Depression Management

depression-management

Depression can cause you to lose interest in everyday activities. You may also experience a lack of energy and feelings that you’re disconnected from the rest of the world. Although you may manage your depression by building a strong support system of friends and family, there are times when you need to know how to ease your symptoms by doing things alone.

The following are ideas on how to manage your depression.

Start Your Engine with Physical Activity

It’s common for people with depression to experience symptoms year-round. Sometimes easy fixes such as following a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fresh water can help elevate moods. Physicians who treat patients with depression also find regular exercise to be most beneficial in combating the hopeless feelings. Physical activities such as walking, bike riding, running, weight training, aerobics and golfing promote important chemicals in the brain that boosts a person’s mood and reduces symptoms of depression. Even if you’re not a serious athlete, keeping the body moving with activities you enjoy most can recharge your engine and improve your happiness.

Meditation and Relaxation

If you’ve suffer from depression, you know simple tasks such as getting out of bed and going to work can seem like a chore. But researchers find that managing depression through meditation and relaxation interrupts negative thoughts in patients. Research performed at the University of Oxford in England showed that simple relaxing moves significantly lowered stress and reduced negative feelings from reoccurring. Whether you incorporate modern behavior and cognitive therapy or you follow basic meditation classes, it can put you in a more relaxed state of mind.

Pet Companionship

Owning a pet requires a lot of work and time. But it can also provide people with depression a sense of purpose. Dogs, cats and other pets also help lessen feelings of loneliness. Before you take on the responsibility, you want to do your research to ensure that you’re getting the right type of pet. If you have a lot of time to devote to a faithful, four-legged companion, a dog may be ideal for helping alleviate symptoms of depression. It’s a great way to get out and move, and you’re sure to meet other pet lovers. But if your depression is more severe, a pet that requires less demand may be better. Fish, birds or some other smaller mammal are better suited.

Yoga

Yoga is an activity that uses different poses to enhance a person’s flexibility. Research from the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal also found yoga helps reduce depression. The balance, stretching and breathing movements found in yoga are instrumental in easing anxiety, fatigue, anger and depression. This solo exercise is best when you are able to give it your full attention, so schedule time for a regular class.

Gardening and Yard Work

Depression is more than just sad feelings. It could also cause you to feel worthless, anxious, despondent and angry. Another great solo activity to manage depression is gardening. Engaging your mind in a creative process such as planting flowers, tending vegetables, planting trees and getting your hands dirty in the soil helps redirect negative thoughts with something uplifting. Enjoying the outdoors and sunshine can also prove helpful for those with depression. If you don’t have a yard, you can still enjoy a “green thumb” by potting plants both indoors and outdoors.

Get Lost in a Book

Individuals with mild cases of depression may find getting lost in a book to help ease their symptoms. From self-help and motivational to fiction and biographies, the reading material can help lift your mood and move it in a healthier direction. You can also focus on authors and writing styles that you find most enjoyable.

When you’re battling depression, you may feel like your life is spinning out of control. Although finding a friend or loved one to help boost your mood can prove helpful, there are times when you need to rely on your own companionship. The above examples are excellent solo activities that can help you overcome your feelings of sadness and despair.

Nisha Pandey

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