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Tips To Help You Deal With Depression

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Depression is a word that is used often and nowadays almost as slang by people, but it is a serious issue to people who genuinely face this terrible disorder. In depression – a person loses all interest in going out or meeting people, develops a poor self-image, self-pity, fear and negative thinking.

When you find yourself feeling consistently low or have been diagnosed with depression, you can work on yourself or with a therapist. There are a few tips that will prove immensely beneficial if you start to use them:

  • Reach Out and stay connected with people: make an effort to reach out and connect to people. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness – and many people will welcome the chance to deepen friendships. If not - it’s not as hard as it seems to make new friends. Some ideas to meet people are – volunteering, joining a class or a club, start making plans a few days in advance – you can even schedule a weekly dinner date.
  • Try and re-kindle old interests and/or develop new ones.  The therapeutic benefits of indulging your creative side cannot be understated.
  • Stay body healthyget minimum 8 hours of sleep, reduce stress and embrace relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
  • Identify the things that raise your mood or perk you upmood elevators are different for different people. It could be watching a movie, listening to music, taking a bath, spending some time in nature, list what you like about yourself or just have a chat with someone.
  • Exercisewhen you are depressed, exercise seems like a terribly daunting task. But – get moving – just for 30 minutes a day. After a few days, the very real benefits of moving and staying active will kick in and you will feel much better.  Continuous physical activity whether it's walking, dancing or swimming etc. stimulate one’s brain to produce dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin which are referred to as ‘feel good chemicals’. These chemicals can regulate your mood, help improve appetite and boost sleep cycles.
  • Diet and Vitamins - Vitamin B shortage can really make a person feel exceedingly low and glum. Don’t skip meals and cut down on sugar. Sugar makes one feel happy for short periods of time but has serious health consequences and actually feeds stress levels in the body.
  • SunlightGetting out of your house during the daylight hours is important – our body clock is tied into natural rhythms in basic and sub-conscious ways, and if you stay confined indoors – anybody would get depressed.
  • Positive Thinkingsay good things about yourself to yourself, depressed people are their own worst critics and will themselves apart in the harshest manner possible. Just tell yourself – I am fun, or creative or positive. Positive affirmations have a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Professional HelpIf nothing seems to be working, get professional help. Don't hesitate, or feel stigmatised. Get help from a counsellor, psychologist or any group and health insurance providers. You will feel better and get back on your feet before you know it.

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