If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, you may feel confused, frustrated and distraught yourself. Maybe you feel like you’re walking on eggshells because you’re afraid of upsetting them even more. Depression is an insidious, isolating disorder.
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you to feel better. Making that first step is sometimes the hardest. Overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have more control than you realize—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there by making positive choices for yourself each day.
If you live with depression, you’ve probably had more than one run-in with unwanted advice from folks who swear they know how to cure depression. My family always said “just pick yourself up by your bootstraps”.
There are day-to-day changes you can make that might help you manage your depression.
Dealing with depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed can be hard. Sometimes, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting or impossible to put into action..Once you start it seems to get better. Giving up isn’t an option, you just have to keeping going, going for a walk is good for your mood and your heart.
The following are some suggestions that might help you with your depression. It has worked for some people and I think they are worth while to use:
If you are lucky enough to have some sunshine get outside and soak up that vitamin D. Vitamin D as been known to help with depression. My Vitamin D level was really low and I feel much better taking a supplement. Ask your doctor first!
Sunlight increases serotonin levels in the body which make you feel happier.
Exercise increases your feel good hormones and improves your health.
My favorite are; walking the dogs, going to the gym.
You don’t have to exercise for long a quick 10-20 minute workout will do the job.
3. Positive Things That Happen
Each day I write one positive thing that happened that day. If you have a few things that happen write them all down so you can see that not everything is negative. You can then go back and look at things that happen in the past so you know good things will happen.
4. Sticking to a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Sticking to a sleep schedule. Waking up and going to bed around the same time every day — even on the weekends. I found getting on an established sleep schedule helps break the habit.
5. Accomplish One Thing
Getting out of bed is something you have accomplished. Doing a load of laundry or dishes or just not going back to bed are all accomplishments. The small things count. Give yourself credit for what you do get done.
6. Know you will feel better
Know that tomorrow is a new day and you will feel better. Also know that once worked through, bad feelings don’t last forever.
Writing down how you feel is very productive and helps you let out your feelings. You can feel the feelings you have been holding back and release them.
Gratitude is an amazing tool to raise your mood as it enables you to recognize all the great things you have in your life.
Make Gratitude part of your morning routine, there is always something to be grateful for. Just being able to get up is something to be grateful for.
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