How to Deal With Depression

25 08 2008
 Q. I deal with depression on a daily basis and I’m not sure why I feel so negative.  I just don’t feel like doing anything and nothing really interests me anymore.  Do you have any recommendations on how I can be more positive about life and get out of this funk?
 A. Depression is a very tough mental health condition to control and manage on a daily basis, but for the majority that has mild (severe depression – seek professional help) forms of depression can be managed by incorporating some life style change habits.  There are many life factors that can depress 1 of 3 elements that make up a person (body, mind and soul).  I can say with conviction if you can work to improve one of the 3 elements that make up your total being, you can improve your depressed state.  By managing depression your demeanor will become more positive, your body more healthy!  Listed below are some activity  recommendations that “can and will” provide happiness and wellbeing while thwarting depression.  You’ll note in the recommendations I don’t list TV, or movie activities as a positive life habit.  This is because if you simply watch something as opposed to putting yourself into the actual activity (exercise, travel, etc.), or virtual mental role (a good book, or game that provides a working positive mental experience) it is very tough to beat depression otherwise.  I think good books can be a very positive experience.  What’s the difference between a book and a movie?  Movies require no imagination.  On the other hand books stimulate the imagination [works the brain], by gaining information, makes you think, which also stimulate knowledge seeking from other sources.  Initially, books are an individual healthy mental activity that can/do lead to human exchange, mental stimulation and/or spiritual growth  brain function.  Communication with others has a very positive effect on those that suffer mild forms of depression. 

Remember, positive stimulus of the mind where it is exercised through two-way communication (input/output) plays a combatant role against depression healing the mind & body [body and mind are connected].  I believe certain game stations (computerized virtual activities) can provide a positive mental and physical benefit [as a good book].  However, I think games are better exercised with others… Like cards, game boards, etc.  Select one, or two ideals listed below and work towards accomplishing a project, goal, objective, etc.  If you make anyone of these activities a continuous life habit, I can guarantee your depression and anxiety levels will decrease or disappear. 

  1.  Find an activity that you enjoy.  For example, walking, nutritious cooking, reading, draw, paint, home improvement, gardening, interior design, gym membership, aerobics class, cycling class, travel abroad, fishing, hiking, camping, etc.  Each one of these types of activities provides an interactive personal experience to further know oneself and find other experiences outside of your comfort zone.
  2. Incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle.  For example, ensure you get plenty of fresh fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits and fiber.  Supplement your diet with a good daily supplement if your schedule simply will not allow you to consume 3 to 4 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Also if your over 45 years of age, or older, you should seriously consider supplementing your diet with other nutrients that we no longer receive from our foods, due to poor crop rotation farming practices, pesticides, herbicides and steroids now found in our foods [organic farms produce live stock and all other natural foods without these poor farming practises].
  3. See your primary physician.  Ask for a referral to speak with a mental health consultant. This does not mean you are crazy!   Pychologists and psychiatrists simply have much more information and tools to offer.  Although I promote natural foods & supplements to deal with depression, I also realize there are other “short term” benefits that can be derived through use of pharmaceuticals.  I believe the goal should be to find a “natural long term” solution(s) to deal with depression as opposed to long term pharmaceutical use.
  4. Stay in touch with family and close friends.  The worst thing you could possibly do is to isolate yourself.  I understand you may feel like you don’t have a friend in the world.  This simply is not true!  Don’t try to deal with depression on your own.  Find someone you can talk to.  Family and friends are your best source of support.  If you can not find this support in your own family, or close circle of friends, call a depression hot line, seek other public health, or mental health service centers and churches in your area, see your physician.  You simply must discuss your depression issues with someone if you can not help yourself.  To go it alone is very difficult and needs not to be this way.
  5. Find the meaning of life.  This is very perplexing, personal and is as old as time itself.  I believe the meaning of life is a personal experience for each individual and where each one of us is scripted to fulfill a role in this life time and beyond.  To not understand your souls spirituality is to not understand your purpose in life and passage to the next (soul is the third component that makes up human).  To not understand your purpose in this life and afterlife can be a very depressing proposition.  I highly recommend you go on a spiritual journey to understand your purpose here in this life.  Choose book topics to expand your souls spirituality by reading biblical studies and prophecy, historical philosophers, current spiritual scholars, authors, ministers, etc., study scripture, afterlife experiences, personal conversations with God, the after world and so forth.  Please don’t limit yourself to any one religion as God is universal.  With a little effort, you will quickly define your purpose here on this planet which will provide a positive mental health experience for you.  Also visit our site Wellness Company page.  We offer excellent “NATURAL” products scientifically formulated to remove chemical toxin allergies from your home.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2008 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing,   Sign up for your Free Monthly Health eNewsletter.



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