When you experience chronic low mood and low energy, you know what a challenge it can be to get through a typical day. You might feel despondent and not interested in engaging with your loved ones or friends. You might simply want to lie in bed all day and avoid going out in public.
However, you can also get treatment for these symptoms and improve your mood. Your first step to recovering can involve undergoing continued depression therapy with a professional mental healthcare provider.
Voicing Your Emotions
Your inability to voice your emotions may contribute to your depression. You might keep your anger, sadness, disgust and other negative emotions bottled up inside of you and not vent them to others. These pent-up emotions can take a detrimental toll on your mental health.
When you undergo depression therapy, however, you can give a voice to your emotions. You can vent to a licensed therapist or psychiatrist and talk about what angers, disgusts, saddens, or otherwise takes a toll on you. You can express these emotions and relieve the stress, fear, and anger you experience that can contribute to your low mood and energy.
Learning Coping Mechanisms
Along with allowing you to vent your emotions, your mental healthcare provider may also teach you coping mechanisms to help you manage your symptoms. For example, you may learn to keep a journal every day to write down your thoughts and emotions. Keeping a journal can help you maintain an objective view of what is going on in your life and prevent you from catastrophizing negative thoughts and events.
You also may learn to meditate, listen to music, or use paced breathing to manage your depression. These coping mechanisms can improve your mood, let you control your emotions, and prevent you from spiraling into a days' long depressive episode.
Finally, your depression therapy may involve teaching you to recognize the positives in your life. Your therapist may ask you to write down or talk about things in your life. Recognizing things to be grateful for can help you feel better about your life and prevent you from feeling depressed and despondent.
Depression therapy may help you manage or overcome depressive episodes and low mood and energy. You may vent your emotions and give voice to your anger, frustration, disgust, and other negative emotions. You may also learn coping mechanisms to manage your mental health and recognize things in your life for which to be grateful.
Reach out to a depression therapy service provider to learn more.