BY Dr. KHOOBSURAT NAJMA
Depression is a very common health condition and often goes unnoticed. If not managed well, it can affect how you think, feel and behave and lead to emotional, mental and physical problems.
Signs of depression include altered sleep habits, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts, feeling sad all the time, overeating or loss of appetite, lack of energy, feeling helpless, excessive crying, poor concentration
8 ways to manage Depression
Start a daily routine: Setting a simple daily schedule can help you get back in track and give you control over your life
Set daily goals: When you’re depressed, you may feel like you can’t accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. Set daily goals for yourself, like going for a walk, meeting a friend, finishing an assignment or reading a book
Watch what you eat: If depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better. Replace all the junk food with healthy foods like whole grains, fruits, proteins, vegetables
Get enough sleep: Depression can make it hard to get enough sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom (phone, computer and no TV)
Start an exercise plan: Exercise does wonders to your mind and body. Exercise helps release endorphins that help fight stress and depression. Going for 30 minute walks 4-5 times a week can help you a lot.
Fight back negative thoughts: When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions. Use logic as a natural depression treatment. It takes practice, but in time you can beat back those negative thoughts before they get out of control.
Do something new. When you’re depressed you seem to be stuck in a zone. . Push yourself to do something different. Trying something new alters the levels of dopamine (a brain chemical), which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning
Seek help from your doctor and/or a counselor: Admit that you need help and consult a doctor. Be willing to ask and accept help and start treatment if needed