Listen to upbeat music-Music has always been a food for every soul. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve our mood.
Include Omega 3 Fatty acids in your diet-Research has shown that depressed people often lack a fatty acid known as EPA. Regular intake of it helps in alleviating symptoms like anxiety, sleep disorders, unexplained feelings of sadness, suicidal thoughts, and decreased sex drive. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good in lowering cholesterol and improving cardiovascular health. It can be found in walnuts, flaxseed and oily fish like salmon or tuna.
Forgive others-When we hold a grudge, we are the ones that feel the anger which in turn affects us. So find a way to forgive. And once you lighten the emotional load, you will improve your mood which will help you to overcome depression.
See a psychologist-Every ailment gets cured on visiting a doctor and following the medications prescribed by him/her. Depression, too, is a disease. Hence, it can also be treated easily when we see a psychologist. Not only we are benefitted by the drugs he/she prescribes but venting out our feelings or sharing our worries with them lightens our heart and we are shown the right track to set our foot on. So shun the thought that if you see a psychologist you will be looked down upon by your friends and colleagues. And remember, Deepika Padukone, the famous Bollywood actress had confessed herself that she too, suffered from anxiety and depression after her release of the blockbuster film, ”Happy New Year”. But, when she realised it she went to the doctor and set things right. And this had helped her to emerge as a stronger and more confident person. So if she being a stardom can confess and do it why not you. Remember, it’s never too late to take the first step.
Connect with friends-When we are depressed we try to isolate ourselves. We stop going out or socialise with others. And the result is, the situation aggravates. So do come out of the house, mingle with your friends and talk your heart out. This would lighten your heart and you feel happy and re-energised.
Exercise- Exercise, one of the most important things we shrug doing when we are depressed though, we all know that it is a good stress buster. So make it a routine to exercise at least once daily without fail. This would not only tone your muscles but also keep you distracted, eventually relaxing you a lot. Moreover, your appetite is increased and you sleep well.
Creating hobbies-When we are struck by depression we lose interest in doing those things we loved and enjoyed the most. The result is we feel morose. Hobbies that help vent out our feelings helps in soothing or comforting our heart and brain, too. It brings in happiness and satisfaction on seeing our own creation. So it’s rightly said, a person without a hobby is just like a boat without a rudder. Hence, create a hobby of your choice or just go back to your old ones and keep yourself busy with it. Hobbies can be of any kind like –reading or writing, stitching or cooking, painting or playing. Not only it keeps you busy keeping your unwanted thoughts at bay but, also elates you from within, as you do it from your heart enjoying it to the fullest.
Keeping pets-With their continuous activities, pets keep its master busy all the while. Their way of expressing love, gratitude and playfulness overwhelms every heart no matter how sad or angry the person might be. So, keeping pets (cats, dogs or any birds) would help in distracting a depressed person from his negative thoughts.
Yoga and meditation-The effects of yoga and meditation are plenty. It relaxes, refreshes, energises and rejuvenates our soul, mind and body. It is a good stress buster and helps in overcoming anxiety and depression a lot. Is it not the reason why the entire world observe July21 as the International Yoga Day?
Writing a diary/journal-Writing a journal helps you to let out your feelings which is very important for every person. You can write anything- things that have saddened you or hurt you. But be sure you do write the good things that happened with you too. Reflecting on the happier sides trigger your positivity and you think right. Moreover, it shifts your feeling from “I can’t” to “I CAN”.