• Sunil Renukaiah

Ways to fight Depression

Issues related to our mental health are often neglected and are untreated resulting in tragic end. Sushanth Singh Rajput is the latest victim of depression. Depression is a disease like any other diseases and it can be cured systematically. People in developing countries are more susceptible to depression because of the fast moving life and more often people has to stay away from their near and dear ones. Depression can lead to anxiety and can result in losing mental stability.


NHS UK has published below tips to fight depression and they are very useful.


Stay in touch


Don't withdraw from life. Socializing can improve your mood. Keeping in touch with friends and family means you have someone to talk to when you feel low.  


Be more active


Take up some form of exercise. There's evidence that exercise can help lift your mood. If you haven't exercised for a while, start gently by walking for 20 minutes every day. 


Face your fears


Don't avoid the things you find difficult. When people feel low or anxious, they sometimes avoid talking to other people. Some people can lose their confidence in going out, driving or traveling. If this starts to happen, facing up to these situations will help them become easier.


Don't drink too much alcohol


For some people, alcohol can become a problem. You may drink more than usual as a way of coping with or hiding your emotions, or just to fill time. But alcohol won't help you solve your problems and could also make you feel more depressed.


Try to eat a healthy diet


Some people don't feel like eating when they're depressed and are at risk of becoming underweight. Others find comfort in food and can put on excess weight. Antidepressants can also affect your appetite.If you're concerned about weight loss, weight gain or how antidepressants are affecting your appetite, talk to your GP.


Have a routine


When people feel down, they can get into poor sleep patterns, staying up late and sleeping during the day. Try to get up at your normal time and stick to your routine as much as possible. Not having a routine can affect your eating. Try to carry on cooking and eating regular meals.


Seeking help for depression


Get help if you're still feeling down or depressed after a couple of weeks.Treatments for depression include psychological therapies and antidepressants.You can refer yourself for psychological therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or counseling.






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