Learn The Tricks In Combating Depression To Stay Healthy

By Sandra Ward

Depression doesn't mean the end of everything. You can help yourself and those who have it. If you found the signs, one way or another it affects your life. Now is the time to act to save your life and marriage. Combating depression is important before it gets any worse.

What can you do when you're prone to desperation and are having an "off" day? It's important to realize that when you struggle with despair, you do have some control over your mood, and it can begin as easily as taking stock of what you eat and whether you exercise.

All of us have goals. Some are very large and some are rather small. Dealing with depression makes reaching any goals difficult and that can be depressing in itself. Try making your goals smaller and more readily achievable. Even activities as simple as washing the dishes or cleaning the apartment count. Write these small goals down on paper and then check them off as they are done. You may be surprised at how good even these smaller victories feel.

When you are depressed it seems like some people you know don't want to be around you while others share your pain. Think about that and I'll bet that those who are making themselves scarce are generally happy and positive and those who love to share your misery are just as unhappy as you are. There is a lesson to be had here; depression hates happiness. As best you can, be around only positive, happy people and keep the negative folks far away. When depression doesn't have company it withers and dies.

Breathing exercises are extremely important, since more oxygen to the brain helps with many other parts of the body. This will remove toxins, improve performance and help with relaxation. When doing breathing exercises, it is best to use the abdominal and diaphragmatic. This will increase the strength of the diagram, lower respiration, uses less energy to breath and reduces the demand for oxygen.

If your depression is severe and debilitating, a social function you should consider is a support group. Sometimes run by a therapist and other times part of a community outreach program, these groups do wonders in supporting each other when the need is most critical. Not sure if your location has anything like this? A simple online search will let you know what is available in your area. And even if there isn't anything local, there are online groups you can join as well.

Despair makes most of us want to hide from the world and that is not a good thing. It is a lot harder to remain depressed when in the company of others than it is when you are along and brooding. When it attacks, fight back by attending social functions. You probably won't feel like it but by attending your situation will not be as paralyzing.

For those who are seriously affected by medical doctor or psychologist to be depressed, taking antidepressants can help. These have to be prescribed by the doctor. Ask about the pros and cons of the antidepressants and make the appropriate decision. When it is given, it is critical to follow the dosage and timing. Medication does not cure depression, they only provide some relief. As such it has to be applied together with other methods.

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