All You Need To Know In Combating Depression

By Sandra Ward

Along with all the other very bad things that depression does to you, maybe the worst is that it saps your drive and your energy leaving little hope of improvement. This makes it even harder to do the things needed to help yourself feels better. Without question, combating depression is hard but it can be done. Here are just a few suggestions that may well help you escape this trap and feel better about life.

The first step is to recognize the signs of depression when it happens. There is no one definitive definition. It has been variously described as a sort of feeling where people are sad or feel empty and apathetic towards everything in their life.

Seasonal sadness is most obvious during the cold, cloudy, and dark winter months. While this weather can be depressing by itself, there are physical reasons why this depression can set in. During the winter months it can be hard to find as much fresh fruits and vegetables as during the summer.

Eating dairy products is a great way to combat sadness naturally. At latitudes further away from the equator, the sun is not as intense and sunlight alone may not be enough to meet your vitamin D requirements. Here, dairy plays a key role in supplementing them. Dairy also contains whey protein which contains tryptophan which the body makes into serotonin. It has an added benefit of keeping you feeling satisfied longer.

If your sadness is being caused by your constant judging of your own actions you really need to stop. I can't think of a single human being who has ever been "perfect" in every way. I am certainly not, and I am reasonably sure you aren't either. Part of wisdom is accepting yourself as you are and not punishing yourself because of what you are not. This certainly doesn't mean that you should not try to improve the person you are. It does mean that you must not punish yourself for the stumbles that happen along the way.

There is also thoracic costal breathing too that is breathing using your chest and ribs. You will still place a hand on your abdomen and one on your chest. However, in this case, though your chest should only move and your abdomen should stay still. With both of these, they can be done for 10 minutes, three times a day and slowly increase the length of time you do this and for how many minutes you hold your breath too.

Despair makes most of us want to hide from the world and that is not a good thing. It is a lot harder to remain depressed when in the company of others than it is when you are along and brooding. When it attacks, fight back by attending social functions. You probably won't feel like it but by attending your situation will not be as paralyzing.

For those who are seriously affected by medical doctor or psychologist to be depressed, taking antidepressants can help. These have to be prescribed by the doctor. Ask about the pros and cons of the antidepressants and make the appropriate decision. When it is given, it is critical to follow the dosage and timing. Medication does not cure depression, they only provide some relief. As such it has to be applied together with other methods.

About the Author:

No comments:

Post a Comment