If you have been feeling more depressed lately, then it may be time to take a serious look at your lifestyle. Making some simple self-help changes may help you feel better.
Stick to a Sleep Routine
Some people with depression try to sleep all the time while others sleep very little. Both can affect your emotional health. Instead, stick to a sleep routine by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. Avoid the temptation to take long naps during the day. Creating a bedtime routine can help your body know when it is time to wind down for the day. If you have trouble falling asleep, think about using a diffuser and diffusing an essential oil blend containing lavender, ylang-ylang, and peppermint.
Share the Stress
If you have been under a lot of stress at work, home, or with other responsibilities, then it can be tough to handle and you may find yourself becoming depressed. Try talking to those closest to you to see if they would be willing to help carry the load. Many people get so caught up in their own world that they do not realize that you need help until you ask. You may find it tough to ask, but it can often be an important first step in getting needed depression help.
If you tend to vegetate in one spot when you are depressed, then get moving. Going for a little walk can help your body create a natural high. Help it out by making it a point to notice five things on your walk that are beautiful. Then, when you get back home, write them down and watch your list grow a little each day.
Make a Healthy Drink
Many people turn to alcohol when they are depressed, but you should turn to healthy drinks instead. Start drinking the recommended amount of water. If you hate plain water, consider adding some fresh lemon or cucumber to it. Making smoothies at home with bananas, berries and Greek yogurt can help.
There are many great projects that need volunteers to keep them operating. Most people feel better when they are making a positive change in the world. Before you go volunteer each time, think about one positive thing that is happening in your life so that you can share it. This will help your co-volunteers feel more positive and may help stop any negative chatter.
Get a Physical
Especially in females, hormones can make a huge difference in how you feel. There are other health conditions that can impact you emotionally, so get a physical at least annually. Then, if issues are found, start making positive changes in your life to take control of those challenges. While medicine may be necessary, often you can control many issues with the right diet and exercise.
If you have tried these ideas and are not seeing the results you want, contact American Behavioral Clinics today. We are here to offer help with depression.