By: Wendy Aguiza
Depression can be crippling. Mental problems may develop into physical problems too, so taking care of your depression can greatly benefit your health. By following some simple advice, you may be able to beat your depression and get on with your life. Depression is sometimes chronic, but it can be managed.
If you are depressed, you should try to work on something productive for at least 30-60 minutes per day. Doing absolutely nothing all day can cause a vicious cycle where you not only have your “base” depression symptoms, but also depression because you are unable to get anything done.
In addition to a healthy diet you should also invest in starting some kind of exercise that you enjoy. This can be something as simple as regular walks or even something as organized as a team sport. This will help you to feel better physically and will probably have effects on your mental life as well.
Try your hardest to maintain a healthy circle of friends and not just one best friend who you tell everything to. Your depression will cause even the best of friends to feel drained so it is essential that you spread these conversations out among several of your closest friends to even it out.
If you are a parent, and you start to feel a bout of depression coming on try to find a way for your children to not be around you. If they are older, you can leave them home alone, but if they are younger children, you should have a close friend on standby to watch them.
Drink plenty of water. Everyone knows that plenty of water is essential to body health, however, it is also crucial to mental health. Having a good and positive attitude is physically more difficult when you are dehydrated. Dehydration can cause your brain to begin to shut down, causing even a normally happy person to become down.
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.
Exercise. Studies have shown that people who exercise have lower rates of depression, and that those with depression can help their condition by doing some kind of exercise. Exercising is not only great for your physical health but for your mental health as well, so start an exercise program. There are many to choose from, and you’ll feel much better.
So, hopefully you have found some useful information on dealing with your depression. By following the tips discussed above, you can at least get some relief. Try to be positive about trying out the suggestions – they could be just what you need to rediscover the joy in your life. Keep your head up!
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