On The Verge of Depression?
Could coping methods to curb depression be right at our fingertips?
Many professionals now believe that we have the very things we need in order to keep depression at bay. Shelley Carson is one firm believer of this new research. The associate of Harvard University's Department of Psychology and co-author of "Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One's) Unhappiness a Problem?" speaks of research that as many as 12 million people in the United States are possibly suffering from depression not severe enough to receive clinical treatment.
The three golden factors ring true here as much as the do everywhere: exercise, nutrition, and sleep.
When people's depressed states arise, one or more of the factors above is more than likely not being tended to as much as it should. The three of these combined help to combat stress levels and, in turn, cause negative thinking to spontaneously combust with a bit of effort and optimism.
Being 'almost depressed,' is not an official mental disorder, but it is a mental state from which you feel exhausted, de-energized, and unable to savor the goodness of life in general due to your down mood.
On the contrary, full-blown depression is not to be mistaken for this moodiness. The real deal includes symptoms such as thoughts of death or suicide, sudden, substantial weight loss due to lack of appetite, intense hopelessness, and/or extreme guilt. These require seeking help from a mental health professional.
The almost-depressed range, though, has a lot to do with well-being and your everyday company.
The phrase, "in good company," says a lot, and the significance of abiding by it is profound in the way that you become most like those who you surround yourself with, whether you wish to or not.
The scary thought is that 75 percent if ignored cases of this low-grade depression will turn into the full-blown depression that requires clinical help. To avoid that deadly disorder, follow a few simple rules to keep yourself happy and healthy, as cliche as that may sound.
Exercise is not optional. The minimum suggested for treating depression is 30 minutes of aerobic movement plus at 10-minute warmup and cool-down, three times weekly.
Along with exercise, it is a key factor to partake in activities that make you happy. If they start to seem like the pleasure factor has since gone way, still participate. This helps the pleasure center of your brain activate, and as it does, you will soon find pleasure in the things you once found enjoyable. A few examples and suggestions include daily walks, listening to music, shopping, catching a movie, conversing with a friend over coffee or tea, practicing yoga, dancing, reading, and even writing. Whatever it is that always makes, or once made, you happy-- make time for that regularly.
Similar to a few of the suggestions listed above, find a creative way to express yourself and let go of negative feelings and emotions that we all sometimes bottle up. Whether it's painting, writing, sketching, making music, singing, or even kickboxing-- find something that allows you to release tension and let go of that which you wish to no longer hold onto.
A tricky tool is to challenge your thoughts. Moods are often dependent not on that which happens to us, but how we interpret those happenings. Shift your perspective, and challenge yourself to see things in a new light. It's tough at first, but it gets easier with practice and time.
Last but not least, nutrition is so important, as the saying often rings true, "You are what you eat." If the foods you're consuming regularly are nutrient dense, then you most likely aren't going to feel so swell after eating them. Try to aim for more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fresh juices, high fibers, and lean proteins. These will keep you happy and full, as well as healthy.
Do you think these factors will help you to stay happy?