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Five Ways to Fight Depression
Home Self-Improvement Psychology
By: Sven Cooke Email Article
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If you feel depressed, it's best to do something about it. It is nothing to be afraid of or be ashamed of. Depression doesn't just go away on its own, you need to identify it and deal with it, using professional or self help techniques.

In addition to getting help from a professional, a doctor or a therapist, there are five methods you can do to help you feel better.

One - Exercise.

Take a half hour brisk walk each 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 won't take long to notice a difference in your mood.

Also 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 any of the numerous yoga websites). Two other aspects of yoga breathing exercises and meditation can also help people with depression feel better.

Two - 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'll need to be extra mindful of getting the right nourishment. Proper nutrition can influence a person's mood and energy. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get regular meals(even if you don't feel hungry, try to eat something light, like a piece of fruit, to keep you going).

Three - Identify troubles, but don't dwell on them.

Try to identify any situations that have contributed to your depression. When you know what's 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's no one to tell, why not try 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's something they can do instead of just watching you hurt.)

Four - Express yourself.

With depression, a person's 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 emotions 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 and helps you to feel much better.

Five - Look on the bright-side.

Depression affects a person's 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 strong points, gifts, or blessings. Most of all, don't forget to be patient with yourself.

Depression takes time to cure. Take you time. Ask for help and share your problems with those you love.

Thanks for reading my article. I hope it helped you. I have suffered and with the love of my family overcame depressive spells.

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A useful article. Depression is a horrid ailment that not only affects those suffering but also everyone around them
January 10, 2012 02:12:04
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