Unique ways to help treat depression
If you are in need of new and refreshing ways to cope and deal with depression, this blog is for you as we take you through realistic ways that will help you transform your mental health journey for the better.
If you are experiencing depression, just know that you are not alone. Particularly around this time of the year when many people are experiencing severe exhaustion, burnout and anxiety. Again, you are not alone and there are ways that you can help fight back against mental health, from your lifestyle, and physical activity to just the way that you think can all be a more natural way to cope with depression.
Here are a few of our favourite tips to help you start feeling better – starting right now!
Create your own personal routine
We honestly cannot stress enough how important it is that you create a new healthy routine for yourself that you can follow every single day. The reality is that depression can often strip away any forms of structure that you have. All of sudden, days are blurring into one another.
By gently introducing a daily schedule into your life, you can easily begin to get your life back on track. Remember to start of small, a to not overwhelm yourself. And by day 28 you would have formed a healthier habit where you begin embracing a new routine with great ease.
Start moving your body
Have you ever heard of those feel-good chemicals that your body produces called endorphins? Well, let this new word become a part of your vocabulary from now on because it is an important part of your wellness journey.
When you exercise regularly you are encouraging your brain to produce this happy chemical throughout your body. Basically, your body is temporarily rewired in a more positive way, making you feel a drastic boost in your mood. So, start prioritizing exercise on a daily basis and watch your mood improve – instantly!
Focus on a healthy eating plan
Did you notice how we didn’t use the word ‘diet’? That was totally intentional because dieting is unrealistic and ridiculously unhealthy too. We want you to have a good relationship with your food, especially if you are suffering from depression.
Now keep in mind that there are no magic foods that will cure depression, unfortunately, but eating healthily is very important. By focusing on getting in all of your vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, you are minimizing the likelihood that you develop a deficiency, which will only make your depression worse. A healthy body always equals a healthy mind – never forget that.
When you are depressed, you either suffer from insomnia where you struggle to get enough shut-eye or you are sleeping way too many hours in the day. It is important that you find that healthy balance and prioritise getting between 7 and 8 hours of rest every day.
Try and make sure that you create a sleep schedule for yourself where you go to bed at the same time every night. Minimise the amount of distraction around bedtime – that means no TV, phone or computer – and focus on improving your quality of rest.
Set goals for yourself
Goal setting isn’t just saved for your New Year’s resolutions. It is never too late to begin making positive changes in your life. Depression can often make you feel like you cannot achieve very much, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can achieve anything that you put your mind to.
By writing out your goals, you can actually see what you are working towards. This will help keep you motivated to achieve it. And if that makes you feel slightly overwhelmed, break down your goal into more realistic, sizeable chunks. By focusing on your goals, your brain will instantly begin to feel a lot better and more focused and motivated.
Challenge your negative thoughts and feelings
Remember that the fight against depression is not only physical but also mental too, which means focusing on changing the way that you think. When you're depressed, you tend to jump to the worst possible conclusions. Negative thoughts begin to circle your mind and now you are hyper-fixated on the worst-case scenarios.
Instead, when a negative thought enters your mind, ask yourself why you are feeling that way and whether or not those feelings are just a figment of your imagination. Challenge your negative thoughts with positive ones.
Try to spin a more optimistic scenario when you are feeling like you are out of control. You are incredibly powerful, and your mind can obey you if you remind it of your power and all of the good in the world too.
Take out a health insurance policy
This point may seem rather strange, but you will quickly realise that it is an important part of prioritising your mental and physical wellness. By taking out an insurance policy, you are ensuring that you have access to healthcare professionals that can help you deal with your depression.
This way you are able to access the top private doctors in the country without having to worry about footing the bill. You can also be paid BEFORE seeing your doctor of your choice and gain access to specialists too that are well-versed in helping people cope with depression.
If you are suffering from depression, there is immense power in asking for help. Speak up, raise your hand and ask for help, as there is always someone there to help assist you whenever you are in need.
- South African Depression & Anxiety Group – (0800) 12 13 14
- Lifeline South Africa - (0861) 322 322
Yours in holistic health insurance,