Depression can be one of the hardest times of someone’s life. Sufferers often feel misunderstood, tired and deeply unhappy. If these kinds of feelings sound familiar, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from depression every day. Here are a few tips about dealing with depression that might be able to help.
Stave off depression by developing your interests. One of the prime factors in depression is a lack of interests and activities that you enjoy. Having an outlet for your interests contributes greatly to self-esteem and happiness. Doing things you enjoy, whether it is painting, hiking, reading, or volunteering keeps your mind off of your problems and gives great satisfaction.
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.
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.
People suffering from serious depression may benefit from eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, or taking a fish oil supplement as part of their daily diet. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids play a significant role in good brain function. Good natural fish sources for omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, sardines, and canned tuna. Omega 3’s also play a key role in heart health, so the benefits to your body are very significant indeed!
One way to deal with depression is to fake it till you make it. Try to act as though you are not depressed. Really give it a good try and force yourself too. Imagine that you are not depressed and eventually it will come to pass. Basically you are tricking your mind, because if you do it enough, your brain will not know that it is depressed.
Use these tips as the first steps on your journey to recovery. Depression can be a terrible feeling, but as time passes you will find that you are starting to feel a little better. Take your time and don’t force yourself to act happy if you aren’t. Everything is unfolding in perfect time, including you.