ease depressionIf you’re battling depression, you know how debilitating it can be. It’s more than just feeling unhappy; it’s pervasive and it takes time to develop positive strategies to help lift your symptoms. While antidepressants and psychotherapy are the cornerstone of treatment, there are many tools that you use to help ease your depressive symptoms.

1. Journal

Journaling has a profound impact on your mood because it can work in two ways. You can write down all of your fears and worries to help ease and quiet your mind. You can also use journaling to remind you that things are never as bad as they may seem. Make a habit of jotting down a few things you’re grateful for each time you journal. Also try to make note of something positive that happened to you that day, no matter how insignificant you may think it is.

2. Exercise

Regular exercise isn’t only good for your physical health, it works wonders for your spirits. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which help improve your immune system and boost your mood and self-esteem. You should strive to get 20 minutes of cardio or weight work (something that gets you pumping) 5 times per week.

3. Stop Negative Self Talk

When you’re depressed, you may find that it’s easier to see things in a negative way instead of a positive one. You may blame yourself when things go awry because depression reinforces self-doubt. When your thoughts turn negative, get out your journal and jot down a few things you like about yourself. This will help you change your thought process and ease depression. Get on Twitter and follow Twitter handles that post motivational and inspiring quotes – there’s a bunch! They can give you a positive stream of hope and encouragement at the touch of a finger any time you need to nurture yourself.

4. Listen to Music

Music has healing powers that are often overlooked or easily dismissed. When you’re feeling depressed, turn on some upbeat music and you’ll notice that your mood can begin to improve.

While these things can help ease minor depression symptoms, you should consult your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen. To learn more about innovative treatments for depression, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 860.648.9755.

To getting you back to your best self,
Lori Calabrese, MD

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