Depression pulls you down, making it difficult for you to do your normal routine. It drains your energy, drive, and motivation causing you to lose hope and sometimes become self-destructive.
Overcoming depression is not easy, you cannot beat it through sheer power although you do have some control over it. Here are five quick tips to aid in combating depression:
1. Let In Sun!
Working hard without regular breaks is a great way to build up stress and tension. Make sure you have at least one 15-minute break in the morning and the afternoon – and make sure you take a lunch break – at least 30 minutes to allow your body and brain to relax and reset. If possible, eat lunch away from your workstation – get outside in the sunshine if you can.
This is one reason why many people suffer from depression more often in winter than in the other seasons. It’s simply because the nights are longer and the days are darker. If you must stay inside for long periods, you can always lighten up your room with brighter lights to help offset the darkness. Of course, simply having lunch outside the office for a change and taking frequent walks in the early afternoon will make a big difference. A simple change in your daily routine to get more sunshine can help you overcome depression.
2. Regular exercise can help relieve stress, depression and anxiety
Exercise releases endorphins into your system and will give you a natural boost – making it harder for depression to set in.
Set A Goal – No matter how difficult or discouraging life can be, remain firm and have an unshakable belief that you are capable of doing anything you desire. It is this kind of positive attitude, you will attain a cheerful disposition to beat the blues.
3. Stop beating yourself up
Self-deprecation is a huge part of stress, depression and anxiety. Each time you beat up on yourself, you erode your confidence and self-esteem.
Avoid negative self talk – telling yourself you’re useless, worthless, stupid, hopeless, boring, ugly, and a loser. Equally, don’t let yourself believe that other people hate you, find you difficult to be around and that you’re better off being alone.
Negative self talk is incredibly powerful and they will hurt you. By accepting yourself and acknowledging that you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes, just like everyone else does, will go a long way to overcome the effects of depression.
4. Isolation is another problem experienced by stress, depression and anxiety sufferers
It is quite o.k to want some time to yourself – but it’s not o.k to be constantly alone and shun the companionship of others. When you constantly isolate yourself, you allow yourself to dwell on problems and events and beat yourself up for hours on end.
Use isolation positively by tackling a puzzle (like a jigsaw puzzle, a logic problem or a crossword), reading a book, painting, playing a musical instrument or whatever it is you have an interest in. In this way, isolation will help you to grow instead of sinking further into depression.
5. Limit your exposure to negative news….
Television, radio and newspapers are the best supply of negative news and will help lower your mood. In the main, these media service concentrate on the negative side of life: crime, corruption, war, scandal and natural disasters and can give you a distorted view of reality.
Take a break from watching the news, reading the paper or listening to the radio. Try avoiding the media for just a week to begin with – but ultimately if you can avoid it for long stretches at a time you’ll find it has a much longer lasting effect.
Try these 5 Tips today and see how much better you feel and start wiping out the symptons of depression today.