people, who always look for the bright side, because positive attitude can be contagious.