Depression is a debilitating mental disorder that can cause individuals a significant deal of both physical and mental distress. Those suffering from depression know just how big of an effect it can have on their wellbeing, as days become harder to get through, activities seem far less enjoyable than they normally would be, all while experiencing a flatline of emotions where almost nothing can trigger an emotional response. However, there are many ways that you can fight back against depression, and in today’s article, we will be looking at a few activities that can help to improve your state of wellbeing.
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Going For Walks
Walking is a great form of physical exercise, as it allows you to get out of the house and on your feet. Often times, those suffering from depression will notice that their thoughts can become negatively focused while left alone by themselves, and going on a brisk walk is an easy way that you can clear your mind while getting your blood flowing. Many studies, including a recent study from Stanford, found that going on walks frequently can also help to improve your creativity, one of the many perks that can be had from going outside and exploring the unknown.
Many individuals who experience depression may feel like they have no one to talk to in regards to how they are feeling. It is easy to isolate yourself from others while experiencing depressive symptoms, making it much harder to foster meaningful relationships through effective communication. If you feel like you cannot talk with anyone about how you are feeling, consider investing in a journal for writing daily entries. Many times, writing your thoughts down on paper can help to declutter your mind while reducing the risk of falling into a negative mindset.
Minimizing Screen Time
The latest technology is still relatively new, and as such, the negative implications that tech products can have are still not widely known. However, more and more evidence has compiled suggesting that overexposure to electronics can lead to depressive symptoms. Not only can minimizing screen time before bed help you receive a sounder night of sleep, it can also encourage you to do other things such as reading a book or writing in a journal.
In part two of our multi-part series, we will be looking at three more activities that you can do to help minimize the effects that depression can have. If you are interested in speaking with a trained professional about depression and anxiety, get in touch with our friendly team at Long Island Counseling. We are always here to help answer any questions that you may have, and look forward to speaking with you.