The Center for Disease Control reports that 1 out of 10 Americans are depressed sometime in their life. 80% of people who suffer from depression don’t get any specific treatment to help them overcome their condition. Sometimes, the signs of depression aren’t obvious and by the time you actually have it, you just don’t have the energy or will to fix your problem. That’s part of being depressed — everything feels pointless so there’s no reason why you should try to change.
You don’t always have to be happy, but when you’re feeling down, the time can easily stretch into hours, days and weeks because it’s very difficult to lift yourself up. Before it turns into months, or years, these are things that have been proven to lift your mood and fight depression.
30. Self Reflect
As soon as your mood drops, stop yourself. Don’t continue on a downward spiral. Take the time to reflect on your issues.
By getting to the root of your feelings, you might be able to solve your issues before they get the better of you.
29. Reach Out
Bottling up your feelings may be effective for a short period of time, but eventually, they will harm you.
Those pushed down feelings, like anger and sadness, can hurt your body health-wise. Ulcers are a common condition that is caused by the stress of bottling up. It’s better for your health to release your feelings by expressing them. Reach out to a good friend or someone else that you can trust to talk about what you’re going through. You’ll feel better for doing it.
28. Listen to music
Crank up your tunes and let loose. Dance if you want to or sing along.
Did you know that many hospitals around the world now offer musical therapy programs? That’s how healing music can be.
27. Cuddle and play with your pets
Spend some quality time with your pets because they love you unconditionally. Their sheer playfulness and affection can instantly make you feel better.
Hug them. Play ball with them. Cuddle with them on the couch. Not only will you feel better, your pets will, too!
26. Go Out for a Walk
Walking is a great way to not only get some exercise but also clear your head and help you think better.
To get the full benefits of walking, do it far away from the stresses of city life. A park or forest is ideal, where you can get loads of fresh air and serenity.
25. Drink Freshly Pressed Juice
Orange juice or other freshly pressed juice is so nutritious for you. Nourishing your body and supplying it with vitamins and nutrients can help improve your mood and feel refreshed.
If you can’t get freshly pressed juice, eat a fruit salad. That helps, too.
24. Write Down Your Feelings
When you’re feeling down, write down how you’re feeling. This can help get them off your chest, so you don’t internalize them.
Reading how you feel can also help put things into perspective.
23. Take a Nap
Sometimes, fatigue can be the reason why you’re feeling down. Lack of sleep can be detrimental for your physical and mental well being.
Recharge by closing the curtains, shutting off your phone and other devices, and surrounding yourself in silence. You’ll feel more optimistic when you wake up.
22. Plan for a Fun Day
You probably have so many responsibilities that it’s stressing you out. If you feel overwhelmed, fun is what you need.
Stop moping around and plan to do something fun. A trip to the beach, camping in the mountains, shopping, or whatever else that rocks your boat — when you plan for fun, you’ll look forward to actually making it happen!
21. Don’t Plan It — Just Do It
Spontaneity is the spice of life. Ditch the schedule and do something totally unplanned.
Learning to let go of routine every now and then can be exciting!
What are the priorities in your life? Sometimes, depression is caused when your priorities are out of balance and you experience the negative effects of this.
List out your priorities and give them the attention they deserve, whether they be your family, work, health or other area of your life.
19. Look Through Photo Albums, or Make New Ones
Looking through old photographs can help you remember all the good times you’ve had. You can also take some new photos and create new albums of the good times you’re having now.
That way, you get to enjoy life from a first and third person perspective.
18. Hug Someone
Studies have shown that a 20-second hug, along with 10 minutes of hand-holding, eases stress and reduces its harmful physical effects.
Hugging lowers levels of your stress hormones, so what are you waiting for?
17. Laugh As Much as You Can
Laughter is a great way to reduce stress levels, exercise your core and feel more relaxed.
Even if you can’t muster a smile, try. Fake smiling can eventually turn into a real smile, and the same goes for laughter. Even doctors prescribe laughter to patients suffering from serious health ailments!
