Dealing with depression can leave you drained, hopeless, and tired. There is no way to just “snap out of it”, which can make some days feel worse than others. Managing your depression is all about taking small steps to ensuring both your physical and mental health. It’s not a one and done type of treatment management. Here are five different ways to making managing your depression easier.
Stay in Touch
When a particularly tough depressive episode comes on, it can be easy to rationalize social isolation. However, withdrawing from friends and family can dramatically affect your mood. Socializing with friends and family gives you an opportunity to get out of your head. Also, friends and family can often be safe spaces for you to express how you’re feeling when you are feeling low.
While this tip can be one of the more controversial ones, it is also one of the most beneficial ones. Easier said than done, getting active can help to lift your spirits and keep depression manageable. Exercise helps to release endorphins which boost your mood and make you feel good. Simple activities like walking, bike riding or yoga are all excellent ideas. Of course, you can always join a class which will help to ensure you actually go due to the accountability factor.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
It’s really quite tempting to come home after a tough day of “saving face” and drowning in a bottle of wine. However, alcohol is a depressant and will only worsen your mood. Additionally, drugs alter your brain’s chemistry and can make medication treatment much more complicated. After a rough day try going for a walk, taking a bath, or meeting with a friend for a green tea latte.
Stick to a Schedule
Depressive episodes can bring poor sleeping schedules, poor diet, and usually very little exercise routines. As hard as it may be, keeping a strict schedule can help you avoid from falling into a deep depressive episode. Things like waking up at the same time every day, eating at the same time, and going to sleep at the same time can save you from yourself. Don’t be ashamed to set alarms for things eating or drinking water as it can be easy to forget, especially during the busy workday.
Talk to a Therapist
Therapy can be a great way to get your thoughts and feelings out of your head. Therapy can help you adjust your life and schedule into ways that reduce stressors and boost confidence. Additionally, many people report that after seeking therapy they felt an improvement in their thinking and self-esteem. There are many different types of therapies out there, so it’s important to take your time and find the one that works best for you.
Some Final Thoughts…
If you have been experiencing depression or depressive episodes, it’s time to talk to someone who can help. While many of these tips are things you can do on your own, there are some things that just work better with the help of a professional. Needing additional help is no reason to feel down about yourself and many people find it beneficial to all aspects of their lives. If you or loved one are interested in speaking with someone, please call us today to make an appointment.