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How To Overcome Suicide

1 SLOW YOUR BREATHING
Slowing your breathing helps slow your heart rate and supplies more oxygen to your brain, while also shifting your attention away from whatever thoughts you’re having.

Take a few deep inhales and exhales to regain control of your breath – four seconds in, hold for four, four seconds out, hold for four, repeat.

2 REMOVE YOURSELF FROM DANGER OR (IF SAFE) STAY WHERE YOU ARE
Thoughts of suicide can hit hardest when you’re in a potentially dangerous area or situation (waiting for a skytrain, driving, standing on a balcony, or near guns, weapons, or other potentially harmful objects).

When this happens, physically move or back away from the area or situation in order to minimize the potential of acting on suicidal thoughts.

3 RE-FOCUS
There are different ways to do this and some may work better than others for you. Work toward distancing yourself (i.e., shifting attention away) from the negative thoughts of hurting yourself

4 REMIND YOURSELF OF RECOVERY
Part of recovering from depression is learning to overcome these types of thoughts and feelings without getting further down on yourself for having them.

Remind yourself that recovery is possible. Many men have had similar thoughts and feelings about suicide, and survived – even men who have tried to take their lives multiple times have been able to recover.

How To Overcome Depression

1 Meet yourself where you are
The key to self-treatment for depression is to be open, accepting, and loving toward yourself and what you’re going through

2 If you need to wallow, wallow — but do so constructively
Suppressing your feelings and emotions may seem like a strategic way to cope with the negative symptoms of depression. But this technique is ultimately unhealthy

3 Do the opposite of what the ‘depression voice’ suggests
The negative, irrational voice in your head may talk you out of self-help. However, if you can learn to recognize it, you can learn to replace it. Use logic as a weapon. Address each thought individually as it occurs.

Story by:

Ndou Gundo

Instagram: @gundo_sa

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