The new year is a time to start fresh, to put bad habits behind you and start on a path to a better you. Some people will succeed and follow through on their resolutions while others will make it for a month and those bad habits will come back.
But if you suffer from Depression it can seem impossible to get on that path, to have any kind of motivation or ability to do anything positive for yourself. If you can start with small acts of positivity, you just may find that you can fight back those symptoms of Depression and find your own path to a more positive life.
Get Enough Sleep
So much of a healthy body and mind depends on getting enough sleep so your body can repair and rest. A well-rested body can fight disease, colds, and flu better, can lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, can focus better, avoid injuries, and improve your mood.
Even if it’s hard to get moving, your body needs to exercise. Aside from the confidence you get from being in better shape, exercise produces endorphins which boost your mood naturally.
It’s not surprising that our mind and body react badly to all of the chemicals that are put in the foods we eat. Eliminate as much processed food from your diet as you can and replace it with organic fruits and veggies and hormone-free meat products. Be sure to up your water intake too.
This one can be tough when all you really want to do is curl up in bed and binge a show on Hulu. Being around other people can give your mood a boost. Humans are naturally social creatures and thrive on connecting with others. Being social doesn’t mean you have to go to a big party; having a cup of coffee with a friend can improve your mood as well as your confidence.
Laugh a Lot
Laughter truly is the best medicine. It boosts your immune system, releases endorphins, reduces stress, lowers the risk of heart disease, and may even help you live longer. So watch a funny show or funny cat videos, go see a standup performance, or hang out with someone who makes you laugh.
Meditation has many mental health benefits. It doesn’t have to be sitting cross-legged on a pillow with your hands on your knees chanting a mantra. Meditation can be as simple as sitting in a relaxed position with your eyes closed or focused on an object, while you try to clear your mind of any thoughts as you concentrate on your breathing. Even a few minutes of meditation each day can help you be more relaxed, less stressed, more mindful, and can declutter your mind from stressful thoughts.
Everyday life can be a challenge and as we try to keep up at work, keep up at home and do all the things we feel we have to do, we sometimes forget to show those that we love how important they are. Taking the time to do this, or to show kindness to a stranger, will help you to keep your heart open.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Most people are naturally empathetic. If you surround yourself with negative people, their negativity will undoubtedly bring you down. The good news is that the opposite is also true. If you surround yourself with positive people, their positivity will lift your spirits.
For many people, these strategies are not enough. Depression is a serious disorder that affects the lives of 264 million people of all ages worldwide. If you feel that you may have symptoms of depression, see your doctor and therapist for a diagnosis and treatment options.
Treatments for Depression usually include psychotherapy and often antidepressants. If relief from symptoms isn’t found with medications, other treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may be recommended.
TMS is an effective treatment for Depression that is used when medication isn’t as effective as needed. TMS is a therapy that uses strong magnets to stimulate the area of the brain associated with Depression, allowing the patient to achieve a reduction or complete remission for the symptoms. If you suffer from Depression and medication isn’t working, call GatewayTMS today at (314)909-8487 and find out if TMS is right for you.