Feeling depressed is like having the weight of the world on your shoulders. It can also feel like nothing can make you feel better. Depression steals your motivation, self-esteem, and overall happiness… but there’s things that can fight these symptoms. If you feel like depression is taking control, here’s 3 ways to fight depression.
1. Recognizing there’s a problem.
You can’t fight depression if you don’t know it’s happening to you. You first want to acknowledge if depression is something you’re struggling with. Do you feel lethargic, apathetic, and/or unmotivated most days? Do you feel like not being around would be a lot better for everyone else? Do you want to sleep most of the time or experience insomnia most days? Does it feel impossible to get excited about things that used to make you happy? If you’re answering yes to these questions, depressive symptoms may have crept into your life. But don’t worry they don’t have to stay there.
2. Food and movement as medicine.
Depression has been directly linked to bacteria in the gut as well as sedentary lifestyle. Your gut is your second brain. This means whatever food you eat impacts your brain. Crazy right? Take an honest look at what you’re eating on a daily basis. If you’re diet mainly consists on things out of a box, it’s time to re-evaluate. When you’re feeling depressed the last thing you want to do is move, but your lack of movement could be making your depressive symptoms worse.
3. Talk therapy and mindfulness is clutch.
Talking about your thoughts, feelings, and emotions has been shown to be a powerful way to combat depression. Sitting is silence tends in exacerbate depressive symptoms. Find a friend with a listening ear or a professional to express yourself. The evidence for using mindfulness exercises to combat depressive symptoms is undeniable. Find a therapist who also uses a mindfulness approach and you can kill two birds with one stone.
One in four people are diagnosed with depression. You’re not alone. Many many people feel the way to you feel.
There’s nothing wrong with you, we just have to make a shift.
You don’t have to sit with these feelings alone. You can start by zeroing in on one of the above ways to fight depression to get started.
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