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Six Ways To Alleviate Depression

Six Ways To Alleviate Depression

Depression can be crippling, and it can lead to a great deal of suffering. It also can be extremely hard to get rid of. However, there are proven steps that you can take to temporarily alleviate feelings of depression. These six tips can help you to cope with depression.

Get Exercise

While the benefits of exercise for physical health are well known, many people aren’t aware of exercise’s benefits on mental health. When you exercise, it raises the levels of ‘feel good’ hormones in your brain. This can help reduce depression. While aerobic exercise can be extremely beneficial, other types of exercise can also be beneficial. For instance, yoga is well known for its positive effects on depression. In addition, the breathing exercises within yoga are especially helpful to fight depression.

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Try To Notice Positive Things

When depression sets in, it can be difficult to notice the good things in life. However, trying to notice the positive rather than the negative can help you overcome depression. Even if the positive things that you notice are small, this practice can still have a beneficial effect on your mood. Once you notice one positive event, it will help to train your mind to notice the positive more and more. In addition to noticing positive things that are happening around you, try to take notice of talents and gifts that you have. This also can help to lift your spirits.

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Eat A Healthy Diet

Diet can have a powerful effect on mood. There are several dietary factors that depression sufferers need to consider. It’s important to ensure that you are getting all the essential nutrients, such as important vitamins and minerals. It also is important to make sure that you are eating the right number of calories. While some individuals with depression are likely to undereat, others may overeat. This can lead to weight gain or loss, which can exacerbate feelings of depression. In addition, it is important to make sure that you get enough of certain nutrients, such as Omega-3 and magnesium. Omega-3 has well-documented effects on brain health, including the ability to help relieve depression. Magnesium is also known to have positive effects on brain health and can help to relieve depression.

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Be Aware Of The Causes Of Your Depression, But Avoid Dwelling On Negativity

Becoming aware of the causes of your depression can help you to solve underlying issues, but be aware that dwelling on negativity can cause you to become more depressed. If you identify one of the causes for your depression, it is important to talk it over with a caring friend or family member. However, it is best to try to turn your focus toward something positive in addition to working on the issue(s) that are causing your depression.

Self Expression Is Important

Expressing yourself through artwork or writing can help to relieve depression. This can give you an outlet for your negative feelings. In addition, it can help you to also notice positive things in your life. There are many other ways that you can express yourself. In addition to artwork or writing, you can find ways to express positive emotions by watching a funny or entertaining movie. It is often said that laughter is the best medicine, and this is often the case with regard to depression.

Seek Professional Advice

If you are suffering from depression, it is a good idea to seek professional counseling. If you find the right counselor, you will be able to thoroughly discuss the issues that are causing your depression as well as things that make you feel better. When you are looking for a counselor, it is a good idea to read reviews of him or her online to ensure that you will find a skilled individual who is a good match for you. Luckily, there are many options for skilled counselors in most regions of the country.

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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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