Being lonely is a normal part of our everyday lives. We get sad when we fail in our exams, when we”re rejected by
the person we love, or when someone very close to us passes away.
Depression, however, could be more fatal
than just plain loneliness. It could render life-long consequences that could ruin your self-esteem, health, and well-being.
Here are some superb tips to conquer the mood and get the most bliss out of your daily activities.
1) Get Enough Light and Sunshine.
Lack of exposure to sunlight is responsible for the secretion of the hormone melatonin, which could trigger
a dispirited mood and a lethargic condition.
Melatonin is only produced in the dark. It lowers the body temperature and makes you feel sluggish. If you are always cooped up in your room (with the curtains
closed it would be difficult to restrain yourself from staying in bed.
This is the reason why many people are suffering from depression much more often in winter than in the other seasons. It”s because the nights are longer.
If you can”t afford to get some sunshine, you can always lighten up your room with brighter lights. Have lunch outside the office. Take frequent walks instead of driving your car over short distances.
2) Get Busy. Get Inspired.
You”ll be more likely to overcome any feeling of depression if you are too busy to notice it. Live a life full of inspired activities.
Do the things you love. If you”re a little short on cash, you could engage in simple stuffs like taking a leisurely stroll in the park, playing sports, reading books, or engaging in any activity that you have passion for and would love to pursue.
Set a goal – a meaningful purpose in life. No matter how difficult or discouraging life can be, remain firm and have an unshakable belief that you
are capable of doing anything you desire. With this kind of positive attitude, you will attain a cheerful disposition to beat the blues.
3) Take a Break.
Listen to soothing music. Soak in a nice warm bath. Ask one of your close friends to massage you. Take a break from your stressful workload and spend the day just goofing around. In other words, have fun.
4) Eat Right and Stay Fit.
Avoid foods with lots of sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. Sugar and caffeine may give you a brief moment of energy; but they would later bring about anxiety , tension, and internal problems. Alcohol is a depressant. Many people would drink alcohol to “forget their problems.”
They”re just aggravating their conditions in the process.
Exercising regularly is a vital depression buster because it allows your body to produce more endorphins than usual. Endorphins are sometimes called “the happy chemicals” because of their stress-reducing and happiness-inducing properties.
5) Get a Social Life.
No man is an island. Your circle of friends are there to give you moral support. Spending time and engaging in worthwhile activities with them
could give you a very satisfying feeling. Nothing feels better than having group support.
Insomnia is a feature of depression but the consequences brought about by this disorder may not be as ordinary as
it may seem. Of course people may have sleep problems and not have depression at all.
6) Wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday, even during the weekends. Some insomniacs tend to sleep at any time of the day to catch up on some sleep they lose
during the night. Now this is the biggest mistake you can make. It ruins your body clock and will only worsen your insomnia. If you can”t sleep one night, get up the
usual time the next morning. You”ll be sleeping soundly like a baby the next night.
7) Don”t eat within 4 hours before you go to bed. If in case you went hungry, try some crackers or light snack. But don”t indulge in an “eat-all-you-can”
feast right before bedtime. Your food won”t be digested well, resulting in poor and uncomfortable sleep.
8) Don”t drink caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine can obstruct your ability to sleep. Alcohol can make you drowsy, but it can wake you up in the middle of the night and bring you side effects that will hinder a continuous sleep process.
9) Relax and stay fit. Avoid having a stressful lifestyle. Exercise daily to release tension. Engage in breathing exercises to relax your body. Most important of all, don”t carry your problems or emotional baggage to sleep with you.
Forget about it for the mean time. You can go back and solve your dilemma better the next day after a restful sleep.
10) Never force yourself to sleep. Trying your best to sleep requires some work. You don”t want to work when you want to doze off.
Sleep comes best if you are in a relaxed and comfortable state. Just lie down, relax, and let the sleeping fairy cast its
spell upon you.