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How Depression Can Actually Be A Good Thing

How Depression Can Actually Be A Good Thing

Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. This affects how you think, how you feel, and how you behave. It leads to a majority of physical and emotional changes in your body. However, it isn’t something you can just snap out of. Depression still requires treatment and this is no way undermines depression and its complications. It still brings into light its positives that may give those suffering from its hands some hope. Although depression may occur only one time during your life, many people have multiple episodes of depression. There are different types of depression, some vary from anxious distress, melancholic features, atypical features, and seasonal patterns. However, it is not all bleak and dark. Depression can also be a good thing — not that it is great or anything. Here is how. You might be able to surprisingly relate or even be surprised. I hope this article gives you relief from the pain and stigma that depression ends up giving its patients.

Remember, you are not alone. We are with you and your endeavors to come out of it and land back on your feet. Here are some surprisingly positive outlooks on depression.

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    1. IT UNLOCKS CREATIVITY

    It is notable that depression unleashes your creative sides. Depression can actually get the creative juices flowing throughout the body, mind, and soul spectacularly well. Though you may feel you are getting nowhere, depression creates a lot of thinking patterns in you. You start thinking deeper. You might be able to focus more on life. You try to unfold the mysteries of life. It is beautiful if you think about it. You start living out of the norm. It is beneficial. You start living life on new terms. It makes you a much better person. You start understanding things better.

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      2. IT MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON

      When you have depression, you can tell when others are frustrated, depressed, and feeling unusual. You become a better judge of character. This quality is unlike anything else. I have gotten through depression and can completely understand this feeling. You can relate to people on a much deeper level. You become more grounded. An individual that is down to earth is beautiful to behold, if I say so myself. There are very few people that are like that, so take pleasure in knowing that you are one of those few chosen gems. You are rare, take it from me!

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        3. MAKES YOU REACH OUT

        Trying to unlock the mysteries of depression is impossible. However, when I had depression I would read a lot. I would grab anything that came my way, in order to understand the happenings of the illness and possibly find some sort of cure. So, depression makes you reach out and makes you smarter in the long run. Reading is a great way to engage all the senses. It also gives you a good night’s rest. When you start reaching out to people, you uncover so many new things about yourself that you never may have known if you weren’t in depression. It helps you become a better person, more aware of your surroundings — which will help you in the long run. You’ll start socializing because you don’t take things for granted anymore.

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          4. YOU BECOME LESS PASSIVE AND MORE PASSIONATE

          During this crisis, you start finding out what your true passions are. Because everything seems so dull and bleak, you start to search for things that touch your heart and soul, and make you feel alive. In many ways, you start doing, instead of thinking. So, this (in relativity) is depression, for those who don’t know much about it.

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            5. YOU UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE

            When you are in depression, you begin to wonder a lot of things. Your mind goes from one topic to another in an instant. Hence, you start a path in curiosity that leads you to unlock several of life’s mysteries, like how the body works, etc. So, it can actually be a good thing. You can come to several conclusions about life, or just keep on wondering! The choice is your’s. Because you reach out to more people, you start discovering so many new things, ideas, innovations, as well as inventions. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold.

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              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

              1. Cat Camel Stretch

              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

              3. Jumping Jacks

              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

              4. Abductor Side Lifts

              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

              5. Balancing Table Pose

              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                6. Leg Squats

                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                7. Push Ups

                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                8. Bicycle Crunches

                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                9. Lunges

                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                10. Bicep Curls

                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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