Depression can feel like being at the bottom of a very deep and dark hole and not knowing how to climb out. When we are in that state our focus on all of the feelings that come with depression take over and it can seem almost impossible to think of anything else.
I’ve been there and at times I can find that I’m falling into that hole, fortunately over the years I’ve learned and practiced several things that keep me from slipping into those overwhelmingly negative thoughts.
*Consider adopting an animal. Studies have shown that people who own pets, including cats or dogs, live a happier and much healthier life. The reason is because pets provide company and unconditional love, which is one of the causes that they may help to eliminate minor instances of depression and/or stress.
*A regular fitness program may help to treat depressive disorders, including walking or a leisurely jog. Experts believe that walking for thirty minutes every day may help to reduce the risk of certain conditions and diseases such as Type II Diabetes and some cancers. Having a dog to walk is a great way to ensure that you get your daily walk!
*Find a hobby that you enjoy. If you have too much time on your hands, consider volunteering at a local hospital or becoming engaged in some type of community activity that offers you personal satisfaction and enjoyment.
*Not getting enough sleep is one of the best causes of stress, which is directly related to depression. So as to enhance the quality of your sleeping, make sure that your mattress is comfortable, alongside with your pillow. That may also help to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature so that you can sleep soundly through the night without having to be disrupted by hot or cold temperature ranges. And finally, the utilization of transportable air filters will help to remove allergens up and will leave your room with a feeling of cleanliness. This could help to ease allergy symptoms, which frequently disrupt sleep and can result in anxiety throughout the day.
*Consider the cause of your depression and try to remove it from your life. Whether it is a job or a relationship, you might be able to effectively eliminate the depression by getting away from the cause. In case your work is stressful due to the amount of hours spent on the job, consider reducing overtime in exchange for more entertainment at home and with family. If your schoolwork is too demanding, consider evaluating your courses and which are most important for your education. In case a relationship is what has you in a rut, consider an advising session for couples or consult with your partner about whatever it is honestly, that is troubling you. If the issue is too great to work through, consider some time apart to reevaluate your relationship and see if the depression helps reduce after having a trial separation.
I’ve also learned that depression can come about when we think we don’t have choices in life and that is simply not true. Time away from stressful situations and a focus on who we are and what we truly want out of life is important in forming a healthy relationship with ourselves and with others.
*This article is used for informational purposes only and not meant as diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.