The loss of a loved one, professional setbacks, broken relationships, accidents and more can all cause us at some point to become downcast and sullen. For most people, these feelings pass in time and they are able to resume their normal life. But when sadness becomes hopelessness and stretches on into weeks or even months or years a person is considered depressed. How to deal with depression then becomes the most important thing in that person’s life. Should they develop effective coping mechanisms they stand a good chance of emerging from the gloom into the light. So in this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best ways to deal with depression.
7 Tips for How to Deal With Depression 1. Reduce the amount of stress in your life – Stress is a major causative factor in the development of depression. Stress causes the body to ramp up production of the hormone cortisol. While cortisol is capable of helping you deal with stress in short bursts, prolonged stress can lead to excessive cortisol production which can actually tip a person over into depression. Or at least make them more susceptible to it. So try to identify and eliminate the stressors in your life. 2. Get enough sleep – Most people commonly associate someone sleeping too much with depression. But the fact is, depression can be triggered or aggravated by not getting enough sleep. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep try these tips: If you read in bed do so using a dim light. Use the blue light filter on your smartphone. Especially if you watch videos or message others while you’re in bed. Don’t take work to bed with you. Don’t drink coffee after dinner. Try exercising, as this can lead to deep restful sleep. 3. Develop a support network – Make a point of building stronger ties with the people you trust. Oftentimes feelings of isolation aggravate depression. Having a robust support network around you alleviates the sense of being all alone in the world. But remember, it’s a two-way street. Just as you want others to be there for you, make yourself available to others who may need a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen to them. 4. Stop eating junk food – Researchers have established an unmistakable link between poor diet and depression. The evidence to support such a diet/brain connection is so strong that a new field has emerged called ‘nutritional psychiatry’ wherein doctors treat people suffering from diet-related psychiatric issues. Junk foods should be eliminated. And you should also consider taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement to address any nutritional shortfalls that may be contributing to your depression. 5. Stop procrastinating – Often depressed individuals let important things slide. They miss important appointments, fail to show up at holiday get-togethers or get in the habit of calling in sick to work. These types of procrastination more often than not generate feelings of guilt and shame and add to a person’s stress level. As a result, the person isolates even more and pretty soon procrastination becomes a self-perpetuating downward spiral. Keep appointments, make it to the holiday party and resist the urge to call in sick. Meeting your obligations will help you feel better. 6. Don’t indulge negative thoughts – Depression has a tendency to produce negative thoughts that produce negative actions that produce more negative thoughts and on and on. Break the cycle of negativity by learning to identify negative thoughts before they take on a life of their own. There are a ton of self-help books and online videos where people provide tips on how to turn negative thoughts around and how to prevent having them in the first place. 7. Keep your house or apartment clean – A dirty dwelling is another thing that can spark a downward cycle. Letting your living quarters descend into a messy, unsanitary state only feeds depressive thoughts. They then generate feelings of hopelessness that make you question why you should ever bother cleaning up. The home then gets even dirtier which, of course, creates even more negative, hopeless thoughts. Clean up on a regular basis. The Bottom Line In many cases, the best way to set yourself on the road to wellness is to break ongoing downward cycles and prevent new ones from taking hold. Of course, you will also want to explore more direct treatment for your depression. One of the most effective treatments to come along in decades is called ketamine. Ketamine For The Treatment Of Depression Though it is widely used as an anesthetic and for rapid pain relief across the globe, new research from the last two decades indicates that Ketamine may be the biggest breakthrough in the treatment of depression in more than half a century. Research indicates that up to 80% of patients can find relief after a series of IV Ketamine infusions. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression we would like to invite you to contact us for a free consultation.
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