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Regular exercise can be as effective as medication for relieving depression symptoms and prevents a relapse.

  • Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic: walking, weight training or swimming.
  • Add a mindfulness element. Focus on how your body feels as you move.
  • Pair up with an exercise partner. 
  • Take a dog for a walk. You can volunteer to walk homeless dogs for an animal shelter or rescue group. 

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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.

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).

If you’ve taken self-help steps and made positive lifestyle changes and still find your depression getting worse, seek professional help. 

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Do you feel like you’re powerless or weak? That your situation is hopeless?

You may feel too exhausted to talk, ashamed at your situation, or guilty for neglecting certain relationships. But this is just the depression talking

  • Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. They just need to be a good listener.
  • Make face-time a priority. Talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in relieving depression.
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