Lifestyle changes that can treat depression exercise. Regular exercise can be as effective at treating depression, as medication not only does exercise, boost serotonin endorphins and other field the brain chemicals it triggers. The growth of new brain cells and connections just like antidepressants do. Best of all you don’t have to train for a marathon in order to reap the benefits.
Even a half hour daily walk can make a big difference for maximum results, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity. On most days, nutrition eating well is important for both your physical and mental health, eating small well-balanced meals throughout the day will help you keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
While you may be drawn to sugary foods for the quick boost they provide, complex carbohydrates are a better choice, they’ll get you going without the all too soon sugar crash. Sleep has a strong effect on mood, when you don’t get enough sleep your depression symptoms will be worse, sleep deprivation exacerbates irritability, moodiness, sadness and fatigue.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. Very few people do well on less than seven hours. A night aim for somewhere between 7 to 9 hours each night, social support, strong social networks, reduce isolation.
A key risk factor for depression is keep in regular contact with friends and family or consider joining a class or group. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get social support and help others while also helping yourself.
Stress reduction make changes in your life to help manage and reduce stress. Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression. Take the aspects of your life that stress you out such as work, overload or unsupportive relationships and find ways to minimize their impact.