Coping with Depression
You may feel too exhausted to talk, ashamed at your situation, or guilty for neglecting certain relationships. But this is just the depression talking.
Staying connected to other people and taking part in social activities will make a world of difference in your mood and outlook.
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Do things that relax and energize you. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to better manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, and scheduling fun activities into your day.
Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities.
Regular exercise can be as effective as medication for relieving depression symptoms and prevents a relapse.
Foods that can adversely affect your brain and mood: caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, and foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or hormones (such as certain meats).
Sunlight can help boost serotonin levels and improve your mood.
Get outside during daylight hours and expose yourself to the sun for at least 15 minutes a day.
Do you feel like you’re powerless or weak? That your situation is hopeless?
These types of thoughts aren’t realistic. When you really examine them they don’t hold up. Identify the type of negative thoughts that are fueling your depression, and replace them with a more balanced way of thinking.
If you’ve taken self-help steps and made positive lifestyle changes and still find your depression getting worse, seek professional help.
Depression can be treated and you can feel better.
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Depression symptoms can vary, but it always results in living in a negative state.Common signs include:
Understand the common triggers. Once you understand which one is behind your depression, you can better learn how to cope with depression.
Feelings of loss, “less than” and “never going to happen” are the major reasons that most people dip into depression. Loss can result from a loved one dying or losing a job; feelings of “less than” can be triggered by comparing yourself to others you view as having more than you and “never” occurs when you start believing that your goals and dreams are completely out of reach.
Many of those trying to find ways to deal with depression have formed limiting beliefs that negatively affect how they think.
If you come from a family who has never had a member attend college, you might believe that you are not smart enough to achieve your goals. Another common limiting belief is that they are supposed to be sad because depression or anxiety runs in their family.
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When depressed, you may hear thoughts telling you to be alone, keep quiet and not to bother people with your problems. Do not listen to them.
Confiding in a friend to lighten your burden can begin a process of ending your unhappiness. Even the simple act of putting yourself in a social atmosphere can lift your spirits.
The times you feel most like slumping on the couch are the moments you should force yourself to take a walk, cook a meal, or call a friend.
If you've ever been depressed before, do whatever it was that helped you feel better before. Act against the critical inner voice that tells you nothing will help.
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Depression is often measured by scientists using something called the Hamilton Scale. It runs from 0 (where you are dancing in ecstasy) to 59 (where you are suicidal).
Many leading scientists believe the whole idea that depression is caused by a “chemically imbalanced” brain is wrong.
There are in fact nine major causes of depression and anxiety that are unfolding all around us. Two are biological, and seven are out in here in the world, rather than sealed away inside our skulls.
When you’re a child, you have very little power to change your environment. So, you have two choices.
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