Matters related to the mind are always complex and hard to understand. Which is also why it is hard to resolve.
While there is no foolproof way to fight depression without an expert’s assistance, there are a few things that you can do to alleviate its paralyzing effect on you.
Also, do remember that every small step you take towards putting an effort to recovery will have a huge positive impact and gets you closer.
So here are 10 tips to fight depression.
Try to get out of bed as soon as you wake up
Yes, we understand that sometimes you may not have the energy and will power to get out of your bed and face the world.
While it is ok to stay in your bed for longer and cover yourself with your cozy blanket for protection, sometimes you have to put in some effort if you really want to fight it and overcome it.
Staying in bed for longer will only bring more negative thoughts into your head and this will continue for the rest of the day. So get out of your bed as soon as you wake up.
You obviously have to bath if you have somewhere to go. If you do not have to go anywhere, it might be easier to skip your shower. Skipping your bath does not affect your depression in any way, however, might get horrible (stink wise) if this continues on to the next day.
While bathing daily is healthy for you, it has an added benefit of making you feel refreshing. For a few people, having a bath clears their minds. So next time you feel low, you may want to have a quick shower.
Be with nature
If you do not have anywhere to go, don’t just lock yourself in your room. Get out of your house and spend time in nature. Take in the fresh air and the lush green sceneries.
Studies have shown that spending time in nature can have a positive influence on your mind and can also improve its mental state.
Exercise or go for a walk
This might be the most common tip you may hear to fight depression. Well, there is a reason why it is so common. Because it is that effective in improving your mood.
While working out can distract your mind from the negative thoughts, you can also opt to go for a long walk, which can have a calming effect on your mind.
Better yet, go for a walk in the park. You get to walk and be closer to nature at the same time.
Stop being hard on yourself
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, all the effort you put in and the poor result you see may seem futile. Don’t be hard on yourself. It is ok to face backlash during this journey.
The important thing is to appreciate yourself for trying and realizing that today’s failure is not indicative of tomorrow. Start setting small goals and reward yourself as soon as you accomplish them.
Nurture yourself through food
Many studies and research have shown a positive effect on one’s mood. Now, this does not give you a green signal to hog on junk food.
While you can do that from time to time, like in the case of rewarding yourself for achieving goals you set for yourself, in remaining cases, try to eat healthy nutritious food.
It would be even more beneficial if you can cook that food yourself instead of ordering from outside. Cooking nutritious food by yourself has the advantage of saving money, eating right, and distracting from your thoughts.
Most people mistake meditation for spiritualism. However, it is not true. You can consider meditation as a workout for your mind. It truly has the power to calm your mind and improve your mood.
However, the trick is to be patient and keep practicing.
Distract yourself from this world
Sometimes it is best to let go of your mind. Distracting from your depressive thoughts by doing something you enjoy has proven to be quite effective.
For a few people, it could be watching a movie and getting engrossed into it, for a few others it may be dancing. It is up to you to figure out what you enjoy doing that can help you switch off your brain.
Do the opposite
When you are depressed, there is this part of your brain or your thoughts that suggest you do incompetent things that do little to no help to your overall situation. In such cases, we recommend you stop listening to it or better yet do the exact opposite of it.
For example, if your brain tells you to stay in bed for longer, do the opposite of it by getting out of bed immediately.
No matter how effective the above tips might be, it is not a substitute or even close to professional help. Consulting a professional can help you in speeding up your recovery as the professional treatment will be tailored based on your condition and requirement.