Depression is a horrible mental illness that over three million Americans suffer with each year. There are anti-depressants that might help some people, but they won’t work for everybody. Fighting depression is a day-to-day, constant battle for most. If you struggle with depression, there are techniques that might help you.
Travelling can be hard because of time constraints. There is a way around this and that is to rethink the word travel. You don’t have to fly somewhere, stay at a five star hotel, or rent a car. Just getting away will be good enough.
Travel alone if possible. Take a trip to anywhere you enjoy. Try to get out in nature as much as possible. Nature helps to ground your body and soul. Enjoy yourself and once you get back you will feel so much better.
2. Change Your Lifestyle
Making the smallest of changes to your lifestyle will make a big difference. If you like eating processed and greasy foods, swap them for healthier alternatives such as fresh vegetables and fruits. If you like staying up late at night, try going to bed earlier and you will wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day.
Exercising is the farthest thing from your mind when you are depressed. If you could just get yourself up and moving, you will soon begin reaping the rewards. Exercising will stimulate the heart and this will release more blood. Blood flow is important to cognitive health. Exercising will release endorphins or feel-good chemicals that help to fight stress. If you can just get up enough will power to exercise, you will never regret it.
This sounds silly, but dancing does wonders and brightens your mood. Studies show that the expressive nature of dance could help you see and then release pent-up feelings. If you don’t want to go out to a club with friends, crank up your favorite station and have a one-person dance party in your living room. You might also think about taking weekly dance lessons to have a mood booster every week.
5. Find out What Makes You Feel Happy
If you want to figure out what makes you happy, you have to ask yourself tough questions. What is it that makes you happy? How do you get back to where you were happiest? Grab some paper and a pen then write down your answers. Once you are done, you will have written down all the things you love. They will be looking you in the face. Now it’s time to get rid of all the unnecessary and negative things that are in your life. Try to focus on what makes you happy.