Lifestyle Changes and Techniques that Could Help Manage Depression
If you’ve been feeling down lately, it’s important to find ways to deal with bouts of depression. Depending on the degree of depression you’re experiencing, and what form depression takes in your life, you may need to try different self-care solutions before you find something that helps. Since different methods work for different people, don’t be downcast if some self-or lifestyle changes don’t seem to help. There may be other things you can try that really will lift your spirits.
The vicious cycle of depression.
One way depression can get a person down is that it makes it harder to do the things you know will help. Because you’re feeling unmotivated, apathetic, or even hopeless, it’s hard to get motivated to make changes or try different activities. You may have a theoretical awareness that doing something like taking a walk, or eating a healthy meal, will make you feel better. You may have repeatedly experienced the benefit of doing these things. But your depression just keeps holding you back. It can be hard to get that motivation when you’re already feeling blah, but chances are, if you can do it, you’ll find that it helps.
Care for your physical health.
When you’re feeling down it may be harder for you to do things like eat well and exercise. But physical well-being can help alleviate depression symptoms. One of the easiest and most important things you can do to protect your bodily well-being is to stay hydrated. Always keep a water bottle handy or set a timer on your phone reminding you to go drink a hydrating beverage. Better hydration will help with cardiovascular health, the appearance of your skin, and with overall brain functioning. As well as hydrating well, you also should be sure to have nutritious meals, filled with fiber, greens, and good fats. Avoid eating too much sugar, and make sure you get some exercise in.