Depression can affect anyone at any age. Most people will probably experience some sort of depressive feelings at some point in their life. It is normal to go through cycles of happiness and sadness according to events and lifestyle habits. When depression interferes with your daily routine and stops you from accomplishing normal day-to-day tasks, then it is definitely a problem.
-Lack of energy
-Small tasks seem impossible
-You don’t seem to enjoy the same things you used to
-You avoid social activity
-You feel very anxious sometimes
-You feel guilty
-You feel like a failure
-You feel no self-confidence
-Life seems to be without hope
-You feel angry all the time
-You have physical aches and pains and you don’t know why
-Thoughts of suicide
So how do you treat symptoms such as these? A lot of people rush right to anti-depressants. Although medicine can be helpful, there are also many side effects that come along with it. There are also studies that show long term usage can be harmful with some medicines. Consulting with a doctor is a good idea, although many doctors will try to put you on medication right away, so be prepared to ask questions and make sure that it is right for you. It is a quick fix for the major symptoms, but some people feel worse while on medication. If you are feeling suicidal, get help immediately.
Our bodies have natural ways of dealing with depressive feelings, although we need to help those processes along. Sunlight is important for your body. Even 15 minutes a day in the sun can make a difference. Staying away from junk food will help immensely. You don’t need to eat rabbit food, but moderation is key to being healthy. Exercise is also very important. It can be hard to get out and exercise especially if we are not used to it. Start with 15 minutes of walking at least 3 times a week and then slowing bump up the duration to 30 minutes. Also, varying your activities is a good way to make it less tedious. Try running, biking, hiking, swimming, in-line skating or some other form of cardiovascular exercise. The important thing is to get your heart pumping. After two weeks of regular exercise, you will be amazed at how much better you feel!
Talking to people can also help you understand why you are feeling the way you are. Find a family member or friend that you trust and talk to them. Professional counselors can also help you sort through feelings and experiences that we have.