Overcoming Depression: It’s More than Just Having a Bad Mood

depressionDepression can strike almost anytime, and dealing with it is one of the most difficult things to do. It’s more than just having a bad mood, though; one out of 10 Americans suffer from depression every day, and it doesn’t help that people assume that those who suffer can simply snap out of it.

The Purpose of Understanding

Depression is more than just having a bad mood. Sometimes, people just need someone to talk to in order to overcome it. While there’s no denying that professional help is something you should seek, it’s also a good idea to talk with people whom you trust. Don’t be afraid to seek help from your friends and family as they may, without you knowing, have gone through something similar at one point in their lives.

The main idea here is to cultivate supportive relationships that will help keep the depressing atmosphere away. Never try to isolate yourself from people; you aren’t just making the situation worse, you may even alienate yourself unknowingly from those who genuinely want to help you.

Exercise as an Antidepressant

It may surprise you that a short jog or walk can actually help you get rid of your depression. Studies show that regular exercise can be just as effective as taking anti-depressant medication, and it has the added benefit of establishing a healthier lifestyle.

There is evidence that physical activities can trigger new cell growth in the brain, which in turn increases endorphins, mood-enhancing neurotransmitters, and relieves muscle tension. All these have a positive effect on depression, helping you relax and clear your mind of negative thoughts. If you’re feeling down, a 10-minute burst of activity can really help. Ideally, though, you should incorporate regular running or walking, or any form of rhythmic exercise to help keep your mood up.

You are What You Think

mental healthMind over matter; the power of the mind to change things is very potent, and it couldn’t be any truer when it comes to depression. When we’re depressed, we tend to focus solely on all the negativity in our attempt to find the reason we’re depressed in the first place. This inward thinking is actually counterproductive and deadly, as you may unintentionally fall deeper into the well of depression.

Instead of focusing on the negative, think about positive things. Admittedly, this can be very difficult to do, but it’s easy if you first clear your mind and set the negativity aside.

Finally, you should allow yourself to be ‘less than perfect’. The idea that we have to be the best and the greatest at everything is prevalent in most people today and when they can’t reach that, they eventually succumb to depression.

You should make yourself understand that there are certain things you can’t do or can’t reach — yet. There’s always time and another opportunity. Don’t dwell too much on the past; instead, look forward to the future.