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.
It is important to get out in the sun for a short while each day. It’s been proven that a lack of sunshine can worsen depression.
A simple walk around your block can be a wonderful mood elevator and a way to get those happy endorphins working to your advantage. If you have forgotten the joy of walking, then take your dog (or borrow one from a neighbor) and focus on his joy and antics for a few minutes. Getting out in your neighborhood keeps you in touch with what is going on around you and helps you take the focus off yourself for awhile.
Don’t dismiss the importance of getting proper sleep, exercise and eating a healthy diet. If you feel a little depressed, you can feel better by going for a walk, run, bike ride or swimming for some exercise. Thinking longer term, stop eating processed and packaged foods, get some daily exercise into your schedule and get enough sleep each night to ward off depression.
Change the bad habits in your life that keep you depressed. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself as you try to identify what these habits are. Try using positive thinking, assertiveness skills, and problem solving skills to tackle these negative habits and thoughts. Try using humor to deal with life’s problems too, instead of letting the negativity drown you.
Try to avoid “glass half empty” types of people. If you suffer from depression than it is likely that you already have a pessimistic outlook on life and by hanging out with other people like this, you will only feed into your own negative thoughts. Focus on finding people with high spirits.
See your doctor. Not only is depression a real disease on its own, it can also be a symptom of other underlying illnesses. Only your doctor will be able to tell you what type of depression you are suffering from or if your symptoms are caused by another ailment. In addition, while many forms of depression can be treated without medication, it can also be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain necessitating the use of medication for effective treatment.
If you are actively trying to combat depression, know you are not alone. Studies have shown that everyone experiences depression at some point in their life. Take note that depression is real and must be treated proactively. If you are experiencing a difficult time, and you think you may be depressed, you probably are. Find ways to treat the depression yourself or seek professional help to get your life back on track.
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.