Depression isn’t the same for everyone, so there’s no ‘one size fits all’ explanation.
Does it sound familiar?
Depression is a word a lot of people run away from due to the stigma attached to it. The truth is everyone has suffered from it at one point in their lives, even if it has been for one day.
Depression is a serious condition that can be overwhelming and affects physical and mental health and interferes with daily activities like work and life itself.
Let me tell you, treating depression effectively takes more than going to therapy and taking medications. Healing is a slow process that needs your patience and care.
You can beat depression with a healthy lifestyle and good friends…I’ll tell you how.
Taking good care of yourself is paramount to the success of your recovery process.
Socializing and exercising are two activities that have helped me positively to boost my mood and to lower my ” down periods” even in those days when I’ve felt that is very difficult to have a balance between my mind and my body.
According to Dr. Daniel Enrique Jimenez, a psychiatry and behavioral sciences expert with the University of Miami Health System:
“Loneliness is killing these older adults who interact only with a television. Isolation and inactivity are so detrimental to physical and mental health.” – What Dr. Jimenez suggest is to take a walk and engage in a hobby with a friend or loved one.
Move your body!
Tony Musto, PhD, Director of Fitness Programs for UHealth’s Fitness and Wellness Center, and an adjunct professor in UMiami’s Department of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences, says: “Attaining recommended activity levels decreases our risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, bone density loss and depression”.
Your friends play a huge role!
Socialize more with family and friends!
Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference.
If you don’t feel like socializing, choose an activity or hobby.
Cooking lessons maybe?
Recovery can be a very slow and almost painful process, and it involves taking so many steps and making so many life changes. But trust me …
IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO
Remember, if you think that you or someone you know may be experiencing depression, talk with a health professional.
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