Beating depression isn’t always easy, but there are many things that you can do to improve your general health, which can also improve your mood.
We’ve all probably had some time or another when we’ve felt down in the dumps. Some people feel that way for days and days, or weeks or months on end. It’s horrible. Some people try medication after medication, hoping that a pill will make them feel better.
Taking better care of your health can help to beat depression
One thing you can always do to help yourself feel better is to take better care of your physical health. Maybe it falls under the axiom, “Just start smiling and you may begin to feel better.“, but often times depression is caused by digestive problems, malnutrition or just plain lack of physical exercise. Helping your body to be healthier can only benefit you.
Some things that may help to improve your mood
- Eat healthier
- Drink water
- Breath fresh air
Exercise has the most potential to benefit people who are suffering from depression. If you haven’t been physically active for a while, then start slow and try seeing a professional trainer. Trainers are generally really awesome people and very helpful for people who are looking to get out of a bad rut and into a good rut. Trainers generally love to see people making positive changes in their lives, it’s one of the big perks of being a trainer.
Drinking plenty of water is important for general health. If you start exercising, then it’s even more important to drink plenty of water.
Socializing isn’t easy sometimes, especially when you’re recovering from depression, but even little interactions can help you to start feeling better. Try doing charity work, or helping at church events. Any time you’re helping people can pay off big in helping you to feel better as people thank you and give you positive feedback for your help. Some people get addicted to things like volunteering to feed homeless people, or building homes for families that can’t afford them because of the awesome gratitude that people tend to give for helping them.
Eating healthier means different things for different people, but generally, you want to make sure that you’re getting all the essential nutrients and minerals as well as plenty of protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates.
Some especially nutrient rich foods that may help to fight depression are
- Chia seeds – High in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber as well as other important nutrients like calcium and magnesium, chia is an excellent energy source and can benefit your health in many ways.
- Flax seeds – Also high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and other important nutrients and anti-oxidants.
- Salmon – Many types of fatty fish are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, although a different type then found in plant sources.
- Peanuts or sunflower seeds – High in important anti-oxidants as well as many nutrients and minerals, seeds and nuts help to stablize the digestion and provide many additional health benefits like improving heart health.
- Yogurt or Kefir – Fermented foods that contain lactobacillus bacteria can be extremely beneficial for people suffering from depression. Beneficial bacteria help to balance and protect the digestion.
Eating more nutritious foods can at least help to eliminate any kinds of malnutrition problems that may be effecting your emotional health. One caveat is that food allergies can be the cause of emotional disturbance, so be aware of how your food effects you. You may want to start a food and mood journal that tracks your diet and your emotional state.
Meat may help to reduce depression
Some people who eat a strict vegetarian or vegan diet find that mental issues are reduced simply by including a small quantity of high-quality beef in their diet. Grass-fed beef is high in omega-3 fatty acids and other important nutrients.
See a doctor
If you can find a doctor that is willing to investigate the cause of your depression, you may be able to find a distinct, curable cause. Technology is evolving that can detect specific bacteria that may be causing a problem, or a specific nutrient that your body may be lacking. Beating depression may be as easy as asking your doctor for help.