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5 Ways to fight depression
Posted On 4/8/2013 3:24:05 PM By-Raj
5 Ways to Fight Depression

If you feel depressed, its best to do something about it depression doesnt just go away on its own. In addition to getting help from a doctor or therapist, here are 5 things you can do to feel better.

1.Exercise. Take a 15 to 30minute brisk walk every day or dance, jog, or bike if you prefer. People who are depressed may not feel much like being active. But make yourself do it anyway (ask a friend to exercise with you if you need to be motivated). Once you get in the exercise habit, it wont take long to notice a difference in your mood.

In addition to getting aerobic exercise, some yoga poses can help relieve feelings of depression. Try downward facing dog or legs up the wall pose (you can find these poses on yoga websites). Two other aspects of yoga breathing exercises and meditation can also help people with depression feel better.

2.Nurture yourself with good nutrition. Depression can affect appetite. One person may not feel like eating at all, but another might overeat. If depression has affected your eating, you will need to be extra mindful of getting the right nourishment. Proper nutrition can influence a persons mood and energy. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get regular meals (even if you dont feel hungry, try to eat something light, like a piece of fruit, to keep you going).

3.Identify troubles, but dont dwell on them. Try to identify any situations that have contributed to your depression. When you know whats got you feeling blue and why, talk about it with a caring friend. Talking is a way to release the feelings and to receive some understanding. If there is no one to tell, pouring your heart out to a journal works just as well.

Once you air out these thoughts and feelings, turn your attention to something positive. Take action to solve problems. Ask for help if you need it. Feeling connected to friends and family can help relieve depression. (It may also help them feel there is something they can do instead of just watching you hurt.)

4.Express yourself. With depression, a persons creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. Exercise your imagination (painting, drawing, doodling, sewing, writing, dancing, composing music, etc.) and you not only get those creative juices flowing, you also loosen up some positive emotions. Take time to play with a friend or a pet, or do something fun for yourself. Find something to laugh about a funny movie, perhaps. Laughter helps lighten your mood.

5.Look on the bright side. Depression affects a persons thoughts, making everything seem dismal, negative, and hopeless. If depression has you noticing only the negative, make an effort to notice the good things in life. Try to notice one thing, then try to think of one more. Consider your strengths, gifts, or blessings. Most of all, dont forget to be patient with yourself. Depression takes time to heal.
 
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