If you find yourself stressed out and depressed, you are not alone. It is easy to become pessimistic and even depressed when the news around us is so bad and when we are faced with obstacles that are difficult to overcome. But there are ways you can fight depression and keep your attitude positive. Here are five things you can do to defeat depression.
Many studies indicate that people who pray and/or meditate are more relaxed, happier people. Studies show that people who regularly attend church and other spiritual assemblies are also less depressed.
Physical exercise releases endorphins which instantly raise your spirits and make you feel better. Get into some good, moderate exercise habits which you can easily and regularly maintain and you can keep yourself in good spirits naturally.
Reading good literature and positive self-help books can change the way you view life. Read books that inspire and encourage you, not books that make you dissatisfied with your life or that feed your depression and paranoia.
Natural remedies available over-the-counter like St. John's wort and Omega-3 fatty acids may help fight depression. However, not everyone agrees that St. John's wort and Omega-3 fatty acids are effective in treating depression. If you chose these over-the-counter products, use them in moderation and under the supervision of your doctor.
In some cases a person might need other forms of help including antidepressants and other medication which only a professional can recommend. The three most common treatments for clinical depression are psychotherapy, medication, and electroconvulsive therapy. However, in many cases of light to moderate depression, a change to a healthier lifestyle can boost your spirits and defeat depression.
Spending time with positive people is a good way to improve your attitude and listening to inspirational, classical or other soothing music can be beneficial for relaxation and lifting spirits.
If your depression is the result of a layoff, read "Handling a Layoff - Survival of the Fittest" in the Support links below.
Be sure to consult your doctor when using over-the-counter remedies and prescriptions
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