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Defeating Depression: What You Need To Do To Feel Better

May 12

Defeating Depression: What You Need To Do To Feel Better

Depression can have a detrimental effect on both your physical health and emotional well-being. Continue reading for a selection of tips and advice for battling depression.

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If you're dealing with depression, create a positive social circle. The more people you have in your life to support you, the better off you'll be when you are feeling down. In addition, having people who expect you to do things with them prevents you from staying home and wallowing.

 

As a depression sufferer, you definitely want to be communicating your feelings to someone. Speaking to someone whether it be a family member, therapist, psychiatrist or just a good friend, these people can help you work through your problems just by talking them out.

 

Allow yourself to fail sometimes. One of the biggest things people with depression struggle with is perfectionism. You don't have to do everything right all the time. Sometimes you'll get things wrong, and that's okay. Focus on what did go right instead of the things that went wrong, and move on.

 

Try to get outside as much as you can, when suffering from depression. Even if it is just for a quick walk every day, getting some sun and fresh air, can make a world of a difference for controlling depression symptoms. Sitting inside all the time, will just make you feel worse.

 

One of the best ways to battle depression is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and avoid emotional eating. People often times tend to overeat as a way to escape their depression and avoid dealing with uncomfortable inner feelings. By overeating, you are only putting off feelings that need to be dealt with and, in the long run, making your depression worse.

 

Getting an appropriate amount of sleep is also another great way to battle depression. Clinical studies have very reliably shown that both those who over sleep and those that under sleep are more prone to experience clinical depression. If you can, you should have a set sleep schedule which allows for seven or eight hours of sleep.

 

When you are experiencing a moment where the depression is less grave you should take out a notebook, diary or journal. In this book you should write a list of the things, memories, people and places that you love the most. When you are feeling exceptionally sad take out this list and read it.

 

If you suffer from holiday depression, either because of loss or because your family lives far away, consider throwing a party for other friends in the same situation. Chances are pretty good you have a neighbor or co-worker who also lacks nearby family with whom they can celebrate, and you will all feel better for getting together instead of sitting alone.

 

It can be difficult to deal with depression. However, if you are willing to put in time and effort, it can be conquered. Educate yourself on the subject, and seek the assistance of your doctor about what treatments will put you back into a happier frame of mind. Use these tips to help fight depression.