Fighting depression is hard. When trying to be the ambitious badass we truly are, life can spin us in some dark moments. That’s why it is vital to focus on your mental health. It is hard to focus on your life goals when you’re feeling less inside. Well, I’ve been there many times before and I still battle with it every now and then. However, I learned how to maintain my mental health by changing certain things in my life. With my experience, I have found a few key factors that make me feel better. Here are some of the areas that can improve your mental health. Please keep in mind that everyone is different, and this list may not work for everybody. If you’re looking for help, talk to your doctor, therapist, friend, and family.
Must find a routine
People suffering from depression are controlled by the condition. Depression keeps people in a mental cloud where routine and schedules do not exist. By creating daily routines, you are setting a healthy pattern back in your life which helps cope with depression. Follow your schedule that you have set will give you a sense of strength and control. Following a pattern will help you keep busy and change your mood.
Research has proven that exercise can be substantial in fighting depression. The reason for this is that exercise produces endorphins that make happy. Exercise also helps you sleep better at night which is another critical factor that improves your mood.
Regular sleep pattern
Getting a good night’s rest and waking up early morning is so important when fighting depression. People underestimate the power of sleep when it comes to depression. By having a set time of when you get up in the morning and when you sleep, you’re are allowing your body to get enough sleep needed to regulate your circadian rhythm which helps improve your mood and brain health.
Eating healthy can nourish our bodies and minds. By eating well, it can increase energy and brain function. It’s advised to avoid caffeine, sugar and processed foods as it contributes to depression. For a healthy diet eat foods like grains, vegetables, and fruits. You can also have fish, such as salmon, sardines, lake trout, and tuna; as well as walnuts, flax seeds, and olive oil.
Take vitamins and supplements
Just like eating healthy, Vitamins is key in dealing with depression. Vitamin B6 and B12 contribute to the creation of chemicals in your brain that affects your mood. Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids also help the brain. Our diet usually deficit of vitamins. Those who live in North America suffer from the lack of Vitamin D due to the long winters which is why it is advised to take vitamins and supplement to support your mental and physical health.
Meditate and/or pray
Meditation is now widely used to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It is said to be the alternative to antidepressants. By praying or meditating you release that issues burdening your mind and transforms the negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Meditation or/and prayer could help give you great relief.
Take a walk
Ok so you want to live under your covers and you probably could, but it would help you feel better. Get out of your house and take a walk. You need to get some fresh air. Sometimes a little fresh air and sunlight could do you right. Sunshine is an excellent source of Vitamin D and an hour of fresh air help boost your mood.
Go on a social media detox
Studies have shown social media is a contributing factor to depression for many millennials. With all the comparison to other people’s lives to yours and the depressive world current events posted all over our feeds, it is a wonder how we all keep sane. The addiction to our smartphones alone causes issues such as sleep deprivation, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. By going on a social media detox, you will start to notice that you have been living in the cyber bubble and that you have more time on your hands to do the essential things. You can start off small with not using social media for a week then you can extend it for two weeks and so on.
Surround yourself with supportive people
Surrounding yourself with positive people can alleviate depression and negative thoughts. By talking to someone that is positive and supportive, you can feel a sense of relief and release of the burden you held. Sometimes someone else feedback on what you’re dealing with can give you a clearer perspective. Also, reduce your time with people who bring you negativity and stress.
I’m sharing this list with you (my readers) because I to suffer from depression. Whenever I feel off, it is a reminder that I need to correct something in one of these areas. Another thing that always makes it easier to cope is knowing that there is a calm after every storm.
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If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings of depression, don’t hesitate to look for help from a medical professional. Here is a great site that provides more information click here.