EXPRESS YOURSELF: With depression, a person’s creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. Exercise your imagination (painting, drawing, singing, talk to someone, dancing. Etc.) Take time to play with a friend or a pet or do something fun to yourself. Find something to laugh about – see a funny movie. Laughter helps lighten your mood.
EXCERCISE: Take a 20 to 40 - 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 (ask a friend to exercise with you if you need to be motivated because that will enlighten you the more) Once you get in the exercise habit, it won’t take long to notice a change in your mood.
In addition to getting aerobic exercise, some yoga poses can help relieve feelings of depression. Try downward-facing dog or legs up-the-wall pose. (You can find these poses on a yoga website or their Instagram page or facebook.) Two other aspects of yoga – breathing exercises and meditation can also help people with depression feel better.
NURTURE YOURSELF WITH GOOD NUTRITION: Depression can affect appetite. One person may not feel like eating at all, but another might eat well. If depression has affected your eating, you will need to be extra mindful of getting the right nourishment. Proper nutrition can influence a person’s mood and energy. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and regular meals (even if you don’t feel hungry try to eat something light, like a piece of fruit to keep you going)
IDENTIFY TROUBLES BUT DO NOT DWELL ON THEM: Try to signify any situations that have contributed to your depression. When you feel something is bothering you, talk to an understanding and a caring friend. Talking is a way to release the feelings and to receive some understanding.
Once you air these thoughts and feelings, turn your attention to something good. Take action to solve the problem, ask for help if you need it. Feelings connected to friends and family can help relieve depression. It may also help them feel there’s something they can do instead of just making you feel bad.
TRY TO NOTICE GOOD THINGS: 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.
Tuesday 5th of May 2020