What is depression?
Everyone at some point in their lives has experienced depression. This can range from mild bouts of sadness and feeling like life is just not worthwhile, to more serious depression which returns regularly or is continuously present.
The symptoms of depression vary widely from feeling agitated and restless to stuck or numb. You might get tearful easily and feel low-spirited much of the time. Low confidence and self- esteem may mean that you stop going to events that you usually enjoy.
You may have difficulty sleeping or be sleeping longer hours. You may have no appetite for food or be “comfort eating”. Negative thoughts pervade and you may think thoughts like ‘what’s the point’ or ‘I can’t’ or ‘I’m no good’.
You are not alone. Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.
8 Tips To Help You Beat Depression
- Walk: Preferably over some hills, or by a stream…. Let the natural world soothe you. An added bonus is to listen to the sounds around you, listen to your footsteps and let your thoughts go. Enjoy a welcome reprieve from negative thought patterns!
- Make an easy adjustment to your diet.The last thing you want to do when you are depressed is go on a special diet and deprive yourself of comforting foods! However you can easily add foods that will cleanse your system and give you more energy. Try adding more green vegetables and salad to you meals or go for home juicing with vegetables and fruit. Super smoothies are packed full of goodness; try our or help yourself to some nourishing herb teas.
- Drink Water; we need around 6 – 8 small glasses per day, drunk throughout the day. This will help the electrolyte balance of the body, give you more energy and make you feel better.
- Encourage yourself; one small step at a time and let these steps be a triumph. You did the washing!!! Give thanks! You got off the sofa! Well done! Planted some herbs!! Hurrah; went to work, gave yourself a day off, rested, moved…..Whatever steps you made to feel better are positive steps and you can thank yourself.
- Get help. Ask a good friend to listen to your story over a cup of tea. Go see a therapist. Go to a group healing or a Yoga or Tai-Chi class where the energy can help to support you. Go to group therapy. Find yourself community.
- Give your mind something else to do! Involve yourself in activity, study, reading or conversation…. Anything that takes you out of the “hamster wheel” of negative thinking will help you to feel better.
- Rest is a great healer. Allow yourself early nights, afternoon naps and weekend lie-ins. Enjoy your bed time. Give yourself clean sheets, a clean room and a lovely smell such as lavender or rose (in a spritzer or burner). Make your bedroom a haven of relaxation.
- Find a dog or cat friend. Animals give so much love and joy and can be a real tonic especially if you’re feeling lonely. Ask a neighbour if their dog needs walking or contact one of the various charity’s that give a dog (and their owners) a holiday.