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Kick The Blues Away – Tips On How To Overcome Depression

Updated on June 7, 2011
There's your road to happiness
There's your road to happiness

Depression, sadness, the blues – whatever you call it, the feeling is the same. This low, dark and hopeless feeling overcomes you. When it engulfs you, it would seem like nothing in the world matters anymore. The things that used to make you happy no longer do their magic.

To most people, getting the blues is an occasional problem brought about by hormonal problems or big changes that have recently occurred. But to some people, depression is something they have to tackle every single gloomy day.

Clinically depressed people have to battle denial. They have to acknowledge their depressive problems first so they can start finding the right solutions.

A lot of things can help kick the blues away whether or not this is a common or an occasional problem. Here are some tips you can try:

1. Think about the times when you are really happy and give yourself a reminder.

In my case, I’d always feel warm and fuzzy inside whenever the Christmas season is approaching. When I feel down, I’d play Christmas songs in my music player and listen to it while working. It keeps stress levels down and it helps me look forward to the coming days. Others actually spray peppermint fresheners in their room. The smell of peppermint transports them to Christmas seasons.

Use your senses to trigger a good flow of happy feelings and happy thoughts.

2. Exercise daily.

Exercise improves circulation which will then help get rid of sluggish and drowsy feelings. But the main benefit of exercising to depressive people is its ability to trigger the release of “feel-good” hormones such as serotonin and endorphin. Women who have their menstrual period should try doing some physical activities that can help enhance serotonin and endorphin production.

3. Meditate

In the case of most people, when they are sad, they tend to burden themselves more with sadness by being around a lot of people. Instead of going out and trying to have some fun, why don’t you just try to connect with your inner self and find a little peace and quiet. Listen to soothing nature music such as the sound of the waves or the rustle of the leaves. Close your eyes and breathe in and out deeply. Picture yourself in your happy place – the place where everything is just good and right.

4. Get a good night’s rest.

Nothing can put you in a somber mood quite like skipping a good night’s sleep. They say that everything looks better in the morning. Chances are, they are right. Everything does look better in the morning.

5. Give thanks.

After waking up in the morning, enumerate the things you should be thankful for. Whether it is the chance to live another day of your life or simply spending time with your family and friends, appreciation is essential. It also triggers a flow of good karma. If you are thankful for the little things you have, the universe will reward you with more gifts.

6. Eat more fish.

Fishes are replete in omega-3 fatty acids. These are the fatty acids that help balance out the production of hormones. It has also been proven effective in alleviating the signs of depression.

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