Don’t drink alcoholic beverages in excess
Alcohol is a known depressant, and can often lead directly to depression or it can make depression worse. Limit your alcohol consumption, and get treatment if you think you have a problem or dependency on alcohol.
Stay in touch with friends and family
Socialising with your friends and family, even saying hello and smiling to people you run into can improve your mood. When you keep in touch with your friends and family, you’ll have people to connect with and talk to when you are feeling down.
Keep physically active
Exercise is known to improve and elevate your mood. If you haven’t exercised lately, start by taking short walks, or do yoga.
Don’t give into fears
Don’t avoid doing things that you may find difficult or challenging. Some people with depression begin to be afraid of going out, traveling, or driving. Face your specific challenges head on, and try not to allow your fears to dictate what you do.
Eating healthy can help with depression in a number of ways. A healthy diet has physical benefits which include stabilizing blood sugars and providing your body with the right nutrients to function optimally. This improves brain function and mood as well. If you are overweight, beginning to eat healthy will likely lead to weight loss, which can have a positive physical and mental effect as well. Finding comfort in food may help momentarily, but isn’t a lasting and long-term solution.
If you are on antidepressants, those medications can also affect your eating. Be aware of changes in your eating habits and try to stick to eating healthy the majority of the time.
Stick with a routine
Lack of consistency with your schedule and eating can further increase feelings of depression. Get up and go to bed as close to the same time each day and night as possible. Keeping regular waking hours will help stabilize your moods. Depression often leads to staying up too late and sleeping during the day. When sleep schedules are off, engaging in normal daily activities become harder, and your physical body is also off-schedule.
Get professional help for depression
If you find yourself depressed for more than a few days, or can’t pinpoint exactly what is making you depressed, it is probably time to get professional help. You can find help with a therapist, and if needed you can see your general practitioner who may refer you to a psychiatrist for medications, or to other resources that will help you. Don’t try to fight depression alone if it lingers.
And if you ever feel like harming yourself, immediately get help. You may contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the United States at 1-800-273-8255.