This day and age, money can be hard to come by. You may not have the funds to go to a doctor or see a therapist for help with your depression. Prescription medications can cost a lot of money, and even though many pharmacies offer discounted medications, your prescription may not be on the list. Even though it is best to see a doctor or therapist for help with your depression symptoms, there are plenty of things you can do for yourself, that can help you feel better.
The following tips are also good for individuals who see a doctor or therapist regularly and are on prescription medications for their depression. Talking to a therapist and medication may not be enough to keep your depression symptoms at bay. The following are some simple ways you can help your depression symptoms.
Find a Support Person and/or Group
A support person can be anyone you want it to be. It can be a family member or a friend. This person should be someone you can talk to about anything. Your support person should be a good listener and non-judgmental. It should be someone who you can talk to about your problems, hopes and dreams. When you are done conversing with your support person you should feel better about yourself and your situation.
if you do not have a person that you can trust, there are may be depression support groups in your area. Even if you have a friend or family member you can trust, it is also good to talk with others who are going through the same things you are. The leader of the support group will probably be a professional. Support groups are free.
Exercise is a great way to help ease the symptoms of depression. It increases neurotransmitters and endorphins in the brain, which helps with your brain functioning. Exercise also helps reduce stress. When individuals are depressed it is sometimes hard for them to motivate themselves enough to exercise. Try doing activities that you enjoy. According to the WebMD Medical Reference, any exercise can be helpful for depression symptoms. The following is a list of exercises you can try.
3. Yard work
Make Time for You
Having time to yourself is very important. This is time you can use to unwind and do some of your favorite, non-stressful activities. Having time to do the things you like doing, with no distractions, is very important. It can be 15 minutes, or as long as you like. Some activities you may enjoy include:
6. Watch T.V.
7. Go for a walk
8. Take a relaxing bath
9. Listen to music
Incorporate a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can help repair the body and can help improve a person’s mental outlook. Some ways you can incorporate a healthy diet are:
1. Never skip meals.
2. Eat less sugary foods.
3. Eat a diet that is high in nutrients (complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals)
4. Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet (fish, flaxseed and nuts)
5. Eat the correct serving sizes. If you are unsure what the serving sizes are check out MyPyramid.gov for helpful information.
When you notice yourself thinking negative about yourself or your situation, stop yourself and replace the negative thoughts with something positive. The more positive thoughts you have in a day the better you feel. If you start to think that you are not a good person and nobody likes you, say to yourself, “I am a good person and people like me the way I am”.
Being around positive people also helps you stay positive. Try to be around others that feel good about themselves and their situations. Limit your contact with others who always talk negative about their lives.
Many people, throughout the world, suffer from depression. These self help tips can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. It is always best to see a doctor or therapist about your depression, but if that isn’t feasible, try some of the above suggestions. There may be support groups in your area. These groups are free and are sometimes run by professionals.
Helpguide.org: Dealing with Depression
WebMD: Exercise and Depression
WebMD: Depression and Diet
United States Department of Agriculture: MyPyramid.gov