April 14, 2017

The Sun is Shining, yet Depression Lingers

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:43 am by kellyfdennis

According the the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 16 million adults over the age of 18 reported at least one major depressive episode las year. It is one of the most common problems, not only in the USA, but worldwide. While depression responds best to medications combined with therapy, there are some things you can do outside of session to ease the symptoms of depression.

Don’t sleep too much. Depression beckons some people to their beds for the better part of a day, but did you know too much sleep is actually not good for you? Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Getting more than that has been shown to increase heart disease, headaches, and the risk for diabetes. In fact, a recent study drew a correlation between oversleeping and the development of Alzheimer’s later in life. Try your best to wake up at the same time each morning and go to sleep at the same time every night.

Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself to healthy things you find calming and that improve your mood. Find relaxing activities that help you unwind. Listening to music or reading or just giving yourself 15 minutes of down time can be helpful. Say kind words to yourself as well. Even though this feels awkward at first, it is very helpful to say “I’m going through something hard right now, it’s ok to feel this way. I know I won’t feel this way forever.”

Practice self-acceptance. Others do not define you, accept yourself for who you are, flaws and all. There is not a single person in this world that is perfect, everyone has strengths and growth areas. Many different qualities, including personality, background, character, make us who we are. Everyone has something to offer and is important and worthy of respect. Even though it doesn’t seem like it when you are considering it, connecting with other people can really be beneficial in combatting depression.

Remember that nothing lasts forever. This feeling of depression will dissipate, especially if you take your meds, go to therapy, and do some extra things to help it pass. I frequently pin activities, ideas, worksheets, etc. about therapy on Pinterest. Check out my boards sometime!

Be Well and Have a wonderful Day!

 

 

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