All You Need To Know In Combating Depression

By Sandra Ward

When you do not feel like getting out of bed, grab your laptop, log onto YouTube, and find a comedy video. When you do not feel like being around other people, take a drive to an open field, get out of the car, and just scream. Depression leads to bottled up emotions. Those pent up feelings can drag you down. Give yourself permission to let go of your unexpressed feelings. When you do not feel like doing physical exercise, then exercise your mind. These are just a few ways in combating depression.

The common advice to combat despair is threefold: (1) get out of bed, even when you don't feel like; (2) spend time with people you love, even though you just want to lay down and pull the covers over your head; and (3) exercise, even though you never worked out in a day in your 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.

Doing deep breathing exercises, as well as combining these with regular exercise, such as aerobics, cross training, cardiovascular training and more, it will help to elevate symptoms of hopelessness. Though checking with a doctor is always important when changing routines when it comes to mental health such as sadness. Medications that are being taken should be talked over with a doctor before quitting them and choosing to control the symptoms of despair with exercise instead.

Once you have achieved one of your written goals it is a wonderful idea to reward yourself for the accomplishment. Did you get the dishes washed? Great! Celebrate with an extra 10 minutes sleep tomorrow morning. Is the apartment clean? Even better! Reward yourself with a favorite dish or a movie. What the reward is doesn't matter in the least. By creating a system of achievable goals and rewards you take the focus off sadness and put it on positive things.

You do not have to tackle the condition all at once. In fact, the advice outlined above may only have a slight effect on your mood for a brief period of time. Nevertheless, baby steps are steps in the right direction. It has a way of creeping in and not letting go. It is only with a conscious effort that you can resume a life of normalcy.

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