Depression can make every aspect of your life feel more challenging. Getting out of bed, going to work, and hanging out with friends can all feel like a chore. Fortunately, you can do things to enhance your quality of life and manage your symptoms. Our Windermere counseling professionals offer the following tips for coping with depression.
Paying bills, doing the dishes, and doing other household chores can be challenging when you struggle with depression. Unfortunately, dirty clothes all over your bedroom floor, a sink full of dirty dishes, and a pile of unaddressed bills will only make you feel more worthless. Instead, take control of your chore list by starting small. Address one project at a time. Moving around the house will help you begin to feel better. But taking note of all the headway you are making will commence with sending your depression packing.
Procrastinating can be very compelling with depression symptoms like trouble focusing and exhaustion. Unfortunately, despair is fueled by putting things off. It can cause increased stress, anxiety, and remorse over time. It is essential to manage your time well and set deadlines for yourself. Make short-term goals and try to get the vital things completed first. You will be conquering the habit of procrastination with everything you complete successfully.
Depression can cause you to get caught up in negative thinking in addition to making you feel bad. However, you can improve your mood by turning around your negative thought patterns. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a therapy type that helps you recognize and adjust negative thought patterns to eliminate your depression. You can also take advantage of online courses, apps, and self-help books to learn techniques for transforming negative thoughts.
Your diet has an apparent effect on your mental health. Studies show that improving your nutrition can treat and prevent mental illness in many cases. Depression can be affected by brain essential nutrients. For example, some studies show that vitamin D deficiency is associated with depression symptoms. Consult your physician before starting supplements or vitamins or making significant changes to your diet.
Sleep is intimately related to your mood. Studies show that most people suffering from major depression have sleep disturbances. Some people find difficulty falling asleep. Others are exhausted at all times and have trouble getting out of bed. Practicing good sleep hygiene habits may be the best way to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. Try turning off electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Use dim lighting to read or practice another activity that helps you relax. It can also be helpful only to use your bed to sleep and engage in sexual activity, so you only associate your bed with relaxation.
These are just a few of the ways to cope with depression. Contact us today to make an appointment for Windermere counseling. We are here to help you find balance and wellbeing in your life.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.