View Full Version : 5 PROVEN Tips To Help You Wipeout Your Depression So You Can Live A Happy Life


aminems
07-23-13, 11:36 AM
Are you lonely?

Did you know that being lonely is a normal part of our everyday lives.

Lets face it, we've all been there.

We get depressed when we fail in our exams, when we're rejected by the person we love, or when someone very close to us passes away.

That's just part of life.

But, depression, however, can be more fatal than just plain loneliness. It could render Life-Long consequences that could ruin your Self-Esteem, Health, and Well-Being in the process.

Well today is your lucky day because I'm going to share with you some great tips to help you conquer the 'Melancholy Mood' so you can get the MOST bliss out of your daily activities.

So, with that said, lets go to Tip #1.




Tip #1. Do you get enough Light and Sunshine?

Did you know that lack of exposure to sunlight is responsible for the secretion of the hormone called Melatonin, which could trigger a dispirited mood and/or a lethargic condition.

Melatonin is only produced in the dark. What it does is it lowers the body temperature and makes you feel sluggish.

So, 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 suffer from depression much more often in winter than in the other seasons.

It's simply because the nights are longer.

If you can't afford to get some sunshine, you can always lighten up your room with brighter lights to help offset the darkness.

Or...

You could go have lunch outside the office for a change and take frequent walks in the early afternoon instead of driving your car over short distances.

The choices are endless. It's really up to you.







Tip #2. Keep Busy and Get Inspired.

You'll be more likely to overcome any feeling of depression if you keep your mind busy doing the activities you like doing the most.

Do the things you love.

If you're a little short on cash, you could engage in simple stuff 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.

Also, set a Goal.

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.







Tip #3. Take a Break. Sit back and Relax.

I mean it.

Listen to some soothing music you like. Soak in a nice warm bath. Simply take a break from your stressful workload and spend the day just goofing around doing the things you love.

In other words, go have fun. Life's to short as it is.







Tip #4. Maintain a healthy diet 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 will later bring about Anxiety, Tension and Internal problems.

Alcohol on the other hand is a depressant. Many people would drink alcohol to simply "forget their problems."

All they're doing is aggravating their conditions in the process.

Also, did you know that exercising regularly is a vital depression buster.

Why you ask?

Simply 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.







Tip #5. Get a Social Life outside of work.

No man is an island. Your inner 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.

And we all now... nothing feels better than having group support.

And... never underestimate the power of Touch.

What I mean is... doesn't it feel so good when someone pats you on the back and gives you words of encouragement during your most challenging times?

Hug or embrace someone today.

Get intimate.

Establish close ties with your family and friends.

The love and care expressed by others could tremendously boost your immune system and fend off illnesses.

Best of all, you'll live a more secured and happy life.

Canadian Mess
07-23-13, 12:05 PM
I'm sure the tips are quite useful (as many people with depression try them with some success as I have), but please be careful with calling depression a "melancoly mood" and saying we all get depressed. Most people feel sad or down for a while, or they experience bad experiences- not the same thing as depression.

As you have posted this in the bipolar section, please be also mindful that bipolar and the depression that can come with it doesn't just go away if they follow these tips, it just might help them feel better.

Anyways, as this is your first post, welcome to the forum.

Fraser_0762
07-23-13, 12:20 PM
These are great tips for people that are feeling low, so thank you for posting them.

However, depression is more than just feeling a little down. Depression is something darker. With depression, you can't see the sunlight, even when it's shining down on you brightly.

People with serious depression can't keep busy, because the depression itself zaps most of their energy, making even the most basic of tasks seem like such a struggle.

Depression makes it extremely difficult to relax, because you're constantly feeling anxious about your own depression. So attempting to take it easy, isn't always so easy at all.

People with depression struggle to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, because doing so requires a sustained level of effort and commitment. Depression robs a person of their energy and motivation, which makes getting started on a healthy lifestyle extremely difficult, let alone maintaining it.

Maintaining a healthy social life and work life requires a fair level of effort, but even more so for a person that is suffering from depression. Depression makes easy things seem hard, and hard things seem near impossible. People with depression will struggle to maintain 1 aspect of their lives, never mind 2 or more aspects.


Again, the advice you give is great for people who are just feeling a little low. (Which most people go through in their life time). But depression is so much more than that.

meadd823
07-23-13, 02:26 PM
Now if you can only come up with five more tips on impeccable timing you would be set - Bad timing is writing this stuff when I am depressed and have decided based solely on my mood to enter into this discussion - My mood is some where between suicidal and homicide


I work OUTSIDE in TEXAS in the SUMMER time - I can't walk from my car to my front door without getting enough sun light to last a week - I get so much sun I have to wear super dooper sun screen just to remain outside long enough to feed cats = about 30 minutes.


I sleep fine matter of fact when I am depressed I can sleep forever because that is all I want to do.


I wasn't depressed last week or the week before that and my diet hasn't changed any between the two weeks


Exercise I lift crap weighing almost as much as I do and my cat feeding schedule alone generates about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily every day regardless of whether I feel like it or not


I do socialize but to be quite honest it isn't my lack of socialization that causes my depression it is my depression that causes my decrease in socialization.


