Communal support and relations are an essential part of stress management because they have such a positive effect on minimizing the sequence of depression. As we become stressed, we require other people for contact, communication, and social buttress. It’s much easier to survive stress tribulation when we find someone to share it with or some troupe to draw sympathy from. Unless depression is grave and caused by deep emotional problems, certain minimizing strategies can be used to reverse or lessen depression syndrome.
Below are coping methods that can easily quash stress-related depression:
1. Boost social relations and interactions with friends and family. Even if you have to coerce yourself to do so, launch an effort to broaden your circle of friends. Insist to see them on a regular basis. Stress and depression diminish as interactions increase.
2. Expand communication between yourself and others. This is particularly true of verbal interaction between a husband and wife or between a parent and child. Communication opens doors and nurtures relationship. Stress is much easier to handle when it’s communicated than when it’s left to rankle inside of us. Whenever problems arise that create tense and stressful situations, articulate your feelings in a constructive and positive way. Here are some tips on how to do that: Don’t dwell on negative things. Don’t be self-critical. Make it a “mutual”, win-win dialogue.
3. Craft letters. Letter writing can be a pragmatic method of expression if verbal dialogue is difficult at first. Writing feelings down paper makes them easier to discuss because
they’re physically in front of you. Learn to be a first-rate listener. Listening is tremendously important in exemplary communication because it shows that you’re attracted to what the other person is saying. While listening, make eye contact since eye contact indicates that you’re paying attention and that you’re concerned. Don’t respond or talk too quickly. Always give the other person a chance to finish what he or she is saying. A mutual dialogue, not a lecture, is the most rewarding way to communicate.
4. Shun nonpertinent issues. Don’t bring up any precedent grievances or issues you’ve had even if they deal indirectly with the present discussion. If you know that certain issues elicits anger and animosity, don’t bring them up deliberately or in a negative way. Focus on the underlying issue that’s causing the problem. Talk about one thing at a time. Keeping to one topic averts other issues from muddling the picture and making communication thorny.