Depression is a very serious mental illness that affects millions every year. More than 10% of people suffer from it on a daily basis. It is quite common to experience sad moods, hopelessness or suicidal thoughts. You might have heard people call it a “mental illness”, “depression” or “mental fatigue.” People with this condition often feel depressed and agitated. They may become withdrawn, anxious, irritable or even depressed over time. As they continue to live their life, they are constantly suffering from negative thoughts but also have no desire to make efforts in changing or improving them. This depression can affect your ability to maintain relationships with others.
The following tips would be very helpful for you as you plan to improve. So let’s begin!
1) Stop Smoking
Smoking is one of the leading reasons for a lot of cases of depression. If you smoke, know why you do it, stop and quit smoking whenever possible. The first thing to think about is your lifestyle. Your body requires enough air if you want to survive. Smoking doesn’t work well with the body. With nicotine, it makes everything from heart problems to blood pressure higher. So if you cannot quit smoking completely, smoking should just be limited to occasional use.
2) Exercise Regularly
Exercise helps you stay fit. Do all of your exercises. Don’t underestimate how much exercise will help you to get rid of depression. And when exercising, walk more than 30 minutes a day. Walking alone won’t do the trick but walking with any type of exercise will get your body moving better. Try out different kinds of exercises like swimming, dancing and gardening; these tend not only to help but also reduce the risk of falling ill with depression.
3) Use Medicine
Although you probably know that using medicine can be quite dangerous, it’s still good for your health and for your sanity. Since you are taking medication, consult some doctors if you experience any side effects. Moreover, do not rush to start taking medicines right away. Keep your prescriptions and medical history from other sources. Many experts recommend starting by taking anti-depressants. I am talking about those who are under 18 years old or take antidepressants for an extended period. Some anti-depressants are known to be extremely slow to clear your brain. But they come down within two weeks to one month so you have nothing to lose by taking longer period of drugs.
4) Reduce Stress
This is another good reason to go through with some simple but effective tip. There should be no stress at all. You must be capable of reducing all kinds of stresses in your life. Avoid doing such things which might worsen the conditions. For example, avoid stressful situations like sudden death of loved ones or loss of job opportunities. Also, you should pay attention to what kind of things and events trigger stress rather than simply going through with them. Stay busy, stay active, and keep yourself occupied from all sorts of stresses. All you can do is to try to reduce stress gradually. Do a little bit each day.
5) Find A Good Buddy
People with depression always struggle to build stronger connections with you. One of the best ways to strengthen your connection is with someone that understands the problem. Although sometimes you will not feel ready to share the burden with your family members. However, you can always find an appropriate person to talk to regarding the issue. Have you ever been in a relationship where someone has not been there to support a partner despite knowing the situation was difficult? Or if you find someone in your life, they don’t understand either of your mental challenges? You should remember how important it is to have a strong bond with someone else that also understands the problems. It’s only through having a solid relationship that you can develop confidence and self-esteem.
So all these tips are based on scientific research and facts and are proven to help you reduce the risk of getting depression as well as learn how to handle you own depression and also improve your life. So if you really need them, please read my previous article that contains similar information.