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    November 29, 2010 No Comments
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    This may be a lengthy post but after doing some research recently I wanted to share these tips as reminder of how you can help yourself or someone else deal with the effects of depression. Just because you’re in a blue mood doesn’t mean you have to stay that way and you can work your way back from being blue to being you again by being active and eating a healthy diet. The following simple and easy tips can help you deal with depression while taking things one day at a time.

    1. If you have a pet they can be a good form of therapy by playing with them. It also helps that you are caring for something outside of yourself so when it comes to giving or caring for others it can help you feel better.

    2. You can never go wrong with a healthy diet of fruits, veggies, and whole grains to help improve your emotional, physical, and mental health. If you haven’t been eating as well as you should this is a good opportunity to change your diet.

    3. While eating a healthy diet helps your overall health you may want to look into foods that can boost your mood. Some studies show that foods containing omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B-12 can ease moods associated with depression.

    4. For snacking try low-fat carbs such popcorn, graham crackers, or a baked potato and low-fat carbs are a good source of fiber. Keep in mind that serotonin levels in the brain can be improved which help your sense of well-being.

    5. Many love drinking coffee but it helps to limit your intake of caffeine. Caffeine can increase anxiety levels and too much result in nervousness and jittering. You may be surprised at how it improves your mood when cutting back and this includes limiting soda, chocolate, and tea. For some it helps them get a better nights rest.

    6. Have you noticed any aches or pains in your muscles or joints? It could be associated with your depression and any discomforts of that nature should be treated. If over the counter medicines aren’t doing the trick you may need to visit your doctor for treatment options.

    7. Exercising helps and for some works better than antidepressants. Even mild exercise can help improve your mood so go for a brisk walk around the block with a friend and continue slowly adding regular exercise into your routine.

    8. Do exercises that you enjoy and this can be practically anything including your favorite sport such as basketball or football. Maybe you a hobby such as gardening but whatever the activity make sure it is something you can have fun with and look forward to doing.

    9. Doing exercise can be fun in the company of others. Joining a group or gym can be a supportive venture in staying fit while keeping things fun. Having friends to exercise with can help give you the motivation to keep at it!

    10. Sometimes with depression people tend to be more comfortable in the dark especially with seasonal effective disorder (SAD). Getting more natural light into your surroundings can help boost your mood. You may even want to look into light therapy.

    11. Be creative by exploring your personal talents or try your hand at something new. There are many ways to be creative such as writing, kitting, music, and painting. Being creative allows you to be free!

    12. Take time out for yourself to relax either with your favorite activity or listen to soothing music. Even enjoy the sights of nature at the park can be relaxing. Taking time out helps you can control and settle your mind to think and reflect. A nice hot bath or even a nap sounds relaxing.

    13. Volunteering with charity or helping others can not only help you get active but you gain a sense of purpose. Doing things for others can certainly help you feel good.

    14. Keep friends and family close to you especially if they want to help you. They can be you biggest support system for dealing with depression and it feels good to have someone you can talk to that will listen because they care.

    15. It helps to develop good sleep habits and those with depression know that sleep habits vary. Some who are depressed sleep too much or don’t sleep enough but as you recover it helps to have a set schedule.

    16. Alcohol and drugs should be avoid since many interfere with antidepressants and potentially make your depression symptoms worst.

    17. Whatever treatment options you have for depression make sure to follow through thoroughly. Discuss concerns and ask questions to your doctor. Don’t stop or change something without consent and it helps to keep yourself informed about depression by doing research to learn more about this mental illness to gain a better understanding and stay informed of updates.

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