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7 Ways to overcome depression during difficult times.

7 Ways to overcome depression during difficult times.

We all have experienced bad days and rough times in our lives. Reality is that happiness and sadness are momentary feelings, good and bad experiences and its external events are responsive of our feelings. We’ve experienced lost, anger, love, etc. and all that background is what make a person be the way he or she is.

Besides it sounds commercial, things will get better soon, but if you’re going through hard times, here are 10 ways that will help you and make you feel better.

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Exercise Lessons

You know exercise liberates brain chemicals and substances that change your mood immediately and make you feel better. You also will get stronger not just physically (body and immune system) but emotionally and mentally. Start with something easy and relaxing like Yoga or Meditation, and maybe including a short walk (you can walk your dog and feel doubly better by the way).

Change your routine and set a new one

Sometimes you just need to give yourself a break from everything and start again. This is the time where you start thinking everything calmed and clearer. You can start from the simplest activities like sleeping better, waking up earlier or taking a special time for breakfast (new and healthier recipes).

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Make a solo travel

It might sounds even more depressing the fact of traveling just by yourself, but you can’t imagine the amazing experience it actually is. In fact, it is recommended to travel alone at least once in our lives.

Solo traveling is a whole new experience, full of adventures and learning, this is the perfect solution for being alone and feeling absolutely fine and happy. You will learn a lot about yourself feeling in peace just meeting new friends, people, culture and places. Sounds like a perfect combination, isn’t it?

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Eat healthy and have a good diet

Have you heard the quote “healthy body, healthy mind”? Well, that’s the perfect balance you must achieve. There’s no better state than looking good and feeling fine. You will find millions of diets and nutrition tips online, you can start a new balanced plan or visit a nutritionist. There are many ways you can be physically and mentally healthier.

Analyze the situation and talk to someone or ask for help.

If you’re dealing with a breakup or going through a divorce, it is normal that you might start feeling sad or guilty and you might also miss that person. You need to let everything go to start feeling better and you can find help not just from your friends and family, but other useful online resources can help you (you can get online assistance from Lawyers, Psychologists, Doctors, etc. and also save money and time during that process).

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There are trusted medical websites like HealthWhoop that provides not only medical help and information, but also nutrition advice, mental health and exercise – fitness care.

Start writing!

You better start writing your way out of depression, because it allows you to reflect things in other ways and it also gives you the chance to see your feelings from a different perspective. You can start your own blog or do it on a traditional way and create a diary, this way you’ll get into a healthier state of mind and feel more calmed.

Surround yourself with friends and create memorable experiences.

Have you heard about the millennial generation and how they prioritize living and creating experiences over buying stuff or spending money on luxury? You could also adopt that way of being and thinking, you’ll start getting focused on personal growth and feeling satisfied with what you are and also achieve.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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