Depression Self Help
Surviving a depressive episode does not mean that life is suddenly beautiful. There are ways in which you can begin to change in this way.
Developing and sticking to good habits requires persistence, discipline and diligence (ask anyone who has quit smoking). But the dedication is worth it. Having spent too many days in the dark house, I do not wish to return and I am confident that neither do you.
It is important to realize that the negative views are part of the depression and typically do not accurately reflect your situation. Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect. The aim is to develop an awareness of what you really like, how you really feel, what you really value. In order to do this you have to allow yourself free thought and felling.
Try out some Depression Self Help tips:
Below are some simple exercise for depression self help, hope you will find it helpful:
The most important ingredient in getting better is hope. The key to depression recovery is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there.
Any activity that promotes endurance, flexibility or strengthening is a natural antidepressant. Exercise in particular improves circulation, brings increased blood flow and oxygen to the brain, and releases endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals.
To get the most benefit, aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day. But you can start small. Short 10-minute bursts of activity can have a positive effect on your mood.
It is widely acknowledged that if you can discipline yourself to do some form of exercise regularly, you will almost definitely feel better for it. Even a brisk walk once a day is a good start. For more exercise tips, read Read more depression self help with exercise.
Good nutrition supports the optimal functioning of your brain and body. Eat a balanced diet of healthy foods. Eating as much organic produce as possible will help to minimize the intake of chemicals and preservatives which can cause problems in sensitive individuals.
Another part of nutritional self-care is cutting back on the sweets. Studies have shown that too much sugar can foster anxiety as well as depression. Read more depression self help with balanced diet.
Even when you are just make laughing expressions, your body produces chemicals that make you feel happier. Watch films or TV programs that you enjoy. Listen to jokes you enjoy.
- Make a list of things you must do each day and tick them off as you go - this gives you a sense of achievement. If you think of something pleasant and self indulgent that you would rather do than one of your chores, then do it and enjoy it - and then write about it.
One of the most powerful ways to impact the emotions and the involuntary nervous system is through the breath. If your are stressful, stop, close your eyes and focus your breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose, directing the air deep into your belly. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this 5-10 times and u will see how this technique works.
- KEEP A DIARY:
Writing a diary is one of the best self-help methods you can use. Put down new sights and smells, new experiences of any kind. Note down everything that you have done during the day and about your feelings. Write every day, if possible. It may help to write at the same time every day, maybe after dinner or before bed. Write for yourself only.
If antidepressant medication is part of your treatment plan, it is important to take it as prescribed. Medication is not a miracle cure or a replacement for psychotherapy. For those people who cannot tolerate antidepressants or for whom they simply do not work, there are other "natural medications" you can try. What medication can do is to create an inner stability ("take the edge off," as a friend described it) that will allow you to make use of therapy. Read more depression self help with meditation.
Develop a sleep schedule - a regular time of going to sleep and arising - and stick to it. Sleep irregularities are among the early warning signs of both mania and depression.
Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Depression typically involves sleep problems. Whether you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers. A good night sleep can, believe it, help in curing depression. Read more depression self help with proper sleep.
If you believe in prayer, take regular time to pray, both by yourself and with other people. If prayer can alter physical matter, and the brain is made of material substance, then it seems reasonable that prayer can impact the brain chemistry that creates depression. Meditation involves stilling the mind so that we can hear the "still small voice" of God within and be open to spiritual guidance.
Indulge in some right brain activity. Allow yourself to become lost in something creative. Creative activity can be anything such as cooking, dancing, gardening, riding etc. It is the doing that is important - not how well you do it.
- NATURAL WORLD:
Cut yourself off from the media for a while - do not read newspapers or watch the news on TV. Give yourself a break, avoid it. Spend some time in nature. Whether it's watching a moonrise over a mountain peak, a sunset over the ocean, or simply taking a leisurely walk in your city park, spending time in nature can impart its healing touch.
So, enjoy each moment as best you can. Focus your thoughts on the little positive things. Do not let your mind race forward in time to 'what if' and do not dwell on what is past and on 'if only'.
These tips can be followed as part of your treatment, even if you are already taking the professional help in your depression. The tips are simple and following them can help you get speedy recovery and it will further prevent depression from returning back.
There are many effective treatment options for depression. To learn about them, see Depression Treatment and Therapy.
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This page, self help, is find most useful. Thank you - Sara
"Focus your thoughts on the little positive things. Do not let your mind race forward in time to 'what if' and do not dwell on what is past and on 'if only'." thats really important, thank you - Ben
I have lost hope in finding help I have tried many different self help plans I have found on the internet and I have gotten no where still having really bad ups and downs and can not control my moods and basically feel like I am going crazy because I can not control what is going on in my head. I have no insurance and really can't afford it what can I do I haven't been happy in so long I almost forget what it feels like. Pleae let me know if you know of anything that could possible help and please keep in mind I have on insurance so I can't afford anything to expensive.. - April
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