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Article: Learn 10 Tips To Fight or Reduce depression
by Spencer Hunt
Depression can be crippling, devastating. It can cause a person to withdraw from
everyone he loves and stop doing activities that he once enjoyed. It can cause
a deep despair and social isolation that is overwhelming. Victims of depression
encounter memory problems, sleep disruption or a need to sleep excessively, a
sense of hopelessness and an inability to join the rest of the world. Depression
afflicts an estimated 19 million Americans, and they cant just snap out of it.
There are ways to ease some symptoms of depression, but sometimes medication
therapy is necessary for the patient to fully enjoy a symptom-free life. However,
there are some tips you can try if you have the blues.
1. Talk to Someone
Marriage counselors, church patriarchs, school counselors, and life coaches can
be very helpful. If you do not feel comfortable speaking with a counselor, talk
to a close friend or write in a journal.
Some daily exercise can really boost your mood and energy. Aerobic exercise will
raise your heart rate, boost your metabolism, and allow the body to naturally
release mood enhancing endorphins.
3. Eat Fresh Food
Start a garden. Raise some chickens (for the eggs). Buy organic products? Eat
plenty of fiber (fruits and vegetables) in order to cleanse your body from toxins
and preservatives and junk from processed foods. Make sure that you consume colourful
fruits and vegetables. When you are healthy, you feel more vibrant and full of
4. Avoid sugar
If your depression is connected with anxiety, you will no doubt try to eat way
too much sugar. This is the worse thing that you could do. Why? Because sugar
can actually increase your anxiety. Unlike glyconutrients
sugars, regular table sugar will make you even more tired after the sugar
high, not to mention the other health detriments related to sugar and tooth decay
and the immune system.
5. Avoid caffeine
Caffeine brings you up - then drops you like a rock. It can increase your anxiety
and distress and contribute to your depression as well. Drink more water, sodas
and even fruit drinks have sugar and preservatives that can drag you down and
make you feel worse.
6. Avoid Nicotine
Nicotine is a stimulant so it will help me when I am depressed, right? No. It
acts in the body much like caffeine. It can make you feel better for a short
while, but in the long run, will only increase your depression. The stimulant
in nicotine can increase your anxiety. Long term smoking will cause more upper
respiratory health conditions and more free radicals in the body, causing the
immune system to be weak, allowing for feelings of depression. Some people also
feel depressed because they cannot quit smoking.
7. Meditation Works
Meditation can do wonders for alleviating feelings of depression. There are
various forms of meditation from conscious breathing to guided meditation to
creative imagery. Find a form that works for you and practice. The focus and
peace does wonders for a troubled spirit.
8. Get Enough Sleep
You don't want to get too much sleep, but having a sleep deficiency can also
bring on anxiety. Try to get about 8 hours of good sleep every night.
9. Lighten Up
Sitting or working in the dark will add to your depression. Natural light is
better than artificial light too. So open the windows and shutters and replace
small lights and light bulbs with bigger and brighter ones.
10. Adopt a Goat or a Hamster
Companion animals provide great help to anyone suffering from depression. Studies
have shown that by just stroking an animal can lower your blood pressure and
calm you. So go visit your local humane society or pet store. Don't have space
for a goat or a horse? Maybe a dog, cat, ferret, gerbil, hamster, goldfish, or
even a hermit crab?
Article Source: http://www.christiannotepad.com
Spencer Hunt is a glyconutrients consultant.
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