Depression Hack

Depression Hack

Today, I want to talk about something super important that can make a difference in your life - helping others. Yeah, I know, it sounds kind of cheesy and like something your grandma would say, but hear me out.

So why does helping others make such a big difference? Well for starters, it takes your focus off yourself and your problems. When you're feeling down, it is easy to get caught up in your negative thoughts and feelings, but when you're helping someone else, you are forced to shift your attention away from yourself and onto something positive. Plus, when you help others, you get a sense of purpose and meaning. It feels good to know that you're making a difference in someone else's life, even if it is just in a small way. And when you have a sense of purpose, it can help give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning and keep going - even when things feel tough.

Another positive to helping others is that it builds connections with other people. When you're volunteering or doing something to help others, you are often working with a team or with other people who are also passionate about the same cause. And when you are working together towards a common goal, it can help create a sense of camaraderie and belonging.

Now, I know what you're thinking ... "I'm a young guy. I don't want to do anything that sounds like it involves 'connections' and 'belonging'."  That's fair but think about it this way - when you're helping others, you are also building skills and experiences that can be useful in the future. You might learn how to communicate better, how to problem-solve, or how to work effectively in a team. And those skills can come in handy later in life, whether it's in your career or your relationships.

So, while helping others might not be a magic bullet for managing depression, it is a powerful tool to add to your toolkit. The great thing about helping others is that it doesn't have to be a big, time-consuming endeavor. Even small acts of kindness can make a difference - like holding the door open for someone or offering to help a neighbor with their groceries or mowing a neighbor's yard. Research has overwhelmingly revealed that helping others can have a positive impact on mental health. Studies show that people who engaged in more volunteering activities reported higher levels of happiness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction, as well as lower levels of depression and anxiety.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that if you are struggling with depression, it is important to seek professional help. Helping others can be a helpful tool, but other interventions may be necessary. Don't be afraid to reach out for support if you need it - there is no shame in asking for help.

When you make another person’s day a little brighter, the sun shines on you too.