Depression can occur at any age. Some mood changes and depressed feelings occur with normal hormonal changes. But hormonal changes alone don’t cause depression. Other biological factors, inherited traits, and personal life circumstances and experiences are associated with a higher risk of depression. Here are easy and quick ways to deal with this problem. I’ve tried most of them and I can bet they are very effective.
Talk to someone
Reaching out is not a sign of weakness and it won’t mean you’re a burden to others. The truth is that most people are flattered if you trust them enough to confide in them. Talk to someone face to face . The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. But it has to be face to face— communicating via text, social media, or phone just doesn’t have the same effect. Just be sure this person can share in your situation and has a listening ear. You could turn to friends and family who make you feel loved and cared for.
Expose yourself to sunlight
A lot of us are mostly in the confines of our rooms (be it office or home) so much that we begin to feel uneasy. Lack of sunlight can make depression worse. Take a short walk outdoors . Aim for at least 10-15 minutes of sunlight a day to boost your mood, at least that is what break times are meant for.
Do things that you enjoy
Activities that give you some joy and spark happiness in you are very useful during mood swings. Read a good book. Pick up a former hobby you used to like. Express yourself creatively through music, art, or writing. Go out with friends. Take a day trip to a museum, or an attraction site. Share love with People you enjoy being around and make sure your mind is shifted from things that keep you unhappy.
Spend time with nature
This is a great way to shed off some bad emotions. Take a walk and feel the wind blow around you. Breath in and out some fresh air. Enjoy nature, admire some flowers, birds and butterflies. Go to the beach and view how the waves and tides move. Visit the zoo. Sit in the green grass and enjoy its smell. Just make sure you are in tune with nature.
Do something spontaneous
Try doing something out-of-the-world. The idea is to try something new, or what you may describe as crazy. For instance learn new things you have not tried before such as driving, cooking a creative meal, learning a new dance (Salsa or Kizomba). Go for piano lessons. Learn a new language. Travel to a new place just to change the environment.
Exercise is a powerful tool for dealing with depression. Regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication at relieving symptoms of depression. Physical activity reduces stress and releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Take a walk, jog, or jump a rope to make you feel better in a short while.
Practice positive self-talk
Talk to yourself positively. Declare good things about yourself. You can simply write out good things and read them to yourself while looking into a mirror. Words like, “I’m worthy”, “I’m beautiful”, “I’m a winner”, can make you feel a bit better. Your subconscious mind registers this information and calms your nerves making you better relaxed than you were before.
The mind can get tired resulting in stress and depression. Take short naps to help regain some energy. Also, try having enough sleep of about eight hours if you have not have that in a while.
Depression typically involves sleep problems; whether you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers. Get on a better mood by practicing healthy sleep habits.
Don’t skip meals
Your eating habits may also affect your mood. Try to eat breakfast, lunch and supper to boost an active and happy energy.
Indulge in more fruits, green leafy vegetables, and try out new tasty meals that will make you even more excited. Banana is a great anti-depressant too.
Get professional help
If none of the above is doing the magic, then it’s time to seek real help from the professionals. Sometimes the negative thinking in depression can make you feel like you’re a lost cause, but depression can be treated and you can feel better. Depression medications diagnosed by a doctor can help keep you calm whereas therapies may help you feel the more better.
The key to fighting depression is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there. Draw upon whatever resources you have. Take things one day at a time and reward yourself for each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they’ll quickly add up.