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Managing Depression on a Daily Basis

Updated on August 30, 2011

Living with Depression

At some point, many people suffer depression that usually fades with time. In the lives of others, depression is an on-going problem.

No matter what you do, you just don't feel good. You want to sleep all the time, but when you do sleep, it's not good sleep. You've lost your appetite. You may feel self-conscious about yourself. You don't want to leave the house.

It's hard living with depression. You may push away family and friends, neglect pets. I know, I've been there. I've heard, "I can't deal with you when you're like this" and "I can't deal with your problem anymore." I've seen people close to me get hurt, become frustrated, and give up because of my depression. I've lived it since before I can remember, but I've never done much about it besides deal with it.

Recently, I've found all medications that have helped. I've also started exercising, but it's too late for past relationships. It's too late to start over when you've ruined something that never really existed.

If you're like me, you can't help your depression, it's genetic, situational, or environmental. It's not your fault that you may push people away, but it's your fault if you don't try to get help.

Home Remedies for Depression

There are different home remedies that may aid your depression. In some cases, there are natural depression remedies that are blends of various herbs and extracts. No matter what the herbal remedy, you will want to consult your physician.

  • St. John's Wort
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Theanine
  • SAM-e (S-adenoslmethionine)
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Selenium

Exercise

I know that it's hard to get out of bed, much less out of the house, but it's important to try to exercise when you suffer from depression.

It's been proven that when you exercise, you release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body and brain.Endorphins can act like an analgesic to reduce pain, as well as a sedative to aid sleep.

When you exercise regularly,you can actually reduce stress, ward off anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem, and improve your sleep habits.

Any form of exercise can help, but if you're looking for a moderate type of exercise,consider biking, dancing, jogging, low-impact aerobics, tennis, swimming, walking, and yoga. Other activities that you may want to consider may include gardening, housework (cleaning, mopping, etc.), general yard work, and anything that gets you off the couch, even if it's just walking the mall.

Depression Diet

Even if you want to eat chocolate, icecream, and other fatty foods, you'll actually want to avoid these foods.

Eat protein-rich foods, such as turkey, chicken, and tuna; proteins contain tyrosin, which can boost levels of dopamine norepinephrine. The boost of brain chemicals can potentially help make you feel more alert and make concentrating easier.

Eat foods rich in antioxidants.

Try to maintain a healthy diet as best as you can, but you may find that with your reduced mood, you may crave carbohydrates. Well, this is potentially related to decreased seratonin activity, making you crave carbs, which have been linked to the mood boosting hormone.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor so that you can determine your diagnosis and the best treatment.

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    • vydyulashashi profile image

      vydyulashashi 

      7 years ago from Hyderabad,India

      Depression is one dreadful thing that keeps us away from our own surroundings. Very helpful tips from you.

      God Bless You!

    • VENZKHVAM profile image

      VENZKHVAM 

      7 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      Mr.depression doesn't come where there is loving people around you. You really need to have very good understanding relatives or at least you should have motivating and helping friends who listens to your problem and give you motivating support whenever you are down.

      But yes you have written one of the most common found disorder of human kind is facing due to various reason the solution this is only love and affection along with the materialistic pleasures available.

      voted up and following you as well.

    • suvitharoja profile image

      suvitharoja 

      7 years ago from India

      Yes,You are right. Depression encounters everyone at some point of life and it is very essential to come out of it at the earliest.

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      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      Depression is something that runs in my family. I have fought it for years. I found that with my low blood pressure, I couldn't take certain herbs. Instead I turned to researching herbs I could use. I rely on my faith to help me, but sometimes that doesn't seem enough, so I write. Looking back over my journals, I have seen what has triggered my depression and how I worked through it. Now a days, it doesn't seem to plague me as often. Great hub!

    • samhirata profile image

      samhirata 

      7 years ago

      It's important to talk with a psychiatrist to find the RIGHT medication. I have battled depression all my life as well. It took a caring doc and the right type and DOSE of meds to make any significant difference. You're not alone and it's not wrong to push until you have the right tools to live a normal life. Sunlight is also key for people with depression. Even if you don't want to exercise at least take a book out and read in the sun. It'll help!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I, too, have battled depression forever--since I was just a kid. It has to be genetic. My problem with exercise is that I hate it, even when I'm feeling motivated. It's so hard. And I don't really want to sleep; I just want to eat. I've tried ginko, Sam-E, and St. John's Wort to no avail. Have you heard that fish oil may help? I've also tried a couple of anti-depressants that didn't work. I don't know what else to do. Wine helps, but I can't drink that at work. haha. So, the meds you take now have really helped significantly??

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