Lifestyle Changes to Manage Depression
Depressive disorders can make you feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Negative feelings and thoughts may make you feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the illness and usually do not accurately reflect your actual circumstances.Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect. In the meantime, there are some simple lifestyle measures you can take to ease depression:
- Adjust your expectations.
- Postpone important decisions until your depression has lifted.
- Participate in activities that may make you feel better.
- Be patient with yourself.
- Increase your social and spiritual support.
- Reduce your stress.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.
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- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014
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