Depression is a serious condition that can affect both the mind and body of you or someone you know and care about. Despite the seriousness of it, there are things that can be done for both victims and those around them. This article contains some tips that you can use to uplift yourself and those you know.
If you suffer from depression and are looking into self help solutions, you should strongly consider joining a support group that deals specifically with depression. This is a great way to connect with other people who understand what you are going through and you will be able to motivate each other to get better.
Don’t dismiss the importance of getting proper sleep, exercise and eating a healthy diet. If you are feeling depressed, a quick fix may be a swim, bike ride, run or brisk walk. Staying away from processed foods, engaging in daily exercise and sleeping for eight hours each night may help to banish your depression.
Have realistic expectations. Often depressed people fixate on some unrealistic goal that they believe will cure their depression. For some it is money, for others it may be longing for an idealistic Mr. or Miss. “Right” to spend the rest of their life with. While having a goal is good, keep it realistic. Instead of being unhappy with your current job and longing to win the lottery, take college courses or a vocational program to increase your income potential. If you are lonely, get out and get involved with activities you enjoy. Even if you don’t meet someone, you will have fun; and if you do meet someone, they are much more likely to have similar interests to you unlike a random stranger in a bar.
Examine your life. If you are unhappy because you feel like you are being walked on, focus on becoming more assertive. If you find yourself assuming people are thinking badly of you, remind yourself that you are not a mind-reader and that you have no basis for that belief. Keep it light and humorous, as you cannot battle negative thoughts with more negativity.
Eat a healthy diet. Many times someone who is depressed my try to cover those feelings with overeating, binge drinking, or even starving themselves. Suppressed feelings are one of the largest contributing factors in depression. When you find yourself reaching for the bag of cookies or bottle of wine, remind yourself that you are making the feelings worse. In addition to forcing you to deal with your feelings instead of covering them, maintaining healthy eating habits will improve your health as well as your mood.
If you live in the past, it could possibly be one of the worst things you could do. Try living in the future because that could be very beneficial in dealing with depression. There is an old adage stating that “wherever you can find hope, you can find life,” so if you envision having a bright future, your hope will inspire you and help you feel more positive.
Life is too short to be wasted battling negative emotions. Keep the tips and advice in this article in mind, if you think you are depressed or know someone who is. Shine the light of this knowledge into your life and you can feel better, in no time at all.