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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.
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.
Depression symptoms can vary, but it always results in living in a negative state.Common signs include:
Depression is often accompanied by a critical, self-destructive mentality that interferes with and distracts us from our daily lives.
Ask yourself, would you think such cruel thoughts about a friend or family member who was experiencing the same struggles.
Depression is a serious mental illness and can be overlooked by friends and family because the depressed person expends precious energy just to camouflage the problem.
Depression is like a chameleon for therapists as it has different manifestations for different individuals based on their age, gender and a cocktail of other emotional issues that form a unique package.