Don’t Let Depression Drag You Down

September 23rd, 20124:44 pm @

Many of us experience symptoms of depression. It drains our energy, confuses us and leaves us feeling worthless and exhausted. Depression may also lead to more serious concerns, including suicidal thoughts and actions.

In fact, suicide is now the leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 20 million people suffer from depression, and roughly 10 million individuals living with major clinical depression.

Tragically, although depression is a highly treatable condition, many sufferers don’t seek professional help.

While some depression requires serious medical and psychological attention, others individuals can find relief with simple lifestyle adjustments.

Changes to diet and exercise can offer relief from depression. Some studies show that eating complex carbohydrates and increasing B-vitamin and chromium levels may ease symptoms of depression. Leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and Omega-3 fats also provide mood stabilizing nutrients.

Additionally, mood enhancing activities can help with depression. Simple, repetitive activities such as brief walks, aerobic exercise, and biking have been shown to increase serotonin levels.

Other depression-alleviating activities include increasing social contact, focusing on positive thoughts over negative ones, and indulging in enjoyable hobbies. Regular sleeping and eating habits can also aid symptoms of depression. Even taking in a little sunlight every day can decrease the effects of depression.

Implementing a few simple changes to your life can mean the difference between sulking in the shadows and living your life.