Three Ways to Help You Manage Depression
Depression, or major depressive disorder, is an illness that makes you feel sad all the time. However, because it is relatively common to associate feelings of unhappiness with work stress or family-related issues, most people never seek treatment because they think they are fine.
How can you tell if you are depressed? If you are experiencing all or one of these symptoms, what you’re suffering from is not just one of those passing “blue” feelings:
- Intense feelings of sadness
- Insomnia or over-sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Recurrent suicidal thoughts
Seeking help from a doctor if you feel you have depression is always best. However, if you are unwilling to do so, the following tips could come in handy in helping you overcome depression.
Have you ever noticed that people who work out often tend to be happier? Exercising releases endorphins, chemicals that can make you feel happy. The easiest way to elevate your mood is to slip on some work-out clothes and head off to the gym work out. After you exercise, you will notice a positive boost in your mood.
2. Get some rest
Sleep. Everyone needs at least 8 hours of sleep per day (in 24 hours, that is, not when the sun is out). The feelings of being tired, which can make you feel bad about yourself, could be the result of not getting enough sleep. Getting out of that rut and feeling energized when you get up demands getting enough rest at night.
Someone who feels like going out to do something generally doesn’t feel sad.
3. Make room for people in your life
Everyone needs to let off steam once in a while. If you feel bad about something, instead of worrying about it, go out and have some fun with friends. Talk about your problems with them. They might offer some unwarranted advice, but letting it all out will help you let go of whatever has been bottled up inside or goad you on to start thinking about ways to fix your problem.
When To Seek More Help From Professionals
- If thoughts of suicide cross your mind frequently
- If you’ve had depression for a long time
- When all other methods of overcoming depression fail
Any changes in your life begin with one small action and the above baby-steps will go a long way to helping you overcome depression.