Depression is a mental illness that affects almost 6.7% of the adult population. It causes emotions such as loss of interest, hopelessness, frustration, irritability, sadness, and even anger. While we all experience these feelings from time to time, a person who has depression experiences these feelings for weeks, months, and even years. There are numerous factors that can cause depression, many that cannot be controlled. These factors include: genetics, brain structure, trauma or abuse at an early age, substance abuse, and medical conditions (cancer, ADHD, chronic pain, etc). Even those who have depression might be struggling with different forms of this mental illness, such as: Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and many other types. Even though you may not have the ability to make depression completely disappear from your life, there are ways in order to mitigate the symptoms of depression.
Five healthy things you can do to cope with depression:
- Stay connected to those you care about – spending time with others with others not only helps you combat the feeling of loneliness, but others can help encourage you to keep doing the things you love to do and help prevent feelings of loneliness.
- Be active – Physical activity is a huge stress reliever. When you get regular exercise everyday it can help you feel better physically and emotionally.
- Get your rest – Depression usually brings sleep disturbances. Stick to a schedule by setting an alarm and go to bed at the same time every night. Also, set an alarm to wake up at the same time every morning.
- Clean up your diet – When you put good food into your body you will begin to see the benefits. A higher daily intake of Omega-3’s (which you can find in fish or fish oil supplements) can improve your mood drastically.
- Put down the bottle – Alcohol can be a fleeting aid to escape depression. However, since it is a depressant, alcohol can actually worsen symptoms of depression. It may also be having a negative reaction with depression medicine you may be taking.
Most forms of depression will need to be talked about with a therapist or doctor. However, when you make these lifestyle changes you can begin finding happiness in your daily life. If you still have questions, you can always leave us a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org