Depression can drain your energy, drive, hope, along with your will to try and get better. Yes, it’s not easy to overcome depression. However, it is in your power to take charge of the situation and get out of it. You may think this is impossible, but the daily steps you take can put you in charge and control of the pain that comes with depression. Even if the depression is stubborn, severe and persistent, you have the power to get it under control.
Start small and build from there. Certain daily practices can help you battle your depression and gradually walk out of the darkness. It is up to you to start making positive choices every day in order to win your battle against depression.
1. Face your depression the easy and gradual way
You do not need to overwhelm yourself with the idea of fighting depression. It is best to start your recovery from depression with a few small goals and slowly build from there. Use whatever energy you can to do little things. It could be enough to take a short walk around the block or pick the phone to call a loved one.
Once you are in the habit, it will be easier to add up your accomplishments and climb out of depression. Learn to reward yourself daily so that you can keep on feeling glad about the progress you are making.
2. Turn to friends and family members that make you feel special
On your own, it will be difficult to win the battle against depression. However, once you start spending time talking with trusted people who are good listeners, you will feel like you have the support that you need. Emotional connection is a powerful thing in getting through the tough period of depression.
3. Get enough sleep
Depression has a way of sucking the energy out of you. This can upset your ability to make good decisions. So, try to make sure that you are sleeping for 7 to 8 uninterrupted hours a night.
4. Eat right
Eating right is very important. Taking in a healthy diet will be helpful in gaining enough energy to fight depression. Eat three meals a day. Try and make it regular. Don’t go to the extreme or push yourself to eat beyond your limits, instead focus on eating healthy and in moderation.
5. Get moving
Depression doesn’t really motivate you to get out of bed and work out. But exercise is a very powerful weapon when it comes to fighting depression. With exercise, you can increase your energy levels and decrease the feelings of fatigue in your body. Such physical activity also activates new cell growth in the brain, reduces stress, relieves muscle tension, and increases mood-enhancing neurotransmitters and endorphins in the brain.
You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with the exercise at first. Exercising regularly is more important than how long you spend exercising. Just a short walk can improve your mood for hours.
6. Expose yourself to sunlight daily
Lack of sunlight can worsen the effect of depression. Try and take short walks outdoors or have your coffee outside. As little as 15 minutes of sunlight daily is enough to improve your mood. If you have little winter sunshine where you are, you can try a light therapy box to get the effects of sunlight.
7. Practice relaxation techniques
There are several relaxation techniques that can reduce the symptoms of depression and boost your feelings of joy and well-being. Deep breathing, yoga, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation are some relaxation techniques that can be very helpful when you’re depressed.
8. Connect with nature
Being close to nature will remind you of the constant cycle of life. Plants and trees give off oxygen which increases brain flow and is helpful against depression. Staying close to nature helps you feel alive again.
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