The number of people suffering from depression doesn’t seem to decrease. One of the challenges is that some people discover that they are depressed late in life and have a harder time battling these emotions. Depression is usually characterized by a strong feeling of sadness, discouragement and unhappiness. For it to be a serious clinical condition, one must in addition to the above, experience serious weight loss, sleep disturbance, psychomotor agitation, inability to think or concentrate and possibly have thoughts of suicide, among others. Although medication can reduce the effects of this condition, there are many other natural things you can do to help regain control of your life. These tips and methods are discussed below.
Get Into a Routine
Many psychiatrists recommend this as a first step to handle depression. Just come up with a gentle daily schedule that consistently helps you remain on track. With depression, the structure of your life is stripped off. As a result, one day’s events melt into to the other.
Depression comes with the feeling that it’s impossible to accomplish anything. Setting small and achievable goals on a daily basis will make you feel better. With time, move to relatively challenging daily goals
It is a temporary way of boosting your endorphins (feel good hormones) and has a positive long-term effect on depressed individuals. It doesn’t have to be so rigorous. Taking a walk with a friend, jogging with your dog or 20 minutes at the gym are just sufficient.
Embrace Healthy Feeding
There are healthy food choices, but there is no one perfect diet suited for everyone. To some, depression makes them overeat. Try to avoid this aspect. Studies show that taking foods that are rich in folic acid and omega 3 can ease depression.
Make time to have fun. It could be a simple has watching a good comedy show or reading an interesting magazine. You can try doing something completely new and in the process you may identify an enjoyable activity. Something new alters your dopamine (a chemical responsible for pleasure, learning and enjoyment) levels. It will help you fight depression.
Get Enough Sleep
If you aren’t sleeping well, your depression is likely to get worse. Although the conditions make it hard for you to sleep, try make lifestyle changes so you can achieve long sleep hours. For example, have a definite time to sleep and get up, avoid napping, and remove all distractors (TV, computer, and radio among others) from your bedroom. These will help improve your sleep.
Take On Responsibilities
Although the feeling to avoid family and work related responsibilities may be overwhelming, fight to defeat it. Being actively engaged on a daily basis is a lifestyle that can help you counter depression. From these responsibilities, you get a great sense of accomplishment.
Challenge Negative Thought You Have
A successful depression fight is mental. Embrace positive thinking even though the tendency to leap to a worst possible conclusion in a situation may be tempting. Fighting negative thoughts will require practice and dedication, but you can do it.
The above methods are proven to work effectively to help you build good habits. If you decide that you need something more, please speak with your doctor or healthcare provider about the different options available.