Understanding Depression and 5 Tips to Feel Better
Winston Churchill described his depression as a black dog that followed him around constantly. The sad truth is that not much has changed in the way depression is stigmatized in society today than it was when Mr. Churchill was walking his black dog.
It is still an issue that those suffering from the illness feel must be swept under the carpet and hidden. People not suffering from depression often feel that sufferers should just get over it or grin and bear it.
However, much has changed in the way that depression has been medically defined and is being treated today than it was way back then. The first thing people need to know so that they can understand depression is that there are different types of depression.
The most common type of depression and least known is probably reactive depression. This refers to a person succumbing to depression for a short period of time as a reaction to a traumatic or sad event that has taken place in their lives.
Reactive depression can be treated with therapy or even medication on a short term basis to help speed up the recovery time but most people tend to “get over it” on their own without any help. Reactive depression can however return in a more severe form if it is not dealt with.
Clinical depression is perhaps the most well-known of the different genres of depression. This is major depression and affects sufferers on a continual or recurring basis. In other words, it may seem that a person has overcome their depression through therapy or treatment but they will often begin displaying symptoms again even with continued treatment.
Clinical depression is a mental illness such as any serious medical illness that does not recede but can be managed and lived with like diabetes. Sufferers will probably have to deal with the symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Depression is also one of the major symptoms related to Bi-polar disorder. Bipolar disorder must be treated with a cocktail of different medications as well as therapy on an ongoing basis. Bi-polar depression can also be described as mood swings meaning that a person with the disorder can suffer extreme lows followed by extreme highs.
These extreme lows are major depressive episodes and can lead to a person thinking about and even acting on suicide. The extreme highs on the other hand leave the person feeling that they are on top of the world and has been compared to the feelings of elation that a cocaine user would experience.
There are other types of depression but more important than understanding the types of depression, understand the symptoms and treatments. It is advisable for a person to seek help if they are suffering from any of the following symptoms.
– A feeling of sadness without knowing the reason why they are sad.
– Feeling as if life is not worth living.
– Thoughts of suicide.
– Being so overwrought that they cannot maintain the function of normal tasks.
Don’t feel alone and get help for depression.
Here are 5 tips to feel better and boost your mood to feel better.
Tip 1: The mind and body is ONE. Focus on positive thoughts and the Body will start to feel better. An example: When you wake up in the morning, as soon as you put your feet on the ground, stand up, stretch your arms towards the ceiling and smile, then chuckle, and STAND TALL, BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY. Keep your posture of standing tall, no slouching throughout the day. Better posture, make you feel better. A smile goes along way and stretching your arms to the ceiling says your READY TO CONQUER THE DAY! Let’s DO IT !
Tip 2: Drink More Water. It’s easy. Start with a glass of water (17 oz. or 500 ml, so that might be 2 glasses or a tall glass) first thing in the morning, add some squeezed lemon to it. Drink at least 1 glass of water (17 oz or 500 ml), every 2 hours (more if required). Water has a direct effect on positive emotions and helps boost your mood BIG TIME! Here’s just one study. Effects of Changes in Water Intake on Mood of High and Low Drinkers
Tip 3: Exercise Today: Regular exercise helps with depression in two distinct ways. Firstly, exercise releases endorphins, which are the bodies’ ‘happy’ chemicals. This release of endorphins gives an immediate lift in your mood which is often referred to as a “runners’ high”. This also helps you sleep better and lowers stress levels. Secondly, there are more long-term benefits associated with regular exercise. It helps to increases energy levels, improves muscle tone and strength, reduces body fat and makes you look fit and healthy, all of which go a long way to improving self-esteem and confidence.
Tip 4: Increase Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them. You have to get them through food.Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafoods including algae and krill, some plants, nut oils, Omega 3 eggs and unprocessed cheese.
Omega 3 decrease inflammation in the brain, which is something depression can cause in the brain. Here are 2 studies
Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Treatment of Depressive Disorders: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials
Omega-3 fatty acids in depression: a review of three studies.
Tip 5: Eliminate Processed Foods
The term ‘processed food’ applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for safety reasons or convenience. This means you may be eating more processed food than you realise. Processed foods aren’t necessarily unhealthy, but anything that’s been processed may contain added salt, sugar and fat, additives and preservatives. They are but not limited to the following common ones:
“convenience foods”, such as microwave meals or ready meals
Drinks, such as milk or soft drinks
French Fries (frozen)
Canned Fruit in Syrup
Packaged Flavored Yogurt
Non-Homemade Salad Dressings
Granola and Energy Bars
Most Protein Bars
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