Sunday, November 14, 2010

How To Deal With The Blues

healthy lifestyleHealthy Lifestyle? Experience the blues at one time or another, but that doesn't mean that we deal with it the same way. Everybody has their own way of dealing with the blues. But sadly, some people are just clueless about how to react to depression that they just choose to submit to it.

I, myself, have been through a phase where I just wallowed in my misery. But I found that it didn't do me much good. So, instead of letting the blues overpower me, I chose to stand up and deal with it head on.

Here are some of my tried and tested ways of dealing with depression:

Tell somebody. You can choose to tell a friend, a family member, a significant other, or even a stranger about what is depressing you. You may find that letting it out on a listening ear can be very comforting.

Write it off. Start a journal. Write down what it is about the day that got you depressed. This works perfectly for those times when you think that you cannot tell anybody the reason why you're feeling depressed.

Be creative. Take your expression out on art. Write songs or poetry, something that lets you get your depression out of your system. Put up a blank canvass and start painting your way out of your depression.

Give your mind something else to think about. Get yourself out of bed and start looking for something new to do. It can be a new craft or a new hobby, anything to keep your mind off of the reason you're depressed.

Exercise. Scientifically, exercise helps your body kick depression out of your system. When you exercise, your brain produces endorphins. Endorphins are primarily responsible for having a good mood.

Go straight to the source. Do something to resolve the reason why you're depressed. If you're depressed about your weight, get up and start working out. Moping will not help you lose weight.

Talk to a professional. If you've been feeling depressed for no clear reasons, it would be best to see a counselor or a therapist. Do not take random, chronic bouts of depression lightly because it may already be something serious.

Keep in mind that no problem gets solved on its own. If the source of your depression is something workable, don't waste time sulking on the corner. Face it head on.

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