Sob, weep, howl or lament, crying is an emotional release.
It’s the opposite of laughing, but crying can still help lift your mood when you’re feeling down. A good cry can make you feel better because it allows you to express what you’re feeling in physical form.
15. Read Positive Comments About Yourself From Others
Feeling loved and appreciated can make you feel better about yourself. That’s why it’s a good habit to stockpile any emails, letters or voicemail that shine a positive light on you.
Doing so will remind yourself that others care about you deeply.
14. Reconnect with a Long Lost Friend or Family Member
Sometimes, we lose contact with friends and family members who we once were close with because life gets in the way.
Reconnect with someone that you used to talk to but haven’t spoken to in awhile. You may be pleasantly surprised at how easily you both will get along again.
13. Write a Letter, To Yourself
Sometimes, it’s easier to deal with problems when you step back and look at yourself from an outsider’s point of view. Look at yourself objectively, then write yourself a letter.
After all, there’s nobody else who knows your situation better than yourself. That’s why you’ll give such good advice!
Meditation is a way to calm your mind and feel better about yourself. But the essence of meditation is breathing.
There are many types of deep breathing exercises, and there’s sure to be one that works for you.
11. Learn to Be Thankful
You have a lot to be thankful for, even if you may not feel that way. It’s time to cultivate gratitude to help you heal.
Practice genuine gratitude and you’ll feel like nothing is lacking in your life.
10. Watch a Funny, Heartwarming or Inspiring YouTube video
…or a video on any other social network. Most of the videos on these channels have been created by real people.
Lighthearted videos, instead of the heavy, negative shows that are on regular TV, can give you a more positive perspective on life.
9. Get in the Kitchen
Bake or cook something. The fact that you can eat what you’ve created is such a wonderful thing and a true testament to your abilities.
Even better, share what you’ve made with others.
8. Spend Some Time Outside
Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for people to spend time with friends virtually, totally online. You may never have to go outside your house, even. But this is unhealthy and unnatural.
You need to get out of the house. Get outside and enjoy the real world!
7. Let Some Things Go
What truly matters to you? It can be easy to get mad or sad about things, but do they really matter to you in the bigger scheme of things?
Figure out what’s important to you and don’t let the rest get to you. It’s not worth it.
6. Look on the Bright Side of Things
A negative comment or situation can be a downer, but don’t let it overcome you. Instead, look for something positive about it.
Change your perspective, don’t take it to heart, and look at it from an objective point of view. That way, it will be easier for you to fix the problem and not get so emotionally involved.
5. Space Out From Time to Time
When there are too many things going on and you can’t deal with it anymore, you need to take a mental vacation.
Daydreaming can actually be beneficial for your mind, because it gives your mind a break. Let it wander for a while and you’ll see that it comes back refreshed and ready to deal with whatever is on your plate.
4. Bask in Some Sunshine
Natural sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. Those rays can also help lift your mood. After all, there is a reason why depression affects more people in the dreary, grey days of the winter than in the sunny days of the summer.
Take advantage of the sun. Open your curtains and flood your home with natural sunlight flood, or go outside.
3. Give Your Mind a Day Off
Your mind works constantly, day in and day out. Imagine if your body did the same thing, and exercised hard everyday. You’d be exhausted and worn out, which is exactly what your mind is feeling right now.
Give your mind a day off and don’t let it do any work. You’ll feel so much better!
2. Repeat Mantras
Every morning, as soon as you wake up, repeat a mantra over and over again. At least 20 times to start. Your mantra should be something that you believe will help you.
Repeat your mantra throughout the day, especially when you’re feeling down.
1. Set a Routine
When you’re feeling down, it can be paralyzing. You might want to just lie in bed or stare at the TV, doing nothing.
If you set a routine and stick with it, you’ll have no choice but to follow it. This will prevent you from succumbing to your mood and achieve things, that will in turn, make you feel better about yourself.
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