Depression can hurt not only your mind but your body as well. It can be hard when you are under the cloud of depression. Yet, taking control of many of the aspects and causes of your depression is still very possible. The following tips will help get you back on your feet and on the road to recovery.
Exercise regularly if you suffer from depression. Exercising releases endorphins that stimulate mood and reduce stress. Exercising also has long-term health consequences that can reduce depression. For instance, eating too much sugar is known to worsen depression symptoms in some people. Overweight individuals also suffer worse depression symptoms on average.
If you are going the medication route to treat your depression, try a lot of different drugs before giving up. It is a little-known fact that people who have been helped by antidepressant medication had to try an average of four different drugs to find the one that worked for them.
One way to deal with depression is to “fake it till you make it”. This means to act, walk, talk, and eat as if you were not depressed. If nothing else, faking it will mean that other things in your life are not neglected while you are depressed. At best, the behaviors will help re-route your brain and actually help cure your depression.
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.
Experiencing depression when you have a small child can be exceptionally difficult. This is because they are unlikely to understand why mommy or daddy is so sad all the time. While you don’t want to hide your problem from them you also don’t want to expose them to your negativity.
Talk to your parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to find out if anyone else is suffering from something similar. If it turns out that they do you can ask them what they have used to combat it. Often they will have the same type of depression as you and be able to help you.
Get the proper amount of sleep each night. Many adults can live off of only a few hours of sleep, but people dealing with depression need to sleep for the recommended amount of about nine hours each night. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day so you do not mess up your internal sleep clock.
As you have read above, there are many ways to take the hurt out of depression and get yourself in a better place both mentally and physically. Attentive application of these suggestions will help you to recover, and at the very least will lessen the impact that depression has on you.