Last week I wrote about Men and Depression, so this week I will list some tips to help deal with depression.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems today, with affects between 17 and 21 adults in the United State are diagnosed with depression each year. While medications can be effective in helping you feel better, there are other things you can do to ease Depression.
1) Do not sleep too much. Staying in bed or taking naps throughout the day will only worsen depression and make it much harder to cope with. Try your hardest to wake up at the same time each morning and go to sleep at the same time every night. This may be difficult, but it will become easier once you get into a routine.
2) Eat Well. A healthy and balanced diet will not only help the way you feel, but will also improve your thought patterns. Eat regularly and aim to eat 3 balanced meals each day. Quality food is vital in order for your mind and body to work properly.
3) Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself to things that are calming and improve your mood. Scented candles, bubble baths, and tranquil environment can help you feel better. Find relaxing activities that help you unwind. Listening to music or reading are a few examples. Allowing yourself even just 15 minutes of downtime can make all the difference.
4) Practice self-acceptance. Do not let others define you. Accept yourself for who you are; not who others would like you to be. There is not a single person in this world that is perfect, everyone possesses good qualities as well as bad qualities. Many different qualities, including personality, background, character and sexuality make us who we are. Everyone in this world has something to offer, and everyone is entitled to respect.
If you or someone you know has depression please have them seek professional help. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.