While depression is a serious illness, you can fight back against it and win if you know what to do when it strikes. Self help techniques are very effective for mild to moderate depression, where you are still functional – you can get out of bed, go to work and be productive. In such cases, researchers at Harvard Medical School have proven that meds are ineffective (not to mention dangerous). But be careful – if you don’t learn how to deal with moderate depression, it can turn into more severe depression, when you may no longer be functional. At that point, it’s important to seek the advice of a doctor – I prefer a natural medicine practitioner because they don’t pump you up with drugs.
Here are some quick tips to relieve mild or moderate depression
Spend your time with people who share positive attitudes, goals, and beliefs. These kinds of people can help raise your spirits when times are tough.
- If you’re religious, your church is a good place to find supportive people.
- If you’re not a religious person, there are plenty of groups, both online and offline, where you’ll find like-minded, happy, positive, and supportive influences. Search in your community or do an online search for forums with your interests.
- Get involved in a support group for people with depression. These people, like you, are finding ways to conquer their depression.
- Get moving! Exercise is one of the best ways to feel better. You’ll have more energy and it’s a great mood-booster as well. Start small if you need to, but work your way up to 3-5 times of focused exercise per week.
- With exercise as a part of your regular routine, you’ll feel like smiling again. Your desire to have hobbies, friendships, and life experiences will come flowing back!
- Pay attention to what you’re eating. A lot of fatty, high-calorie foods can make you feel sluggish. If you’re feeling depressed, these “comfort foods” can make you tired and increase your desire to remain on the couch. Instead, have something healthy like fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid changing your diet drastically all at once because that’s more difficult to stick to. Just start making small changes. You’ll be surprised how much of an effect it has on you, and in such a short period of time, too.
There’s Even More You Can Do To Conquer Depression
You can feel better more quickly if you’re dedicated to making changes in your life. These changes can start out small so you feel comfortable making them. For example, if you use positive affirmations each day when you wake up, soon enough your subconscious will believe it and you’ll realize that you really are waking up feeling good.
Say positive things when you wake up, before you go to bed at night, and any time you just need a boost. It may seem strange to you, but your mind just might start to internalize and believe them.
These positive statements, or affirmations, can change your life, one thought at a time.
The things you tell yourself often become reality; therefore you can choose to make your reality a good one. Make a commitment today to feeling better and you’ll soon start to see your depression fade into a memory of the past. Of course, ensure you consult with your doctor and health professionals before making any drastic lifestyle changes.
Ultimately, you must find out what’s causing the depression. I discovered that I was repeating some mistakes that made and kept me depressed. Once I understood what the mistakes were, I could recognize them, heal them and beat the depression and get my life back. Click on the link to learn more about the mistakes that make and keep you depressed.