Millions of people around the world suffer with depression and though we’ve all blurted out “I am SO depressed!” when something isn’t going our way, the impact of struggling with diagnosed depression is a hard one to bare. It isn’t a slight feeling of sadness that will go when the problem is resolved, depression can rear its ugly head when it’s least expected and it can stick around, however lifestyle changes can help depression.
Some people who suffer with depression will have a bad day or a bad week, whereas others may feel as though they’ve been stuck in the same downward spiral for years. There is a lot of medical and psychological help available to sufferers, but there are also a number lifestyle changes that can help depression. These changes may be small, but they can make a big difference.
Cut Down On Junk Food
The argument goes that junk food makes you happy and why wouldn’t this happiness help depression? I’m sorry to say this isn’t the case at all. Though junk food tends to make us feel better in the moment, it isn’t a long term solution. Eating healthily will improve your overall mood for longer and can help to cut down on mood swings.
Surround Yourself With ‘Good’ People
Relationships have a huge impact on our emotions and having a good support network is important for anyone who suffers with depression. Ditching negative influences and those who cause unnecessary problems can increase happiness levels and reduce stress significantly, both of which can trigger depressive thoughts otherwise.
You don’t need to start training for a marathon to feel the benefits of exercise, and it’s much more than just losing a bit of weight or getting fitter. Exercise actually increases your body’s production of endorphins and it’s these endorphins that work as a natural antidepressant. 20 to 30 mins of light exercise each day can help to keep depression at bay and improve your mood considerably.
Create A Bedtime Routine
Bedtime routines aren’t just for babies and children. Getting a good night’s sleep has been shown to improve mood, as well as reducing the effects of depression. Start by going to bed at the same time every night, avoid eating too late and be mindful of what you watch on television before sleeping. A good bedtime routine can cut down on insomnia, overthinking and fatigue which can help with reducing the effects of depression.
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