Tips for Combating Depression

According to statistics, one out of ten adults reported experiencing at least one episode of depression in their life. Many people report a single episode while others described their depression as chronic and ongoing. Depression is a mental illness that can be costly and debilitating to sufferers. It can adversely affect the course and outcome of common chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Depression also can result in increased work absenteeism, short-term disability, and decreased productivity. In an age where we tend to rely on a pill to make our symptoms disappear, incorporating some of these tips can be effective in managing depression.

Talk about your feelings and situations
Eat healthy
Get moving
Don’t drink too much
Get enough rest and sleep
Take a break with some “me” time
Accept yourself-give yourself positive affirmations
Keep a journal
Caring for others-including pets
Spend time outdoors
Enjoy sunlight
Socialize-avoid associating with negative people
Become aware of your thoughts-you are what you think
Enjoy entertainment
Listen or play music
Seek professional help to help manage your depression


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