Daily Depression Busters – Five Daily Tips to Boost Your MoodPosted on Jul 3, 2012 in Articles, Blog, Confidence, Happiness, Recovering from Depression, Relaxation, Well-being | 0 comments
It can be easy to find oneself stuck in a proverbial rut in this day and age. Depression is a growing mental illness in today’s society and it is nothing to be ashamed of. There are non-medicinal measures that can be used when facing depression, as they focus on restructuring one’s life and drawing out negative influences. Restructuring one’s day can be difficult in this hectic age, but below is a list of five daily tips that will boost your mood without taking too much time out of a busy schedule.
Possibly the most effective daily depression buster is simply talking through your problems with someone. When I suffered from depression a few years ago I felt trapped, mainly because I spent too much time inside my own head, dissecting all of my thoughts and actions. The easiest way out of this particular pattern of destruction is to talk to various people, be it family, friends, counsellors or help lines, about depression or about your specific problems. With time, your problems will not even be the heart of the conversation and you may even learn to laugh once again.
2) Balanced diet
Many people overlook a change in their diet when attempting to conquer mental health problems. This can be an oversight. On a chemical level, the food that enters our body greatly determines daily moods. There is no need to completely overhaul your diet, but it is important to minimize refined carbohydrates and processed foods, such as sweets, crisps, chips and pasta, and to increase intake of complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, nuts and brown rice, which make the body feel fuller for longer. Moreover, snack on fresh fruit and nuts, as these will provide essential vitamins that will help both the body and the brain work at an optimal level.
Whilst relaxation is key in this day and age in order to boost mood, but it also tends to be the first thing to get kicked off a busy schedule. A daily half an hour dose of relaxation may be all that’s required to destress and bust depression. A friend of mine who has battled depression for a few years now swears by knitting, as all of her concentration is placed on her needles and wool and negative thoughts do not enter her head. My daily relaxation technique is cooking, as it is creative and I am in charge of my thoughts. Find a relaxation technique that is right for you, be it either of the above, music, watching films or reading or whatever. Just be sure to remove negative sources of information. For example, if reading is what helps you to relax, pick up a classic novel or an uplifting book instead of a magazine designed to pick up on women’s insecurities. Relax, and feel your mood boosted.
Exercise has been proven to help depression and is a key treatment for mild depression. Any exercise is better than no exercise, hence why this tip is not specifically about going to the gym every day. If there is a particular activity that you enjoy, then try taking it up again if you have dropped it. For those people without an avid interest in sport or an abundance of time, try going for a walk at lunchtime, or walking to work daily. Any activity that boosts the level of endorphins in your body and increases your heart rate will definitely boost your mood.
Finally it is important to get a good night’s sleep. Six to eight hours a night is necessary for most for the brain to be fully functional. Night terrors and insomnia can be associated with depression and can therefore make the illness even more severe. If this is the case, the above list of daily tips may be able to calm your body enough to finally get a good night’s rest. It is also important to have a strict sleep schedule so that your body is used to going to bed at the same time every night. Moreover, create a relaxing environment to sleep in, and ensure that your bed is not associated with any daily stresses such as work which could keep your brain active.
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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.