Do you think you could be depressed?
Sometimes we don’t know whether we’ve just fallen into a slump, need a change, are recovering from a disappointment or are becoming clinically depressed. A good way to start figuring these things out is by writing down the feelings you’re experiencing on a regular basis. Are you finding yourself losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy before? Are exercise and good eating not helping your mood?
This is in no way medical advice or a professional diagnosis – please seek professional help if you are having suicidal thoughts immediately.
Ideas on ways to help turn depression around:
Medication – There are many medications that can help with depression, but they need to be prescribed. Talk to your doctor abour your symptoms and see if thats something that can work for you.
Therapy – Psychotherapy is a really effective tool that can help you get to the root of your issues and figure out what triggers are happening in your life that are causing you to feel stuck. Getting those root issues worked out can help you feel like a new person that doesn’t even feel a need to take medication.
Exercise – Exercise is a well know antidote for depression. It is a great way to get natural dopamine flowing in the brain and help you get clarity in life decisions.
Sleep – Poor sleeping habits or insomnia can wreak havoc on your peace of mind. Make sure you are getting a full nights sleep every night.
Eating Habits – Excessive sugar, refined carbohydrates and junk food can contribute to a depressed mood. These foods make it harder for us to think clearly and feel ‘up’. Focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and take vitamins and see what they does for you. Cut out junk food for a week and see how you feel!