The time has come. You are ready to start feeling better about life and having a better attitude. Get started now! Don’t be afraid, it is not as hard as you might think. Here is some advice to help battle depression.
Become more physically active. A healthy body is a necessity for a healthy mind. In addition to the obvious health benefits, exercising releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It is these chemicals that give rise to the term “runner’s high”. It is a natural high, one that is safe and even healthy to become addicted to!
Just as you shouldn’t be afraid to tell someone that you are suffering from clinical depression you also shouldn’t feel obligated to tell everyone. If you are in a professional environment or any situation where you feel that others may not understand the severity of your situation, feel free to keep quiet.
In your battle against depression, challenge your negative thoughts. One of the by-products of depression is putting a negative spin on how you see yourself, your future, and situations that you encounter. If you are like many people who suffer from depression, you are a perfectionist and hold yourself to standards that are impossibly high. Permit yourself to be less than perfect and quit beating yourself up if you don’t meet impossible standards you have set for yourself. Negative thoughts will cause depression to become an endless cycle.
If you are a parent, and you start to feel a bout of depression coming on try to find a way for your children to not be around you. If they are older, you can leave them home alone, but if they are younger children, you should have a close friend on standby to watch them.
Keeping a personal journal can be a very effective method of trying to cope with your depression. A daily journal gives you a safe place to vent your frustrations and explore your feelings, safe from prying eyes and unwanted questions. As you reflect back on your journal over time, you can chart your progress, track your status emotionally and pick up patterns of behavior or possible triggers for problem issues.
Laughter really is the best medicine. Research shows that even a smile can raise serotonin levels, the same effect that many antidepressants give. Instead of wallowing in your sadness with depressing music and tear-jerking tragedies, break out the stand-up albums or put on a silly comedy. Even if you don’t feel like it when it starts, you will find yourself smiling and laughing despite yourself by the end!
Acknowledging to yourself that your depression needs to be managed is a positive step. To avoid the temptation of sleeping in late or staying in bed throughout the day, purposely schedule appointments before noon to get you up and ready for the day. Always try to schedule your appointments early. Waiting until you wake up to decide your schedule, may put you at a disadvantage to taking charge of how you spend your day and you may be tempted to remain in bed because of the depression.
If you have begun taking medication for depression, do not be alarmed if you do not feel better right away. In fact, you may even feel worse when your medication does not work because you are nervous. Most anti-depressants take at least three weeks to settle into your system and help your symptoms.
You may want to think about getting into aromatherapy if you suffer from depression. The natural fragrances help to stimulate the part of the brain that produces happiness and peace. Some oils, such as chamomile, basil, neroli, and damask rose, are especially helpful in treating feelings associated with depression.
If you do not get the results you want when you take one anti-depressant medication, speak to your doctor about trying another. People respond differently to various anti-depressants, and some work for some people and not for others. It may take some trial and error until you find the medication that works to relieve your depression.
While it may seem impossible to express your feelings to someone when you are depressed, you could find that crying on someone’s shoulder or explaining your feelings, is the best remedy. When people listen to you, you are able to get your feelings hashed out without having to feel alone. Depression is a condition that is best met with support and company. Being alone only makes it worse.
To cure depression, you need to focus on being active. Exercise releases endorphins, which will naturally make you feel good. Don’t think of this as a quick fix, but something you should be doing every day. If you think of being active as a life style, you will be much less likely to give up.
Your diet can have a huge affect on how you feel and act. If you are even mildly depressed, you can be tempted to eat so called “comfort foods” that are basically empty carbs and calories. These foods will do nothing to boost your mood or make you feel better about yourself. Eat a proper diet, filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to optimize the benefits that diet can offer to your mood.
Negative thinking breeds depression, so try to think more positive thoughts. If you are depressed, you may have a tendency to minimize your accomplishments and blow your sorrows out of proportion. Make an effort to accept sad things gracefully and to focus more on the good things in your life.
Trying to have more of an active social life can help you to improve your depression symptoms. It is not healthy to spend all of your time alone. By widening out and spending time with more people, you will begin to focus on others more instead of your own problems.
You should feel more confident about dealing with your depression. The above tips are meant to help you battle depression and feel better. Remember that help exists should you ever need it.