Depression is like a bad memory that keeps haunting us, the more we try to get rid of it. Depression is a pervasive feeling. It’s almost as if you are in a black tunnel with no light. Hope disappears and the things you used to find enjoyable become a chore. But there are ways other than taking pills to avoid depression.
- Get enough sleep
Sleep always comes in extremes when you are depressed, either too much or too less. So try to follow a regular sleep habit. Put this on your TO-DO List for 21 days and see the miracles it can perform on you. Sleep at 10 pm and wake up at 6 am. A fixed time to wake and sleep will improve your mental state.
- Exercise regularly
“Exercise appears to be an antidepressant in its own right and may act like an antidote to stress,” says Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Yale University and director of the Yale Depression Research Program, in New Haven, Conn. So exercise can help you always.
- Share your thoughts and experiences
Your loved ones are always there for you. So next time you feel low about yourself, try talking to a person who is close to you and tell them whatever is going on inside that head, just talk your thoughts to them and see how they can help you recover.
- Listen to upbeat music
music is food for the soul. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve your mood.
- Distraction and negative self-talk
Try diverting your attention from the way you feel and distract your attention to other things around you, like the nature or people. Also avoid punishing yourself with the negative self-talk, its not going to help you in anyways.