Tips for Fighting Depression

As someone who’s battled with depression for most of her life, I know what it’s like to feel as if there’s no hope and no way to ever feel any better. I’ve had more than one day where taking a shower was an accomplishment all on its own. Clinical depression is the most difficult ongoing health problem that many of us ever go through, and if your depression has no cause and has been going on for more than a week, you need to turn your computer off right now and contact your doctor. Seriously, there are so many treatments available for clinical depression nowadays that there’s no reason whatsoever to suffer.

If the depression you’re feeling is more along the lines of “the blues” and you need a few tips on how to kick them, the following tips can help you get through what could otherwise be an uncomfortable day or two:

  1. Take inventory of your body. Depression can be brought on as a side effect or symptom of another disease or disorder. If you’re displaying symptoms other than depression, make an appointment to see your doctor for diagnosis.
  2. Take a walk or exercise. It may be extremely difficult to take the first step, but as you get moving your body will start to produce endorphins, which will boost your mood naturally. Exercise is sometimes referred to as “Mother Nature’s antidepressant.”
  3. Talk to someone. Depression can often result from feeling isolated and alone. Call up a friend or chat with someone on Facebook; it may not be necessary to have a deep conversation, sometimes just interacting with another human can be enough to make you feel better.
  4. Do something you love. Indulge yourself in that guilty pleasure that you don’t always have time for, or treat yourself to a comforting indulgence; it may be just the push that you need to reverse your mood.
  5. Eat some fish or a handful of nuts. These foods are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your body and helps to make your brain more receptive to the hormone serotonin, which can boost your mood and improve your outlook.
  6. Avoid negative energy. It can be difficult enough to deal with your own feelings of depression without taking on other peoples’ problems. Try to avoid people who bring you down when you’re feeling down yourself.
  7. Don’t grab a cocktail. Very few answers have ever been found in the bottom of the whiskey bottle; alcohol is a depressant and will only prove to deepen your depression. Plus, a hangover is even worse when you’re feeling depressed.
  8. Try to curb your sugar cravings. Sweets may provide a temporary solace, but they are not a good long-term solution. Complex carbohydrates offer you a more balanced energy boost and don’t have the crash associated with sugary treats.
  9. Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to moodiness, depression and fatigue. However, it’s important not to give into the desire to oversleep while you’re feeling depressed. Six to eight hours of rest is plenty.

Hopefully these tips can help you to deal with minor to mild depression. If your episodes of depression increase or stick around for more than a few days, seek help from a professional. Whether you’re dealing with a short bout of the blues or serious chronic depression, help is available.


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