Overcoming Depression: Practical Steps
Do you experience persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt? Are you feeling fatigued, anxious, restless, or like you can’t focus? Have you lost interest in the activities you once enjoyed, or have your coworkers or loved ones noticed that you’ve been more irritable than usual?
If this sounds familiar, you might have depression, a common but serious mood disorder. You should schedule an appointment with a therapist as soon as possible, but in the meantime, here are some practical steps you can take to help manage your depression:
- Eat a nutritious diet.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week (but be sure to consult with a doctor before beginning a new workout regimen).
- Get at least seven hours of sleep each night and try to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day.
- Schedule time for a fun activity each day, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
- Spend time with loved ones and limit the amount of interaction you have with individuals who bring you down.
- Give back to your community (for example, by volunteering at a local nonprofit organization).
- Set attainable goals for yourself (for instance, rather than saying that you’ll clean the entire house, commit to washing the dishes in the sink).
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Are you having trouble overcoming sadness? We can help you take the first step toward conquering your depression and improving your quality of life. Contact us today at (603)332-8000 or complete a brief screening form on our page to get started!