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Five Proven Ways To Deal With Depressionfrom: Motivated Lifestyle - Staff Writer
If you have been feeling blue over the last few days, and you are struggling to find any way out of the gloomy world of depression, then rest assured, you are not alone. You may or may not be aware of it, but depression is a state of mind that everyone goes through at least once in their lifetime.
The causes of depression can be many and varied. For example, it could be perceived failures in life, or the death of a loved one perhaps. It could also be as a result of a serious illness or other personal problem. These are all factors which can cause depression in millions of people. The reality is however, that while some depressive disorders are serious enough to warrant therapy to overcome them, most common depressions can be managed by doing some simple things on your own. The following are examples of five of the most effective ways of dealing with depression in your life.
Exercising for 15-20 minutes or going for a brisk walk for about half an hour will do wonders in improving your mood, and making you feel better. The reasoning behind this conclusion is the release of the hormone serotonin, which gets released with an increased flow of oxygen in the blood. It is well documented that this is as a result of engaging in physical activities such as walking or other forms of pysical exercise. Walking also helps in releasing oxytocin, which is also the hormone released during lovemaking, or bonding and is known to free the mind of worries and anxieties.
Set Yourself Smaller Goals
A major impact of depression is the loss of confidence in your ability to accomplish anything. People who are suffering from depression often feel that they cannot accomplish their goals in life and as a result, see themselves as nothing more than abject failures. This in turn can lead to them feeling even more depressed, which then can become a vicious downward spiral.
It is possible to mitigate this negative view of your life by taking on responsibilities and setting small goals, which you know can absolutely be achieved, depression or no depression. You will most likely find that the depressing thoughts will slowly fade away on acheiving these small accomplishments, and to give a practical example of this, even relatively mundane taskslike doing the laundry or cooking a meal, are good enough to begin with. As you start meeting these goals, in turn your confidence levels start to build up again, and you would find depression gradually beginning to take a back seat in your life again.
Make Sure To Eat A Healthy Diet
While there is no evidence that those hamburgers and hotdogs play any role in making one depressed, there is ample evidence that eating healthy foods can help to lift you out of a state of depression. Those which are plentiful in folic acid (such as avocado and spinach for instance) and those rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as tuna or salmon) are good anti-depressants. Making sure that you diet includes regular consumption of these foods, can help to a great extent in fighting depression.
Combat Negative Thoughts
This might sound a bit daunting in the beginning, but at some point of time, you will need to confront the negative thoughts which are encompassing you. Simply running away from them will only pull you deeper into the dungeons of your depression, and so you need to try and think about what is causing the depression, and what is the best thing that you can do to get out of the rut that you are in. In many instances, sitting down and trying some self-analysis can eliminate tose negative thoughts.
In turn this will help boost your low morale, and if you feel that you are a failure, you need to ask yourself what makes you think that you are. If you are succssful in finding an answer to this problem, it would open up the floodgates of solutions to prove your worth and succeed in life once again.
Take Prescription Medicines
If you feel that doing any of the common things mentioned previously is not helping you come out of depression, you would need to consult a psychotherapist for help. Taking prescribed doses of antidepressant pills will certainly help you come out of the depression. However these medications frequently have certain side effects like loss of libido, or weight gain for example, and so you should refrain from taking them as much as possible.
Hopefully these points will help you to deal with your depression, and the often soul destroying effects that it can produce. It is very easy to simply write and tell others what they should do, but actually doing them is another matter. Try and apply the "glasss half full, rather than the glass half empty" equation to your life, and you might also be amazed at the result.