Reducing your symptoms of depression
According to the NIMH, 16 million adults in America had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Depression is a widespread problem everywhere. Medications are often helpful for relieving symptoms of depression because they target the chemicals responsible for lowering our mood. But there are other things you can do to ease symptoms of depression. Try just one or better yet, try them all.
Get enough sleep, but not too much
Getting too little sleep can make us more irritable and unable to focus or make decisions, and staying in bed and sleeping too much can worsen symptoms of depression. Set a bedtime routine that allows you to go to sleep and to wake up at the same time every day.
Eat healthy meals and snacks
Eating processed, unhealthy foods high in carbohydrates and unhealthy fats will lead you to feel sluggish, and can lead to health conditions that could also increase your feelings of depression. Healthy, fresh foods can improve your mood and increase your energy.
Even a moderate walk for a few minutes every day can do wonders for your brain and your mood. Take a walk. Go to a yoga class. Lift weights. Do something to move your body and elevate your heart rate.
Talk to a friend
You don’t have to pour out all your feelings, but just having a conversation with another caring human being can be helpful. And sometimes we need to be distracted from our negative thoughts, so talking to someone else can make a difference.
Treat yourself to something that is calming, such as a bubble bath with scented candles, listening to relaxing music, or reading a favorite book. Even 15 minutes can make a huge difference in your mood.
These are just a few tips to reducing your depression. What would you add? What works for you?