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Simple Steps to Life with Depression
|Some work has been done on how to reorganize your life and fight your depression without the need for medications or supplements of any kind. These remedies will sound simplistic to some, especially to those who suffer the affects of depression, but to others who recognize that sometimes small things will make a big difference there is a chance that trying some of these methods will help more than expected. One such plan was proposed by a physician to have a few easy steps to feeling better.
To begin with physical exercise plays a more important role in recovery that many think. It is advised that when the first waves of depression begin to wash over you that instead of allowing them to pull you down that you go for a walk. This doesn't mean a short stroll around the neighborhood. Or if your choice of exercise is different then lift weights, use the rower or go for a long bicycle ride. Whichever one you do, push yourself just a little bit extra. If music makes the exercise more enjoyable for you then put on your favorite tunes and help yourself feel better with them. By doing this you'll help to diminish the negative energy that a depressive episode can surround you in.
Along with this idea of exercise another thing suggested is to do something that uses up the negative energy. Wandering without a plan is one such suggestion. Do this until you have tired yourself out completely, hopefully dispelling the negative aspects of the day at the same time. Go to a market; wander downtown, window shop in all those stores you normally don't have time for. Or go to a restaurant and try things you wouldn't otherwise. Whatever you choose to do, don't stop until you are tired enough that you know you'll sleep soundly.
Sometimes what you need is to get the bad things out of your mind. The more they remain the easier it is to let them build into even worse things. It's those things that make you feel depressed. So, instead sit and talk to someone you are close to, who you feel comfortable telling your secrets to. Everyone should have a dear friend who is a confidant who will listen without judging, who knows how to lend a shoulder without letting you wallow in what's bothering you. But, if there is no such person in your life the next best thing is to write in a journal of some kind. It can be a book you keep close for just this purpose or a document that you continuously add to on your computer. Either way the important thing about this exercise is to put down what is truly on your mind, don't leave anything out. Often clearing your mind of those things that are sitting heavily in it will help to lift your spirits.
Don't scoff at these simple steps to bring yourself out of a depressive episode. Try them first. Perhaps the results will surprise you.