4 Ways to Combat Your Depression

Here on this blog, you all KNOW how much mental health is a big deal. I try to share information I think will be helpful, so today’s post is no different!

Did you know that one in ten adults suffer from depression? That seems like it is such a crazy statistic, but it’s true. And, unfortunately, those are only the people who are diagnosed with depression. I’m sure it’s actually much, much higher than that. You see – depression is pretty common nowadays. Between workaholics, people who do not know their worth, drug addictions (Georgia, in general, has a pretty big issue with opioid addictions), and more, depression is almost like a normal part of life for a lot of people. Noticing and then admitting that you are depressed is extremely hard, but once you do so, it can be pretty easy to figure out what you need to do in order to improve your depression. Of course, it won’t happen overnight and there will probably be a long process involved, but it is definitely manageable once you start working on it. If you know that you are depressed, here are a few ways to improve your depression:

 

Fitness

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While fitness is not my favorite thing, it is something I’ve been engaging in more of the last month.

Fitness can be extremely useful when it comes to improving your depression. “Exercising starts a biological cascade of events that results in many health benefits, such as protecting against heart disease and diabetes, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure. High-intensity exercise releases the body’s feel-good chemicals called endorphins, resulting in the “runner’s high” that joggers report. But for most of us, the real value is in low-intensity exercise sustained over time.

That kind of activity spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in brain function makes you feel better. “In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain—the region that helps regulate mood—is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression,” explains Dr. Miller.,” according to Harvard. While working out will not solve all of your issues, it can help how you feel on a daily basis.

Surround Yourself With Good People

Easier said than done, I know, but you know what they say — you are who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with happy, good people, you will become happier. If you surround yourself with people who are constantly down in the dumps, I’m sure it will be easy for you to pull out all of the reasons as to why your life is so bad. Look, it is extremely easy to look at the glass half empty. Everyone does it at times, but there are people out there who try their best each day to look at the glass half full. Life is too short not to do so! Find those people who try their best to look at the glass half full and you might surprise yourself when you start to do so, as well.

 

Set Goals

Set goals for yourself so that you have something to look forward to and work towards. A lot of the time, people with depression have a harder time setting goals because they do not believe that they can achieve those goals. While this is not the case for everyone, if you feel this way, please bring this up to your counselor so that you can try to get past it because I truly believe that setting yourself up with some attainable goals to achieve can significantly benefit you.

Work Through Your Challenges With A Counselor

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Have you done everything that you can think of to improve your depression, but are still not improving? If so, maybe it is time to work through your life challenges with someone by your side to help you out. If you are looking for a therapist in Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Marietta, Canton, Athens, or other places in Georgia, you might want to check out Ray of Hope Counseling Services. They have quite a few locations around Georgia and even offer online therapy for those that cannot make it in or do not want to wait for their appointment. There are many things that the counselors at Ray of Hope Counseling Services can help you with, but some of them are anxiety, addiction, trauma, depression, sex & intimacy, anger, self-esteem, grief, and more. They accept all forms of insurance, as well as Medicaid, to make it easy and convenient for you and they are committed to helping you feel your best.

In Conclusion

Healing for depression is not linear, it doesn’t look just one way. Everyone’s circumstances are different and so the the process will be different. Hopefully these tips I shared today can be of benefit to you the reader or someone else. Whatever it is you decide to do to help treat your depression; remember that you are not alone!

 

 

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