Need help with depression? If you're feeling depressed there are a number of things you can try to bring relief and prevent your depression from spiralling.
These techniques are healthy habits and beneficial for mental, emotional and physical health.
Practising them regularly will increase your sense of wellbeing, have a calming, positive impact on your depression and empower you with self help tools as additional support for depression management.
When you're feeling depressed, you may find that you cut yourself off from people, which can be damaging since you still have needs for emotional connection, friendship and communication. When you feel depressed you might not feel like spending time with people, but it can be a good idea to make an effort to do this.
When you talk with others, you are taken out of yourself and experience some distraction from your own worrying. It may also help to talk to a counsellor or therapist too, so you're able to address any issues which might be contributing to your depression.
Exercise can help with depression because it releases feel-good endorphins and relieves stress. If you exercise outside, you also increase daylight exposure which in itself can improve depression. Alongside this, to be in the proximity of nature, grass, trees, nature sounds etc has been shown to improve mental/emotional and physical health in general. Going for a run, a bike ride, swimming, or even for a short walk will get you out of the house and is a simple habit to improve your mood and general wellbeing.
When you get depressed you might stop eating properly, and this in itself will impact further on your level of depression. Even if you don't feel like it, making sure you are eating a balanced diet despite how depressed you feel can prevent your depression from spiralling.
Sometimes people start drinking more alcohol to try and self medicate, but alcohol is itself a depressant, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on your alcohol levels and develop an awareness of how alcohol impacts on your mood.
Cooking, reading, painting, DIY, or some other hobby. The process of beginning, working, focusing and finishing a product, a picture, a cake, a mended shelf, etc is a way to remind yourself you are capable, give a sense of achievement, to boost your self esteem and occupy your mind.
Another way you can help your depression is to practise some relaxation techniques and one way to do this is to slow your breathing.... read more