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Six Ways To Alleviate Depression

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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.

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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 January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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