Everybody has had a feeling of depression at some point in their lives. You would hardly be human if you didn’t. Depression that lasts longer than two weeks is considered Major Depressive Disorder which needs medical attention for someone who is struggling to find an end. Then there are the bouts of depression that come and go mostly because of self-pity, ego, and lack of control that would not be diagnosed as Major Depressive Disorder, but they may temporarily feel like it.
Trying to navigate your depression during these low times to hopefully keep them from escalating can be difficult. Finding the right solution to your specific situation can become a reality if you try a few tips to break the patterns of your depression.
Get out of bed
You may feel like you could hibernate for days on end so that you do not face what you are trying to avoid. By not getting out of bed during the daylight hours, you are really just putting off the inevitable situations that you will eventually have to deal with. Prepare to get up at the same time every morning and then go to bed at the same time every night so that you have some motivation to take on the day.
Get into activities
Not having activities to do will give you a reason to isolate amongst your normal dwellings. Find ways to be of service, attend a meeting, go to coffee with a friend, or anything that you can participate in that will keep you from moping around. Have a reason to get out of the house every day to be around positive people no matter how uninterested you are in actually doing that.
Exercise is a great way to get rid of depression by becoming physically and mentally stronger. By doing regular exercise, your body can get a natural high from the endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine produced during physical activity. These feel-good chemicals produced in the brain will give you a boost in your productivity, and more importantly, assist in quickly enhancing your mood.
Depression is nothing to take lightly. If these tips are not working and you cannot seem to lighten your depression, please get help from a healthcare professional to weigh out your options. Taking care of yourself is extremely important and may exacerbate substance abuse or any other addictions that you may use to cope with your depression.
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