Tips to manage depression
If you are depressed
If you have been experiencing a period of feeling low or down and are really struggling, you can contact Ben, speak to your GP or call NHS 111. Each of these options will help you identify what type of support you might need and would benefit from. However, if you don’t feel ready to seek professional help or would like to try making something else first, check out our tips below:
- Recognise the cause
Working out the root cause of your depression can be tricky as it may not always be obvious at first. However, if you can take some time to work out your trigger (or triggers), it will be easier to manage your situation, improve how you feel and may even resolve some of your feelings. If you’re not sure, try writing down what you’re doing (or have been doing) each time you feel depressed – keep a diary. You may notice a pattern.
- Distract yourself
When depression hits there’s a tendency to stay in our own minds and withdraw from the outside world. If you catch yourself doing that, you may find that doing an activity or talking to someone will stop the negative spiral that depression can cause. Think about listening to music or meeting supportive friends – things you would normally enjoy.
- Find the right balance
Living a healthier lifestyle has been proven to improve our mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, as can eating a healthy and balanced diet. Sleep is also extremely important – so try and get into a regular sleep routine and aim for 7-9 hours.
- Get moving
Doing an activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat will not only provide physical benefits but also help improve your mood. Being depressed can reduce your energy levels and make you feel demotivated, which might put you off exercise. However, studies have shown that getting active for more than 10 minutes per day can boost your mood and can be particularly beneficial for those with mild depression. Starting with something as simple as a brisk walk can make all the difference.
Getting thoughts, worries and stresses out of your mind by talking to someone you trust can improve your mood and even ease your depression. Whether it is a supportive work colleague, friend, family member or a professional, chatting to someone about how you feel can work wonders.
If you’re suffering from depression get in touch. You can call us free on 08081 311 333 or chat with us online. Don’t suffer alone - we're here for you.
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