A strategy for helping yourself deal with depression is by patting yourself on the back. It sounds easy, but for the depressed person, it is almost impossible. If you recognize that it is hard to give yourself praise, perhaps it is time to try these tips to help give yourself a round of applause.
Simple changes in lifestyle can help with depression. One way to make a dent in your depression is to exercise each day. Depression can cause you to not have much energy, but just a short walk down the block and back can help you start becoming more energized. The road to recovering from depression requires taking pro-active measures.
Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda. Caffeine has been shown to decrease the amount of serotonin in your brain, which can depress your mood. Caffeine will also make you jittery and anxious, adding to your depression. Finally, caffeine can affect your sleep schedules, causing further problems with an already disrupted system.
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!
Understand and know that you are not insane, but depressed. Depression is the way the body tells us that something is wrong or out of balance with our body. The world around us is an insane place and our bodies react to this insanity by making us depressed. This does not mean that we are insane, it just means that you are a natural being living in an insane world.
If you are battling the blues, try dressing up in your favorite, snappiest outfit. Put on some nice clothes and go out. Not because you have to be at church or a wedding, but just to go out and feel good. Taking care of yourself and looking attractive will boost your self esteem, and push your depression aside.
Avoid going out to social places alone if your depression is related to social things. This will only reinforce in your mind that you are alone or lonely, things that may not even be true. When you do go out make sure it is with a friend or two and keep the evening light.
Pay attention to your symptoms and your body, especially when it comes to concentration and memory. Many people suffer from mild memory loss as they age, and blame it on “senior moments” or even early senility. However, in many cases, those memory loss incidents are more related to depression than age. Treatments for depression may be surprisingly successful in dealing with the memory problems.
Never give up on trying new ways to help yourself out of depression. Improving yourself takes time and true effort. If you work on these tips, you may find that life can be fulfilling and that there is a lot to look forward to. Just reading this article proves that you are on the right track to feeling better about yourself.