9 Easy Ways To Cure Depression
Depression affects a lot of people across the world. The go-to treatment always seems to be some pharmaceutical pill with unpredictable side-effects, leaving some to wonder if they should even seek treatment out. Many people treat their depression at home in a few different ways.
Here are a couple of things you can do to treat the depression that has been weighing you down:
1. Get Sleep
Those affected by depression find it very difficult to get to sleep during the night. Not getting enough sleep can make your depression worse, so do what you can to make sure you get the most rest.
Instead of napping throughout the day, tough it out till 9 or 10 pm. Give yourself a sleeping schedule, waking and sleeping at the same time each day. Having proper sleep patterns can help you both in body and mind, giving you more energy to focus on trying to be happier.
2. Be Responsible
Depression can really drag a person down and essential drain their motivation to work. Do your best to stay grounded. Give yourself a set of responsibilities to take care of to maintain a busy lifestyle that does not allow you to wallow. Count each victory, no matter how small you may think it is.
Don’t feel like working a full shift every day? Take on part-time work and see how that feels first.
Exercise is a great way to maintain physical health. It helps to maintain healthy lungs and a heart. It’s also a great way to relieve depression and give you a temporary boost. When you exert yourself physically, feel-good chemicals known as endorphins are released.
“Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewrite itself,” says one doctor.
You don’t have to run to the gym and go through a free weight regimen. Just walking thirty minutes a day will help you feel better.
When the discussion of meditation comes up, most will share that they believe there is something complicated to it. On the contrary, you just need a quiet place where you feel the most comfortable.
After finding the right place, you can set on some relaxing music to help you focus. Sorting out your thoughts will help to improve your overall mood and may reduce physical stress as well.
5. Try Something New
Too many times we are discouraged from trying something we have always wanted to do. The depression keeps you in a rut. Get yourself up and do something you have not done before. Do some volunteer work at the local shelter, learn a new language, or go to your local museum. You won’t know how you’ll feel until you’ve already tried it.
6. Have Fun
Do the things that you find the most fun. Thinking that you won’t enjoy something may simply be your depression talking. You have to keep making the effort, even if you don’t think you’ll take any joy from the activity.
See that action movie you’ve heard so much about, or go to that new coffee house the bookstore clerk mentioned last week.
7. Mood Diary
According to Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, “This is a tool used to train someone to keep track of positive things that are happenings in their lives and not let single negative events wear them down.”
This tool will help to remind you that life can be full of more good things than the negative events we find hard to let go of.
8. Find a Group
There are support groups available for those affected by depression. You gain the opportunity to learn how others are affected by the same problems and how they deal with it.
If group therapy is not your thing, then you can always seek out a group that shares similar interests. Try finding a group that shares interest similar to yours and immerse yourself in the different activities they participate in.
9. Manage Stress
The hectic happenings of day-to-day activity may eventually weigh so heavily, you find it hard to keep going. It feels like you never catch a break because you are always either at work, helping the family move, or driving a friend somewhere.
Relax and slow things down. If you really don’t feel like doing something, let the person asking know so. Say no to that extra shift on Saturday, tell the person chatting you up that you’re short on time.
You have a right to lower your stress levels in ways that you see fit.