My depression is chemically based - basically I had to decrease my thyroid medication in order to make it last until I could get a refill which I did yesterday

In my particular case my depression is caused by hypothyroidism= Other chemical causes can also create a PHYSICAL state which is a literal chemical manifestations which causes the personal experience of depression.

Your suggestions are good for those who are experiencing a situational depression that is caused by life experiences that are within the range of normal but they will do nothing for the chemistry that causes the actual clinical state of depression.

There is a difference between situational depression and clinical depression. If one could "will" themselves to exercise and socialize then they do not have clinical depression - Those with clinical depression are unable to "will" themselves out of it and those whose depression is caused by medical conditions no amount of exercise, sun light diet changes are going to lift it - I know I tried before finally going in for a physical exam which is how I found out about the hypothyroidism.

So that other members can avoid the several months of feeling like dying while they are trying to do all these things , based solely on my personal experience, I would recommend all new prevailing states of depression especially in the adult should begin with a through physical exam to rule out medical causes. There are some physical conditions that cause depression that should be ruled out first and foremost.

To be honest I know my state is caused by lower thyroid hormones but it does not make the actual feeling of depression any less real.

I am sure that those suffering from bipolar and depressive disorders feel the much same way - Understanding or labeling the cause of their depression does nothing to render it any less painfully unpleasant.

Abi
07-23-13, 02:38 PM
:goodpost:

Understanding or labeling the cause of their depression does nothing to render it any less painfully unpleasant.

It does a little. Not a lot, but a little, at least for me. Understanding where it comes from does offer some modium of comfort. But by and large your post is well taken.

TygerSan
07-23-13, 06:21 PM
Understanding or labeling the cause of their depression does nothing to render it any less painfully unpleasant.

The degree to which I experience depressed mood is mild and self-limiting. However, while knowing that it is hormonally caused does not bring comfort, the fact that I can attribute the mood to a cause that will eventually dissipate *does* prevent me from doing anything drastic.

That said, I am terrified that a time will come when I lose the ability to recognize that the depression *will* eventually lift. If that ever happens, I will be in trouble.

sarahsweets
07-24-13, 04:38 AM
all wonderful ideas for someone with the blues. For someone with a chemical imbalance in their brain, it ventures into " p*ssing me off" territory

Lunacie
07-24-13, 11:55 AM
The degree to which I experience depressed mood is mild and self-limiting. However, while knowing that it is hormonally caused does not bring comfort, the fact that I can attribute the mood to a cause that will eventually dissipate *does* prevent me from doing anything drastic.

That said, I am terrified that a time will come when I lose the ability to recognize that the depression *will* eventually lift. If that ever happens, I will be in trouble.

It does feel different when the cause is unknown, or when the cause is
known but not self-limiting. When you can't see the light at the end of
the tunnel.

For instance someone who has SAD and is depressed for half the year has
trouble seeing that the depression will eventually go away when it grinds
on day after week after month.

fracturedstory
07-26-13, 08:06 AM
I'm fortunate I don't have SAD because my depression can trigger from any type of negative situation and rapidly become severe. If I had it longer than three days I'd be...well...no longer living.

However, I want to take a turn at breaking down these tips and relate them to my personal experience.

Tip #1: Today I spent quite some time in my backyard and become hypomanic. However, this isn't exactly happiness and can descend yet again into a depressed mood.
Bright light can also cause me migraines but I do try to get out under the Sun when I can.

Tip #2: Ah, staying busy. I tried this and for a while I felt less depressed so I thought it was working. Then I became so stressed and tired I triggered into a mixed episode.

Tip #3: I don't like doing nothing and I don't have a bath tub. However, I 'll give my cat a hug from time to time.

Tip #4: Healthy eating is very hard for me when depressed or impulsive. It does help a lot with mood as today I've been eating horribly (been working on the computer and avoiding hypoglycemic crashes with just random snacks) and I've been much more irritable.
I will not give up alcohol. I can cut down but I'm not giving up on it. And sugary snacks taste nice. I do a bit of exercise. Anyway, I'm a very active person.

Tip #5: The last person I talked to I wanted to punch. People think socialising is good for you but for me I can find people very offensive. I always just have to ignore the fact that they p****ed me off but it's hard to keep socialising when I keep running into people like that.
However, I do like my few friends and I do feel better when around them.

I don't like being touched except by people I fancy.

The tips aren't too bad especially when you're rapid cycling. My depression is triggered by a lot of negative social experiences so when I have positive ones I'm less depressed. But for me there's no 'wiping out' depression. It comes and it goes and I've just got to remember that my thoughts are false and there are ways to get out of it. And then it'll come back and I have to try to get myself out of it again.

I feel the wording of the tips are a little bit patronizing however.

These things do help but they're very difficult to do when you're depressed.

Fionagrape
09-10-14, 01:48 PM
Dude I've had serious depression all my life and have been misunderstood by many healthcare professionals. I know what he said might sound trite, but I forget to go outside, eat right, exercise...so any advice is helpful because at this point I'm willing to listen to anyone who wants to help and does it in a nice way. (not like doctors and HMO's who want me to take responsibility for getting over it, like it was just some bad mood.))

Thanks for the tips