Have you ever woken up in the morning and wished you didn’t? Depression can really make you feel helpless, but there are a lot of things besides therapy and medication that can help beat the blues.
That’s why we are here to tell you what you can do to battle depression.
1. Unload Your Schedule
Between driving to work, working, picking up the kids, and all the other stuff on the to-do list, we are constantly being barraged with stuff that makes even the fun things un-fun. Work overload has proven to be a cause for depression, but we continue to work because we enjoy togetherness. So the solution for this is to prioritize your activities and start doing stuff that’s more relaxing.
2. Laugh More Often
Studies have shown that a simple smile send serotonin levels through the roof subsequently making us feel better mentally and physically. Laughing is the best medicine, the more you laugh, the better you feel. Go attend a stand-up comedy gig, or go to the movies. Do something fun that will make you smile and laugh, tell a few jokes at the office just be careful not to get into trouble.
3. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol is our central nervous system’s depressant, and while it may seem fun to spend a Saturday with the boys, it’s really a poor way to battle depression. Most likely you will feel even worst the next day, and that’s not because of the hangover.
4. Positive Thoughts
You need to start taking control of what you think. Think positive thoughts and focus on the good things in your life and everyday routine. Do you like that girl who works at the bar? Go and ask her out instead of thinking of rejection. Is work getting to your head? Take a 5min break and go to your happy place, calm down and go again.
5. Change Diet
Certain foods that contain vitamins and nutrients, like omega 3 fatty acids, have been proven to change our brain chemistry that subsequently affects our mood. Studies find that eating foods rich with omega 3 fatty acids, like salmon and sardine, improve our mood. A nursing mother should eat mackerel because of its high mercury content. Other vitamins like vitamin B, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid also help.
6. Try something exotic
A kind of therapy will most likely brighten you up and soak you in is aromatherapy. Relax and enjoy a nice aromatherapy using concentrated essential oils from different plants such as lemon, rose, lavender, geranium and other.
Acupuncture often encourages meditation and relaxation during sessions, relieving your mind of stress and negative thoughts. It has also been said that for some people, acupuncture has given a new approach to the patient’s body’s capabilities.
Yes, this one is connected with cannabis, but it does not have that usual “get you high” effect only the positive effects. You should definitely try out the CBD gummies.
7. Understand the symptoms
If nothing helps and you are still in the same mood, then you might be clinically depressed. We have compiled a list of 10 symptoms, and if you experience at least 6 then see a doctor immediately.
-Constant feeling of sadness, anxiety or emptiness
-Loss of appetite and weight loss
-Having trouble falling asleep, or oversleeping
-Loss of energy and fatigue
-Constant feelings of pessimism and hopelessness
-Feeling worthless, helpless
-Loss of interest or loss of pleasure in previous fun activities
-Difficulty concentrating and remembering
If you experience at least 6 of the previous 10 symptoms, please constant and visit your doctor. You can’t run from depression forever.