Depression comes and goes in life, sometimes for long periods and sometimes for short amounts of time. The fact is that typical depression can easily be fought against, as long as you know how. This article has some tips which can not only help you stop the depression you are feeling now, but also help you stop it from returning in the future.
It is important that you get out and start exercising. In fact, doing it outside your home is far better than doing it in your own house. Why? Because getting out gets you into the sunshine, and sunshine provides you with vitamin D. Your brain needs vitamin D to produce the feel-good chemicals which lift your spirits. The exercise also produces these same chemicals, so when you exercise in the outdoors, you will be left feeling great.
Now that you have worn your body out, be sure to get eight hours of sleep every night. Sleep can help your mood improve immensely, but only if you are getting enough every night. Make a point of getting up and getting into bed on a schedule so that your body learns when it will be able to sleep. Once it knows that you won’t be taking any naps to allow it to re-energize, you will find that you sleep more soundly overnight.
What sort of foods do you eat? If your answer is mostly junk food, changes are necessary. Many people feel depressed because they aren’t getting the nutrients they need to produce brain chemicals which balance their mental state out. Start eating fruit, a rainbow of vegetables, lean protein such as fish and whole grains like brown rice. After only a few days of changing your diet, you should feel a significant change in mood.
What you drink can have as much of an impact on how you feel as what you eat. Skip the soda and fruit “beverages” and instead drink water, green tea, skim milk and 100% fruit juice. When your body is properly hydrated, your brain can function properly. Did you know that the brain is mostly water? Of course it needs you to drink the right things! In fact, items like soda have been shown to dehydrate you due to the heavy use of sodium in those products. Stick to healthy options and you should feel better quickly.
In the end, one major mindset to put in place is not to give a darn about what anyone thinks. When you live your life for you, letting stresses about your job, family or peer pressure go, you will feel enlightened. Only care about the opinion of people who matter, and only if they treat you right and respect you. Anyone else who brings you down should be kicked out of your life for good.
With these tips in hand, you are ready to battle depression and start feeling better. As long as you make use of them, you will find that the grey cloud over your head lifts and your spirits rise. If your depression doesn’t get better, seek medical help as what you are suffering from is not basic depression.