We all get depressed from time to time. Life can be tough and it's unreasonable to think that everyday is going to be sunshine and roses. That's not reality. But if your down mood doesn't lift within a few days, or there is no direct reason for your "depression", such as the loss of a loved one, then you may be suffering from "clinical" depression, rather than simply depressed or sad. Depression can be brought about by many things, and the first thing that B.B. suggests is to get your hormone balance checked.
For example - a low thyroid can really put you into a "depressed" tailspin. If your hormones check out okay, then before getting yourself hooked up with major pharmaceuticals that can have devastating side effects, including the worsening of your depression, please try some of the helpful suggestions below - along with a good dose of cardio exercise and a healthy diet.More Information.
Depression - Recognizing the Symptoms ...
You already know that exercise is the way to a better body, but it has mood lifting benefits as well. Both aerobic exercise and weightlifting have been found to produce endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. What's more, according to Harvard psychiatrist John J. Ratey, M.D., a single workout can raise your brain's levels of the antidepressant chemicals dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. And several studies, including one at Duke University, have found that, at least for some people, regular exercise--even brisk walking--can combat depression as effectively as taking certain medications.
No - Not a Bagel . . . Not a Donut . . . Not a Danish! Sorry!
Starting your day with protein, complex carbs and fiber not only fuels your morning, it helps keep your blood sugar steady all day. If you don't have much time in the morning, or don't like eating a heavy meal right after waking up, go for a bowl of whole-grain cereal with nonfat milk and a handful of antioxidant-packed blueberries or strawberries.
Learn more about healthy and delicious diet choices.
Make time for friends. Getting together with a group of friends can provide an instant pickup. Not only is this fun but research has also shown that people who are sociable are healthier, have better functioning immune systems, and may even live longer.
Get a Pet!
The benefits of getting a pet are numerous from a health standpoint.
- They're your friend for life
- They need excercise - and so do you
- They love to play. Who doesn't?
- A pet helps lower blood pressure
- They're never critical - they'll love your hair - - everyday!
- Get a pet from the pound and you're a hero!
- Take your dog to the dog park and make new friends
- A pet makes you feel needed
Open Your Windows
When driving, instead of running the air conditioning, roll down the window and let your hair blow free. It'll remind you of carefree childhood days. It's exhilarating!
And whenever possible, open the windows in your home and let the fresh air and outdoor sounds in.
Studies show that countries with higher consumption rates of fresh fish also have significantly lower depression rates.
The New Zealand diet has the lowest consumption rate of fish among industrialized countries, but has almost 50 times the rate of depression as Japan — a nation renowned for it’s fish consumption. Fish simply isn’t a regular part of the modern American diet. However, refined vegetable oils do make up a majority of our diets. Because of this, most Americans have alarmingly high levels of omega-6. The obvious answer is to increase you Omega 3 intake, while decreasing Omega 1.
Most people can get enough omega-3s by eating fatty fish—such as wild (never eat farmed!) salmon and sardines, which are also low in mercury—at least twice a week. But people who have coronary heart disease require about a gram a day of those fatty acids, an amount that often requires taking a supplement. Check with a doctor before taking omega-3 pills because they can interact with some medications. Choose one listed under “met quality standards.” Those cost anywhere from 17 to 64 cents a day for 1 gram of EPA and DHA combined, the amount the American Heart Association recommends for people with coronary heart disease. - Consumers Reports
Talk to your doctor before adding Fish Oil supplements to your diet. It may interact with other drugs you are taking! See more tips on Beauty Bloomer's "Healthy Lifestyle" page.
Clinical depression is not a sign of personal weakness, or a condition that can be willed away. Clinically depressed people cannot "pull themselves together" and get better. In fact, clinical depression often interferes with a person's ability or wish to get help. Clinical depression is a serious illness that lasts for weeks, months and sometimes years. It may even influence someone to contemplate or attempt suicide. Read more about Clinical Depression.
For Clinical Depression, you may experience five or more of the following for at least a two-week period:
• Persistent sadness, pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex
• Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory
• Worsening of co-existing chronic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
• Insomnia or oversleeping
• Weight gain or loss
• Fatigue, lack of energy
• Anxiety, agitation, irritability
• Thoughts of suicide or death
• Slow speech; slow movements
• Headache, stomachache, and digestive problems
Have You Dealt With Depression?