Depression & Stress Management: Techniques On How To Deal With Depression and Sadness

Depression is rampant in today’s society, almost everyone is on, or knows someone who is on antidepressants, but these medications only treat the symptoms of depression – not necessarily the causes.

Diet, exercise, positivity, and light can all play a role in mood and energy levels. But sometimes more is needed.

Using a combination of high doses of fun, bright lights or nature exposure, the right kind of exercise, and diet, you can help fight mild depression and optimize your mental performance.

If you feel depressed, it's best to do something about it — depression doesn't just go away on its own.

In addition to getting help from a doctor or therapist, here are 5 things you can do to feel better.

* Exercise

Take a 15- to 30-minute brisk walk every day — or dance, jog, or bike if you prefer. People who are depressed may not feel much like being active.

But make yourself do it anyway. Once you get in the exercise habit, it won't take long to notice a difference in your mood.

* Nutritious Diet

Depression can affect appetite. One person may not feel like eating at all, but another might overeat. Proper nutrition can influence a person's mood and energy. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get regular meals.

(even if you don't feel hungry, try to eat something light, like a piece of fruit, to keep you going).

* Get outside more.

Some studies claimed getting out and doing outdoor activities may help ease depression. The importance of sunshine and light exposure is a big aspect. Working outside can increase your productivity, happiness, and health.

*Express yourself.

With depression, a person's creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. Exercise your imagination for you will not only get those creative juices flowing, you also loosen up some positive emotions.

Take time to play with a friend or a pet, or do something fun for yourself. Find something to laugh about a funny movie, perhaps. Laughter helps lighten your mood.

*Try to notice good things and be happy about it

Depression affects a person's thoughts, making everything seem dismal, negative, and hopeless.

If depression has you noticing only the negative, make an effort to notice the good things in life. Try to notice one thing, then try to think of one more.

Consider your strengths, gifts, or blessings. Most of all, don't forget to be patient with yourself. Depression takes time to heal.