What can I do to help myself for depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistently low mood and a feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression is different from the fluctuations in mood that people experience as a part of normal life. Temporary emotional responses to the challenges of everyday life do not constitute depression. Sometimes It is important to seek the help of a health professional to rule out different causes of depression, ensure an accurate differential diagnosis, and secure safe and effective treatment. First of all, take care of your self, explore new things to try to change your mind.

 

1. Try to keep active

  • Try joining a group. This could be anything from a community project or a sports team to a hobby group. The important thing is to find an activity you enjoy, or perhaps something you’ve always wanted to try, to help you feel motivated.
  • Try new things. Trying something new, like starting a new hobby, learning something new or even trying new food, can help boost your mood and break unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior.
  • Try volunteering. Volunteering, or just offering to help someone out, can make you feel better about yourself and less alone.  That can help match you with a volunteering opportunity in your area.
  • Set realistic goals. Try to set yourself achievable goals, like getting dressed every day or cooking yourself a meal. Achieving these things can help you feel good and boost your self-confidence, and help you move on to bigger goals.

Keep active

 

2. Talk to someone you trust

It might feel hard to start talking about how you are feeling, but many people find that just sharing their experiences can help them feel better. It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help in itself.

 

Talk to someone

 

3. Look after your physical health

Experiencing depression can make it hard to find the energy to look after yourself. But taking steps to look after your physical health can make a difference to how you feel and it is necessary to do :

Try to look after your hygiene. It’s easy for hygiene to not feel like a priority. But small things, like taking a shower and getting fully dressed whether or not you’re going out of the house, can make a big difference to how you feel.

Try to get good sleeep. 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.

Think about your diet. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure.

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