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Easy ways to combat depression

GIVE it a try and observe it for yourself.

Many don’t like ingestion of any capsules or medication for treatment, even the analgesic one to heal some pain, especially with those related to mental problems. Human body and mind have always been a wonder as they build their own way to deal with the problems encountered naturally.

Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when recurrent and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 3.8% of the population affected, including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years.

Now, to the depression and anxious feelings, there is no particular solution but we can try out the following recommendations by ourselves. Since these suggestions are vague, we can carry out these on our own approach which are comfortable to us.

1. Physical Movement: Moving your body allows your mind to work on the things focused on movement and diverting from sad feelings you are having. There are many studies which infer that exercise is related to moods from the release of endorphins. If the exercise is carried out with company, it is like adding aroma to the shining of the gold. We don’t need to focus on technicalities, just try to have some physical movement when you are down with feelings. Even breathing techniques can alleviate depression induced insomnia. Try to do intense exercise for a while and see it for yourself. If you like dancing, they are also a form of exercise and physical movement.

2. Get outdoor: Physical movement if linked with nature or in open space, provides enough fresh oxygen to our body. Just try it for yourself. There are things like doing exercise in the park, going for a walk, cycling, environmental work, gardening, etc. Just do it outdoors. Natural environment boosts our feelings in a positive way.

3. Follow the games: Whatever sports you are into, just follow up with the game. Football, cricket, and its coverage allows you to connect with the sense of belongingness. Shouting at the stadium, cheering while watching the game on the couch, whatever is comfortable would work. As they say, we the audience are the 12th player of the team in football and cricket, so we are the team.

4. Express about feelings: There are a number of ways to express your feelings without offending others. Writing it down, painting, drawing, singing, speaking to the person you are comfortable with or they are comfortable with you. Also, you can express your feelings to your pet or other animals, plants, etc. It may feel weird, but you can express your feelings to plants as well. But think from the other end of the conversation as well.

5. Eating habits: We eat in three ways they say, from our eyes, from our tongue and from our stomach. Also, they say what we eat is what we become. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and see how your moods are after eating them. Also, if you are a non-vegetarian or processed food consumer, try to reduce them, if it is difficult then try to reduce them in an incremental manner such as reducing them once a week then increase if you are comfortable. Every 15 days, if you are willing, just try fasting. And one more thing, get yourself involved in cooking.

6. Read a good book: Those who read get a perception of what others feel and it allows us to know that we are similar in nature and create a sense of belongingness. Also, we live the lives of characters at the time of reading. As they say, writers can go beyond the rays of the mighty SUN.

7. Get a new hobby or build a new interest: We can get involved in what we like, because pain and suffering are not the same thing. Suffering is what we make of ourselves. We can start a new hobby just like traveling, cooking, gardening, reading, etc. Whenever you feel stress, get out of the bed and try getting involved in hobbies and observe the difference for yourself. We might not see the difference during the beginning, but we are continuously involved like a ritual, it works like a miracle.

If these recommendations are not working or you would like to have a professional to figure out the solution, you can always consult through HAMRO PATRO HEALTH service.

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