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Dealing With Depression - 5 Helpful Hints to Give You Hope

Updated on September 30, 2013

Affected Brain

What is Depression?

In this article, I will give you 5 helpful hints to give you hope, even in what seem like your darkest hours.

Depression is such a debilitating disease, it will take over your life, make you feel worse than anything you believed possible, without actually feeling ill.

Depression begins with a depletion of serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for maintaining your mood, sleep cycle, and temperature levels, stable.

Difficult to get up and about
Difficult to get up and about

Dealing With Depression

Here are 5 helpful hints to give you hope, and help you in dealing with depression.

1. Drink plenty of water. Even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism around 3%, and lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue, also a symptom of depression. Mild dehydration can also produce feelings of anxiety and depression. So of course drinking plenty of water will help to counteract the symptoms.

Fruit & Vegetables

Eat and Drink Heathily

2. Eat a carefully chosen diet, to include plenty of protein sources, such as lean meat, green leafy vegetables, beans, all of which helped to produce the neurotransmitters you are lacking.

3. Avoid alcohol, which will not only dehydrate you (see point 1) it will also increase your heart rate, which will increase anxiety. Alcohol will destroy a lot of the vitamins your body needs to reduce anxiety.

Exercise is Good

4. Get plenty of exercise, regularly. Even if only a walk every day, will help the heart rate and also get the endorphins going, for better general well-being.

5. Decide for yourself which course of treatment you want to take; First seek doctors advice, then decide whether you want to take medication, or try to deal with it with natural remedies. The doctor will tell you how severe your case is, and you can take it from there.

However you decide to deal with it, there is always a solution, always a way out, no matter how dark things may seem. Treat yourself to a cup of cocoa, or a slab of dark chocolate (also a helpful natural remedy) and feel better!!

Depression Cycle

Chocolate and depression

I'm not kidding, if you like cocoa or chocolate, look here!

Chocolate and Depression - Can Chocolate Really Help Depression Symptoms?

Chocolate lovers will find solace there, but whatever your preference, remember there is always a solution, no one has to go it alone.


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    • dianew profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spain

      Thank you Almasi Glad to help

    • almasi profile image


      7 years ago

      A wonderful hub with useful tips. Thanks.

    • dianew profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Spain

      Thanks and welcome to hubpages!

    • ng0208 profile image


      8 years ago from Kentucky

      There's a few things I will be keeping in mind from this article!


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