HOW CAN WE BEAT DEPRESSION
Why we become depressed and how to beat it: Anyone can suffer from depression, at any age or stage in life.
Many factors can contribute to depression including; genetics, changes in hormone levels, illness, stress and grief.
Depression impacts upon every aspect of our lives, as it drains energies, obliterates hopes and makes it hard to concentrate on those tasks that need to be done. However, although depression can be difficult to overcome, it can be done.
So how can we beat depression?
There are things that we can do to help us on the road to recovery. These steps are listed below.Get support Surround yourself with those people who can support you physically and emotionally. Reach out to those friends and family members who can help you. To do so is not a sign of weakness, but rather of strength. Also remember that these people will want to help you. Go out with them for a drink or to the movies, and perhaps join a support group and take a friend along with you for added support.
Get up and be active
Exercise and being active is a crucial aspect of beating depression. Energy levels are increased, feelings of fatigue are reduced and you gain an inner peace and feeling of wellness. We all know about the surge in endorphins when we exercise and these are what help to give you the ‘feel good’ factor. Exercising also does not mean pumping iron in the gym for hours on end. It could be something as simple as taking a 30 minute walk, dancing in the kitchen to your favourite music or even attending a dance class with your partner. Whatever you choose, just be sure to be active every day.
A healthy lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle, including how much sleep we get and what we eat are powerful tools in beating depression. In doing so this can help reduce stress and to create a more relaxed self of wellbeing. Things that can help you to achieve this are by getting 8 hours of sleep a night, going outside each day and using relaxation techniques. Many people who have suffered with depression find that practicing mindfulness and yoga can help them with their daily struggles and promote an inner calm.
Do those things that used to make you happy
Think back to those activities that you used to love. For example, painting, crochet or reading, and try to take up those hobbies again. This will help to focus the mind, give your day a purpose and once they are achieved, you will gain a sense of achievement.
What you eat has a great impact on how you feel. Ideally you need to aim for a balanced diet. It is also best to reduce your intake of caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and saturated fats. Eating small meals regularly throughput the day can also help to improve energy levels and wellbeing.
Any of us can suffer from depression, but we can all do things to help beat it.