Emotional and Mental

Beyond the Blues

10 Things to Do Every Day to Beat Depression

Overcoming depression is possible by making positive choices for yourself each day.

Exercise is one of the most powerful weapons against depression. You release endorphins and produce serotonin while helping to block stress hormones -which can relieve depression. Swimming is particularly effective at decreasing panic and sadness due to the combinations of strokes, breathing, and repetition. It’s a form of whole-body, moving meditation.

Concentrate on things that bring you joy throughout the day. Keep a journal that highlights what made you smile-called mom, thanked a coworker, watched the sunrise, etc. Read over those joys before you go to bed at night.

Listing out what you complete every day can help you see what you are accomplishing with your life.

There is an unspoken message hidden in a giggle that says, “I promise, you’ll get through this.” Human beings can heal from a host of different illnesses if they learn to laugh. 

Meditation can help lengthen the time span between negative thoughts.

Arming your brain with the right nutrients can help to minimize the struggle with depression by 50%.

Your brain is only as healthy as what you put in your stomach. Some depression and anxiety symptoms can be relieved through eating right!

Depression and anxiety can be the result of inflammation caused by gluten and sugar. Keeping these items out of our system will help decrease inflammation, and increase your mood.

Keep your circadian rhythm - the body’s internal biological clock for brain activity and hormone production at its maximum. When off balance, mood-related chemicals in the body shift and cause depression. 

Take time every day to “check-in” with yourself. It will keep you focused on what is important to you in your life.

If you think you might need additional help, don’t forget Best Care EAP is here to help. A professional counselor is available at no cost to you.

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