There are some more practical ways to help alleviate your depression moods as well.
Whether or not you suffer from SAD, taking a brisk walk out in the sunlight can help anybody struggling with depression. Besides the fact that it gives you a chance to clear your head, and remove yourself from any situation exacerbating your mood, you will soon be producing endorphins. And, as we know, those are wonderful things to produce when upset.
Another way to help is by eating healthily, but without focusing too much on weight or appearances. Healthy foods can help your body’s chemicals and immune system, as well as your long term health, but dieting excessively, or worrying, does not. Sometimes people struggling with depression find their origins in this struggle—reaching to attain a thinness that cannot be healthy, and obsessing about looks and weight—or use controlling their weight to mask a trauma in the past. Long term, this does not help you resolve your past, or your depression. And while it would take a whole other series to delve into eating disorders, yo-yo dieting, and other addictions that contribute to depression, suffice it to say that if you need help in this area, seek help. Give up what you can, and realize what part alcoholism, eating disorders, and other addictions play into your depression. Self-medicating is not the depression solution. In fact, self-medicating actually aggravates it.
Speaking of health, getting enough sleep also plays a role in your mood. During the night, try to get seven to eight hours of good, uninterrupted sleep. If you have worries or memories keeping you up at night, then try journaling these out before you go to sleep. Find something to distract your mind, such as a movie or good book, and focus your thoughts on these subjects rather than any negative thoughts or worries.
HH4Heroes Depression Diffusion Interactive Strategy #7
Nature’s little helpers. A healthy diet can play a key role in managing depression. In addition, there are natural supplements that can help as well. Check with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they will not react adversely with medications you may be taking. Here are a few:
-Omega-3 Fatty Acids help with brain functioning. Studies suggest that a diet high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids combined with anti-depressants may work better than anti-depressants alone.
-Folic Acid is a B vitamin found in leafy green vegetables and has often found to be deficient in those who are depressed.
-Vitamin B6 is required to make the feel good chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
-Magnesium is depleted by stress and can be increased by eating beans, nuts, whole grains and green vegetables.
How about a nice cup of tea before bed? Chamomile tea is inexpensive and available at any supermarket. It has a mildly calming effect that can help insomnia, nightmares and other sleep disturbances often related to depression.
More practical strategies and help for healing and a healthier depressed-free you are on the way.
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