Depression, in its early phase, is a result of a long-lasting dissatisfaction with our personal, social, or professional aspects of life. It is also a consequent of a frequent daily stress and inability to find the solutions for different, usually unrealistic, inner fears, and doubts. In a word, depression appears as a reflection of the problems in our inner selves. The problem is of course the feeling of an unchangeable reality and common misconceptions about it, which can lead to other more serious mental disorders and illnesses. People usually ignore the problems or sweep them under the carpet. However, the overall feeling of apathy and disinterest is multiplied when our problems are unrealistic and imaginary. A huge mistake is to pretend as if they do or did not exist.
Depression comes slowly, and although it is usually treated with medications and counseling, we can in fact train ourselves to become mentally strong and protect ourselves, well, from ourselves, using simple natural ways and solutions.
One of the first signs of depression is loss of appetite. One just does not have a need to eat, sometimes not even to drink. In spite of the fact that sometimes eating can be very hard and even trigger other negative emotions, one needs to eat. We need the energy from the food, and certain food can help boost positive feelings and activate those happy hormones. Eating healthy and regular meals will give us the energy that has to be used somehow, and this leads us to another important habit that would help us become mentally strong and healthy as well – exercising.
When things start going down, any form of physical activity is good to boost the mood. Whether it is a short walk, in the morning or at evening, yoga, bicycling, simple workout at home, you will need to spend the calories from the food, and you will distract your mind from the problems.
Exercising will also help you sleep better, because one of the common signs of depression is also a lack of sleep. When your body is tired, you will need to rest, which is completely naturally. If you still cannot sleep – try reading a book, or listening positive, relaxing, and meditative music.
When depression is taking over you, engaging in any activity is beneficial for you. Depressed person easily loses interest in day-to-day activities, including the common activities such as washing the dishes, vacuuming, cleaning, not to mention other activities that involve concentration and focus. No trick could help you with this; the truth is that you must not allow yourself to put your life on standby. Starting from basic habits and responsibilities, developing new interests, or starting a new hobby is an important step in neutralizing negative atmosphere, thoughts, and feelings. Find something that will help you relax – sometimes spending time with other people, with whom you can share your thoughts and problems, is an adequate relaxing atmosphere.
Apart from sharing your problems, you should be with people who understand you, but who are positive. Having a support in such a delicate state of mind is crucial. When meeting your friends, do not go “dressed in your depression”. Dressing up, although seems as a trivial thing, is actually a way to keep your mind focused on present day. Studies showed that people simple feel better when they are dressed nicely and when they are satisfied with their appearance. Although this will not solve your problems, looking beautiful and keeping your body healthy can help you concentrate on the activity that is far from triggering negative feelings. Even if you are not in a mood for improving your physical appearance, dressing up is a relaxing activity, just let yourself enjoy it.
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