Before you start reading, I would like to clarify that this is not another article on what is depression or how dangerous it is or what are its symptoms and what to do to get out of it.
This article is about how not to fall into the deadly pit of depression in the first place. Since digging a well when there’s a fire won’t help if you hadn’t taken basic precautionary measures beforehand. After all, prevention is better than cure.

Depression is no more a luxury that only a few people can afford to get. It’s now become a common man’s word. How easy it is for all of us to say,”I’m depressed dude” even when we are only a bit down.

I’m at the most crowded spot of the town, suicide point
This fact makes me disappoint.
Standing here at this highpoint,
Wanting to know each one’s viewpoint.
The first person to attempt suicide was a small kid,
Beneath his innocent heart were scars hid.
His tears flowing rapid,
His parents didn’t have time for him was how his story undid.
“I’m depressed, I want to die “.

Depression is not only a mental phenomenon. It even affects your physical health.

One of the best ways to prevent depression? Exercise.

“Exercise appears to be an antidepressant in its own right and may act like an antidote to stress,” says Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Yale University and director of the Yale Depression Research Program, in New Haven, Conn.

The mind and body connection plays a role in depression. Diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to maintaining mental and physical well-being.

“A low-fat diet can be helpful for mood. And avoiding alcohol and minimizing caffeine use is also helpful,” says Dr Marusak.

A Mediterranean style diet, rich in veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains is linked to a lower risk of developing depression, according to a 2009 study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Get Enough Sleep to Maintain Energy.

So the first step is to eat healthily, stay healthy and most importantly, continue being healthy.

The next one was a teenager dejected,
By his classmates and friends rejected.
With pressure from family and peers he was injected,
On his discolored face it clearly reflected.
“I’m depressed, I want to die”

After physical health comes to your emotional health.

Grow Your Circle of Friends to Expand Your Support System.

Everyone needs someone to vent out at a point in life. You may be too self-centred or introverted or shy or egoistic, but knowing that someone is listening to you is the most assuring thing.

Have that one personal human diary in your life that listens to you, understands you without judging and stays with you to help you. (My human diary, I know you are reading this and I want to thank you!)

Next in line was a lady,
Insecurities about her life were a complaint daily.
With under confidence, Looking gravely
No signs of positivity even vaguely.
“I’m depressed, I want to die”.

Develop a Passion by Investing Time in a New Hobby.

Everyone should have at least one hobby that they should nurture whenever possible. It could be anything like dancing, music, arts & crafts, reading, writing etc. even a small amount of time spent doing it will give you tremendous satisfaction and peace. When I felt that I would soon get depressed due to my boredom and lonely feeling, I picked up a book. Yes, books are known as a man’s best friend for a reason.

Then walking up is a middle aged man
Climbing out from his new sedan.
Tensions of job, marriage and money was how his life ran
Suicide was his only safe, fool proof plan.
“I’m depressed, I want to die”.

Meditate or Practice Yoga to Relieve Stress.

These types of activities are effective for stress management. Meditation is a focused form of guided thought. Other stress-reducing techniques include deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. If you’re unsure of how to get started, take a class and learn how to practice on your own for 30 minutes or YouTube is always an option.

Read if you believe in god or not since spirituality is different from religion. Google it out surely to find out more.

There are many other things you could do to improve your emotional health:

Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

To my surprise I see an old couple,
Walking together even in the time of trouble .
Their lonely life a real struggle ,
Their problems looking clear as a bubble.
“We’re depressed. we want to die.”

Finally comes, mental health.

Start looking at the positives. I personally am a really negative person who looks at anything and everything in a negative way the first instance. But I now know what wonders merely having a positive attitude can do. Don’t underestimate the power of your mind.

Being mindful is another interesting thing you should try. It does not mean being physically present but being present in the present. No thoughts of past or future. Just focus on now and here.

Learn more about mental health:

To everyone I say only one thing,
Depression is a ten letter word and so is positive thinking.
There are hopes of being saved even when sinking,
You require a calm and wise thinking.

I hope you are now all set to live a depression free life with your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health as your shield.

Your life is precious, not worth so easily ending,
needs a bit of carefully mending.
Your problems will then start descending,
No harm in trying .