According to American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, the way one thinks and how one acts. Depression is often expressed with the feeling of sadness or loss interest in activities one once enjoyed. So, depression is far more than being moody. It is a serious mental health condition.
WAYS TO MANAGE DEPRESSION
Take a full charge
Life as they say is full of ups and downs. Several things are bound to make us feel depressed day in and out. Loss of loved ones, rejection, delinquency in children, disappointment at the place of work, grief over lost opportunity or frustration about life in general can continue to weigh us down if we do not take charge. In overcoming depression, all we need do is just to take a grip of ourselves, move on and be in charge.
Carefully master your diets
After several studies, diets and depression are said to have some connectedness. For instance, vit B12, magnesium and zinc have been found to be major key players in alleviating mood disorder. Mastering your diets for the sake of depression can also afford your staying away from alcohol and caffeine.
Take a healthy sleep
From studies, it is gathered that about 80 percent of all the people living with depression have sleep disturbances. Good sleep can help a lot and whenever it seems the sleep is not showing forth, identify a trigger for it. For some people, it could be a total light out while for others, country songs.
Set targets for task accomplishments
Procrastination could not only be a thief of time but also could it be a gateway to depression. When you are faced with any work, do it as and when due. So, getting yourself busy all the time could be a panacea.
Fight out negative thoughts
Several thoughts may plague the mind as a result of the experiences had in the past. Such experiences may bring with them a feeling of hatred towards oneself or somebody else, regrets over lost opportunities or why-does-everybody-hate-me syndrome. Any time the thought comes, consciously pick up something else that has once given you limitless joy in life or create a mental picture of a brighter side of life for yourself.
Adopt new habits and be creative
Adopting new habits may include going for a language class, blogging, reading fiction, acting, arranging hookups in social gathering and lots more.
Open up to your physicians
Keeping problems to ourselves will not in any way help in overcoming depression. The safest place to get solace in the context of wise counsel is with medical experts. So, consult your physicians.
Words from health gist
Take a time out to see your doctor today.
He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Yomi Adeyemo is an educationist whose passion lies in enlightening the society- making the unknown known. His hobbies are reading, writing and being around people.