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7 Subtle Signs Telling You’re Not Only In The Mood, But May Have Depression

7 Subtle Signs Telling You’re Not Only In The Mood, But May Have Depression

People look at depression so lightly these days, mixing or confusing it with simply being moody. But truth is, the two terms are worlds apart from each other, and so are their effects on your mental, as well as your physical state. There’s even a chance that those who believe themselves to be moody, may actually suffer from mild, all the way to severe depression.

It is important to identify one’s own mental state so to treat it efficiently, and accordingly. If you have an doubts of whether you are depressed or not, the following signs may help you confirm or refute them:

1. You Have a Short Fuse

You’ve been awfully irritated lately. Your roommate asks about your morning, and you answer back with a grunt, your co-worker tells you about what he did last night, and you scorn at his attempt converse, giving everyone the impression that you’re a moody nerve bomb. And all that while you ask yourself, deeply, why did you have to react that way?

Well, all of this could actually be the result of depression, rather than a bad mood. It can make a person, rather than feel sad and hopeless, feel irritated and angry. If you feel like you’re easily ticked off, it could be a sign of depression.

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2. Changes in Your Sleeping Pattern

You get into bed, tired, exhausted really, trying to get into a comfortable position. You turn from side to side, cover yourself with the blanket only to remove it half way a few moments later. In short, you are already aware that this will be one of those practically sleepless nights.

Or rather, you do fall asleep, instantly like a baby, only to find that when the wrenched alarm clock rings devilishly, you cannot seem to be able and wake up. Still exhausted, even after your nine hours sleep. And even if you do manage to somehow persuade yourself away from bed, you quickly find that there’s not much else you’d like to do more than going back to bed again.

While these two extreme phenomenons can be confused with simply having a night, if they consist more than a day or two, you may be suffering from depression, which can also be the cause of a sleep problem.

3. You’re Experiencing Physical Pain

Your head aches? Your back is in pain? And all that without no apparent reason? Well, before you start googling your symptoms and end up diagnosing yourself with cancer, the simple answer may just be that you are suffering from… you know it, depression.

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Pain and mood are both influenced by the same neurotransmitters, and so it is not out of the question that being in the state of grave depression, will actually affect you physically.

Even your body is not spared from the painful clutches of depression.

4. You Are Lacking Energy

Another common symptom includes physical fatigue. Lack of energy doesn’t only mean that you don’t feel like going to the gym today, it even affects your minor activities, from going up the stairs to bending down to pick up that pencil you dropped.

This exhaustion should not be dismissed for lack of sleep or simply being moody. Depression is a burden, and a lasting toll on your body, while a bad mood hardly affects you physically.

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5. You Are Beating Yourself Down

People with depression can actually feel their self worth diminishing, and when that happens, they will practically blame themselves for anything. It can be that fight you had with a friend a day ago, all the way to that argument you had with your brother back in the 90’s.

It doesn’t matter if your logical side is telling you that you were on the right, you will still feel an overburdening guilt that will be hard to shake away. This one is actually very easy to differentiate from a bad mood, for a moody person would probably blame others, rather than himself.

6. You Are Reckless

Depression is a burden, and it constantly weighs on you mentally. It is only natural that one will try to mask that unpleasant feeling using exterior stimulation. And we all know that the best stimulates are also the riskiest. It could be ranged from gambling all the way to the substance abuse.

Risky acts will provide momentary relief, but soon enough depression will hit back several times harder, and so this is why a depressed person may enter himself into a loop, all so to forget the turmoil that is inside of him. Being moody can make you sulky, but it definitely will not lead one to this circle of self consuming.

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7. Depression Fogs Concentration

Another symptom that can be easily confused with lack of sleep, but as you probably already guessed, it can also be a sign of depression. Concentration takes self peace and silence, two things that people with depression will find hard to face. Silence only makes it easier to feel the burden in one’s chest.

This lack of concentration can make you either forget or misplace things around the house, or hinder your general productivity. A bad mood, unlike depression, does not affect your mental functions to such extent.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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