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Depression is difficult to overcome and often requires professional help. To complement therapy, there are some simple habits that depressed people can learn to aid recovery.
Staying in touch. Even if the tendency is to withdraw from social contact, staying connected is essential during times of depression. The hardest but most important step is to let a few trustworthy people know about the depression so that they can listen and provide companionship in times of need.
Get moving. Exercise is a proven mood-booster and powerful means to fight depression. It is one way to form a regimen that diverts a person's focus towards something productive and which improves the self.
Eat and sleep well. Going back to basic healthy habits such as getting enough sleep and eating a nutritious diet improves the body's energy and chemical balance that would affect a person's mood. Likewise,
depressed people should avoid substances that dampen the mood such as alcohol and drugs.
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Boost self-image. Doing things one enjoys or is good at is another way to keep the mind from being idle and also helps in developing confidence.
Paul Gabrinetti, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst and a core faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Visit this LinkedIn page to learn more.