No one expects to be depressed, it’s something that often creeps up on us, even if there’s nothing in particular wrong in our lives. When you’re in the middle of a depression, it can be very hard to see a way out. There are some simple things you can do to help yourself out of this tough spot. Here are some tips on how to deal with depression:
1. Know You’re Not Alone
Almost everyone is affected by depression at some point – knowing this can help you find it easier to get through. It can be really hard to reach out to loved ones when you’re in the thickness of depression, but doing so can really help you. A problem shared is a problem halved. If you’re feeling low, reach out to someone you can trust to talk through what you’re going through. If you have been feeling depressed for quite some time, it might be a good idea to seek some professional help to get to the bottom of it. In this day and age with social media, it’s easy to feel like our lives are the only ones that aren’t perfect, but the truth is people only publish their best selves. Reach out to a friend or family member that you can be honest with, someone you can trust and someone you trust to help you get the help you need.
2. Try Exercise
While exercise probably wont cure depression, it can help you through the darkness. It’s commonly known that through exercise we release things called endorphins – they’re essentially feel good chemicals that surge through your body making you feel more upbeat. If you’re feeling down or depressed, even a little bit of endorphins can go a long way. If you can find a type of exercise you love that is social, all the better. I find that social accountability is a great way to keep motivated and ensure you’re going to exercise regularly. It can also be nice to have time with friends or new friends set out each week.
3. Look At Your Diet
As science moves forward, we’re seeing more and more evidence that your gut is actually a second brain. If your stomach and digestive can influence how you feel and think so much, shouldn’t we take better care as to what we’re eating and putting in there? Absolutely! If your diet is very processed, you may be surprised to find out how much of a difference increasing your fiber intake, eating more fruit and vegetables and even incorporating a probiotic can help you feel better.
4. Consider a Supplement
How’s your sleep? Often when I’m in a period of depression, my sleep is badly affected. I stay up late worrying, thinking about issues and being generally stuck in my head. That means I can’t sleep, so I toss and turn, waking up eventually exhausted and disinterested in starting my day. It’s a hard cycle to get ahead of, but with a bit of natural supplements, you can have a great sleep again which can help you get out of your spiral. I personally like to take magnesium supplements or 5htp to help me get a better sleep. When I’m well rested, everything feels more manageable. Talk to your doctor before you take either of these supplements, especially if you are on other medications.
Depression is a hard beast to deal with, especially when you’re in the thick of it and it feels like there’s no way out. But with these four simple tips, you’ll hopefully feel a little relief. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.