How to Alleviate Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems today.  There are many medications on the market that can be effective in alleviating some of the symptoms of depression as well as numerous self-help strategies.  The following are some things you can do for yourself to reduce the symptoms of Depression:

  1. Manage your sleep.  Attempt to regulate your sleep cycle by getting between 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night at approximately the same time.  Consistent, adequate sleep is at the foundation of mental health. Avoid staying in bed late, hitting the “snooze” button, and/or napping throughout the day.  Fighting the urge to sleep at off times will help you regulate your sleep habits and help stabilize your mood.
  2. Eat well.  A healthy, balanced meal plan that is comprised of 3 balanced meals and several snacks, spaced no more than four hours apart, will help improve your thought patterns, regulate your blood sugar and provide you with adequate energy.  Quality food in the proper quantities will help your body and mind function optimally.
  3. Be kind to yourself.  Treat yourself to activities or moments that are calming and will improve your mood.  Scented candles, bubble baths, your favorite music and a tranquil environment are all things that can help you feel better. Allowing yourself even just 15 minutes of self-care and downtime can make a difference.
  4. Practice self-acceptance.  Do not let other people define you.  Be gentle with your thoughts about yourself and accept yourself for who you are, not who you believe others would like you to be.  Realize and remember that nobody is perfect