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Get a daily dose of sunlight

Get a daily dose of sunlight

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. 

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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 ...

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).

  • Don’t skip meals. 
  • Minimize sugar and refined carbs. 

  • Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy sleep habits.
  • Keep stress in check. Figure out all the things in your life that stress you out, and find ways to relieve the pressure and regain control.
  • Pra...

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 graduall...

  • 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.
  • Try to...

Ask yourself:

  • “What’s the evidence that this thought is true? Not true?”
  • “What would I tell a friend who had this thought?”
  • “Is there another way of looking at the situation or an alternate explanation?"

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.

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....

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 yo...

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