Are you trying to treat your depression for the first time? You probably don’t even know where to start. It’s no secret that seeking treatment for the first time can be very scary. Below are some tips that can help to make seeking a new depression treatment a tad bit easier.
If you are trying to work on controlling your depression, get rid of unhealthy relationships. Many times, people who suffer from depression find their symptoms getting worse when they have people in their lives who put them down or discourage them from feeling better. Stay around positive and supportive people.
Cultivate outside interests or activities to help with your depression. You can become depressed if you don’t have many interests or activities you enjoy doing. Try something you have always wanted to do, such as dancing, art or skydiving. Developing new interests can really help you with your symptoms of depression.
If you suffer from depression you may want to consider getting a pet. The main part of depression is the feeling of loneliness and caring for a pet can help eliminate those feelings or isolation. Also, studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to feel depressed than people who do not have pets.
A long, luxurious bath can go a long way towards helping you relax and fighting your depression. Sitting in the bathtub reading your favorite novel or listening to a beloved album is a great way to relax and make yourself feel great. Drawing the bath as hot as you can stand is also a good idea, as the heat will help your muscles relax.
Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda. Caffeine has been shown to decrease the amount of serotonin in your brain, which can depress your mood. Caffeine will also make you jittery and anxious, adding to your depression. Finally, caffeine can affect your sleep schedules, causing further problems with an already disrupted system.
Have realistic expectations. Often depressed people fixate on some unrealistic goal that they believe will cure their depression. For some it is money, for others it may be longing for an idealistic Mr. or Miss. “Right” to spend the rest of their life with. While having a goal is good, keep it realistic. Instead of being unhappy with your current job and longing to win the lottery, take college courses or a vocational program to increase your income potential. If you are lonely, get out and get involved with activities you enjoy. Even if you don’t meet someone, you will have fun; and if you do meet someone, they are much more likely to have similar interests to you unlike a random stranger in a bar.
As you have seen, treating depression is not as scary as it may appear at first. Just think of all of the benefits it can give you and how beginning treatment now can improve the quality of your life much sooner. Get some help from your doctor, and try applying these tips to help you conquer your depression.