Depression is characterized by a persistent pattern of sadness or lack of pleasure in most activities most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. Depression can be severe and life-altering, affecting the quality of life and the happiness of those who live with it. Depression causes symptoms that negatively impact how a person thinks, feels, and copes with daily activities such as eating, sleeping, or working. Experiencing depression can make it hard to find the energy to look after yourself. But taking an active role in your treatment, and taking steps to help yourself cope with your experiences, can make a big difference in how you feel.
Here are some things you can try:
- Don’t think about it: Some people with depression actually suffer from rumination. Ruminating means repetitively going over a thought or problem without completion, and it can contribute to increased feelings of worthlessness or helplessness in depressed patients.
- Avoid social media: Increased social media usage can cause or contribute to depression and low self-esteem. Social media dramatically changed the way we communicate, socialize, and make and maintain friendships. It’s no surprise that people are more likely to develop depression from comparing themselves to others on social media than when they make comparisons in real life. So we can say social media can be an addiction which could be the region of depression.
- Boost your vitamin D, vitamin B, and omega-3 fatty acids: Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are specific nutrients that help the brain, yet often we do not get enough of either through our diets alone. We also now use sunscreen which we did not use in the old days, blocking out our skin’s absorption of Vitamin D from the sun.
- Don’t skip meals: Going too long between meals can make you feel irritable and tired, so aim to eat something at least every three to four hours. Deficiencies in B vitamins such as folic acid and B-12 can also trigger depression. To get more, take a B-complex vitamin supplement or eat more citrus fruit, leafy greens, beans, chicken, and eggs.
- Get good sleep: For lots of people who experience depression, sleeping too little or too much can be a daily problem. Getting good sleep can help to improve your mood and increase your energy levels.
- Care for a pet: Pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed both powerful antidotes to depression.
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Reported by Dr. Himani