No person is perpetually happy. Even the happiest person may feel depressed at some point. While depression may affect anyone at any time, prolonged bouts of this condition can negatively affect your life in many ways. Building habits that keep the blues away can be quite helpful in avoiding or dealing with sadness or anxiety before it leads to more serious depression.
Boosting Mood with Exercise
The reason why some patients stay depressed is because they don’t have physical activities, which keep their mind off their negative thoughts. It is possible to have a busy daily schedule, but the activities involved may not provide you with the exercise you need. Exercise helps in making your body release the “feel good” hormones, and help promote body relaxation and tranquility. You can try doing some exercise three times a week for about 30 minutes per session.
• Bicycling – You can try biking in the nearest park. Apart from the exercise it gives, you can also use the time to cultivate some leisure, me-time to enjoy the view along your chosen bicycling routes.
• Dancing – You do not have to be a dancer to do this. You can dance with a very catchy and upbeat music as often as you like.
• Gardening – Studies found that dealing with plants can alleviate negative moods. Seeing your plants grow and bloom can also be very uplifting.
• Yoga – Yoga is found to be very effective in making the muscles relax and for you to feel peaceful. It provides the right mix of physical activity and meditation.
Eating the Right Food
Depression often leads to loss of appetite. Make sure to eat regardless of your mood. Choose foods that are rich in nutrients instead of indulging on sugary comfort foods.
• Cut back on sweets. This habit may include limiting intake of even those considered as healthy sweets like molasses, honey and fruit juices. These may be rich in carbohydrates which could give you instant energy boost, but they also make you feel tired and then depressed later on.
• Choose whole grains. Oats and whole wheat can provide you brain with the essential energy. They can also make your body feel alive and energetic.
• Eat healthy snacks. Snack on spinach, bananas and orange juice. These three power food combination give antioxidants, preventing your brain cells from damage. They are also effective in improving your sleep and help you manage your stress.
• Treat yourself to some dark chocolates. Eat healthy amounts of dark chocolates and walnuts. These foods prevent irritability, anxiety and insomnia, and help your brain receive the essential level of oxygen.