How to Avoid Depression

depression1 People who suffer from depression are sometimes unaware of it. Unlike earlier times when people were more in touch with family and friends, today people live fast paced lives with little or no time to share their lives with others. As a result of this there is no one to stop and find out if someone is unhappy and help them change their mood.

You should see a doctor if you experience five or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks:

• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.

• Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much.

• Reduced appetite and/or weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain.

• Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex.

• Restlessness, irritability.

• Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment (such as headaches, chronic pain or digestive disorders).

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.

• Fatigue or loss of energy.

• Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless.

• Thoughts of suicide or death.

Tips to avoid depression:

1. Volunteer to help. Many NGOs offer good volunteering opportunities. Helping others is not just a mood booster; it also brings about real good in society. People who volunteer are often happy with their effect on other peoples’ lives. You can search the Internet for places to volunteer.

2. Get a hobby. Creating something is a great way to boost your self confidence and lift your mood. Learning a hobby will also ensure that you leave your house and make some new friends in your hobby class. These interactions and the appreciation for your creativity from your hobby class friends will keep depression far from you.

3. Take a walk. Research shows that when you exercise, your body produces endorphins. These are natural mood enhancers and should give you a feeling of wellness and happiness.

4. Listen to your favorite music. Music has a soothing effect, especially favorite music. When you feel a little low, put on your favorite cd and take up a household chore to perk up your mood.

5. Take a soothing shower. The feeling of a cold or hot shower is an instant comfort. Put in some scented candles to add to the calming atmosphere of your bath. Wrap yourself in a cozy bath towel and just pamper yourself.

6. Be proactive. Avoiding depression requires some effort, so don’t allow it to get to you. Go out and do something. Don’t be alone; meet up with family, friends, or neighbors so that you are not overwhelmed by the sad thoughts clogging your mind.