In your daily life, you live through a lot of moments and situations which can affect your emotions either positively or negatively, especially when you are battling to overcome depression.
Among these are your lifestyle, the people you encounter, your personal achievements and objectives, the weather conditions, and your state of mind.
Luckily, most of these are within your control.
This means that you can always choose to view them in a way that works to your advantage.
The last thing you want to do is get swept up and let the emotion of the moment get the better part of you.
Depression is one emotion that needs to be handled with a lot of care as it does not only affect the state of your health but in serious cases, your life is actually at stake.
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I am glad to share tips to help you along your journey, but please remember this is only based on my personal experience and not in any way medical advice. Please consult a medical professional if you feel you have signs of depression and have yet to seek treatment, or if you have questions regarding your diagnosis.
I have personally dealt with depression for many years, and it often creeps up on me just when I feel like I have gained my footing. Most people will never truly be rid of it, but there is a lot we can do to keep it at bay in our lives.
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Let’s walk through some important tips to help as you overcome depression.
Work on your lifestyle: Available research indicates that one of the major causes of depression today is your way of life.
This includes your eating regime, exercises, the way you associate with people, and your home environment.
Health experts recommend that you eat a healthy diet and pair it with some regular workouts if you want to help manage your mood swings.
Some diets are known to cause a lot of anxiety to people with sensitivities.
This means that the earlier you know about your body’s reaction to certain foods, the higher your chances of avoiding their negative effects.
As another health-focused habit, workouts are known to keep your mind and your body engaged.
This reduces the chances of you ruminating on your personal issues and releases feel-good endorphins into your system to help combat your depression.
I know the last thing you may feel like doing is heading to the gym, but even a few minutes per day of yoga can have excellent benefits.
Get some rest: After a busy day or lots of activity, it is more likely that your mind or body will be exhausted which may negatively impact your ability to cope with depression if you fail to get some rest.
Most parents, especially moms, have a lot on their plate including taking care of their family, doing household chores, and maybe even a full-time job.
This can make it hard for parents to fit in time to rest and rejuvenate!
In the long run, overstimulation and endless activity can cause dizziness and fatigue as you are forcing your mind and body to handle more than it is supposed to.
Most physicians recommend that you at least sleep for six hours per night to give your mind enough time to get enough rest, but we all know that worries, midnight wakings, and life, in general, can greatly reduce how much we actually sleep.
Separate Work and Family Time: You need to prioritize everything you do to avoid letting life’s stressors interfere with your family time.
Often, people who work outside the home make the mistake of dragging their personal issues to their work which ends up causing even more problems in their lives.
But what about bringing work issues home? Make sure that you draw a clear line between time for work and for family to avoid causing problems at home.
If you work from home, this can be an even greater challenge than for someone who can just “leave it at the office.”
Make an effort to have fun with your family even when you don’t feel like it.
Try as much as possible to remain relaxed and present without worrying about tomorrow or how your day has been.
You might find that your mood lifts and your depression lightens just a bit from the time spent connecting with those most important to you.
What other tips do you have for moms who are working to overcome depression?
Let me know in the comments below!
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