Important Tips on Fighting Depression

by

Andrea Manigat

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Depression makes you feel like you’ve hit a point where nothing in the world can make you feel any better. Your hope, energy, and drive all gets drained and there hardly is anything that excites you.

Although people experience depression on different levels of severity, it should be noted that you can overcome this condition successfully, if you fight it. Below are some of the tips that can help you in turning the situation around.

 

Reach out for help

You’ll need enough support in your bid to overcome depression. Fighting and sustaining the battle on your own may prove a little too difficult and so it always makes sense to seek and find outside help. Seek support from those people who make you feel safer and cared for. Connect with people in the physical sense of it and keep us with social activities even when you feel like you shouldn’t. These, as well as a host of other ways, will be helpful in this fight.

 

Do things you feel good about doing

You need to always feel relaxed and energized. You need to lead a healthy lifestyle and manage stress better. It’s good to set limits on things you’re able to do while also scheduling fun and enjoyable activities into your day. You probably may have lost interest in most of those things you used to find exciting, do them still because you may still be able to get yourself to enjoy them once again. Support your health and sleep for about 8 hours every day so you can get healthier.

 

Exercise your body

Exercise is also very important in this fight. It will help you fight fatigue and you’ll mostly feel energized. Try and engage your body with continuous and rhythmic exercises such as dancing, walking, martial arts, weight training, etc. You can also pair up with a partner to help you socialize and stay motivated.

 

Eat a healthy diet

Foods such as caffeine, trans fats, and others that can affect your mood should be avoided. Eat foods with enough vitamins such as leafy greens, beans, chicken, and eggs. Foods rich in Omega-3-fatty acids such as salmon, mackerels, herring, tuna, etc, are also great as they’ll help stabilize your mood.

 

Bask in the sunshine

Being exposed to at least 15 minutes of sunlight each day is great. Remove your sunglasses but don’t stare at the sun directly. You can also choose to exercise outside under the sunshine or also find ways to increase the amount of natural light that finds its way into your workplace and home.

 

Fight negativity

Negative thoughts can overwhelm you and this is usually a symptom of depression. Whenever any sort of negativity suddenly wants to set in, you’ll have to resist this and convince yourself that your fears and negativities are false.

 

Seek professional help

It’s possible you may need help even after you may have taken all the necessary steps you should. That is not a weakness at all. Depression can be strong sometimes and make you feel like you’re fighting a lost battle but it’s not. You can treat it and you can feel very much better.

If you or someone you know needs help with depression in the US, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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