9 Reasons You Are Still Depressed
By Lilla Bessenyei
I think every one of us has met depression during our journeys. There are some situations that can make you feel helpless, hopeless and unhappy. Don’t freak out, sometimes it’s OKAY to not feel OKAY. Everything happens for a reason. If you face your hardships with open eyes and learn from every situation, you will always win.
I used to suffer serious periods of depression and a lot of times, I realized it was because of things I wasn’t doing. Here is what I have learned through my dark experiences:
Sleeping is essential to feeling good. In my case, most of the times when I am feeling depressed, I am tired and/or hungry. When you feel like the world is against you and that everyone hates you, there’s a good chance you are just tired.
Take the time to get enough rest. Get at least 8-9 hours in every night. Sleep deprivation makes you more vulnerable to stress and illness, amongst many other things.
2. Eat Healthy
Getting essential nutrients is crucial for your brain to be able to think and function properly. Omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, tryptophan, chromium and selenium are scientifically proven to help relieve depression. Avoid processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol for they can worsen your depression symptoms. Eliminating gluten can also be helpful.
My personal favorite “brain foods” are cocoa and sesame seeds.
Physical activity boosts your endorphins, which increase pain tolerance and prompt a positive feeling in your body similar to morphine, except more natural. Endorphins have an analgesic and sedative effect as well. Exercise not only helps with depression, but it also increases energy levels, lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases, reduces body fat, strengthens your bones and last but not least, makes you look fit and healthy.
Find any type of physical activity you love and do it regularly. Whether that be weight lifting, walking, athletics, yoga, etc. Do what works best for you and makes you feel good.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with depression. Also, a study shows that your brain produces more serotonin (which regulates your mood levels) on sunny days than it does on darker days. Serotonin is one of your happy hormones, meaning a lack of it can be a great contributor to depression.
Go outside and exercise, take a sunbath, do some gardening. Get in some sunshine every day, or whenever you can.
5. Accept Life’s Not Always Meant To Be Easy
Recently I’ve realized that most of the times when I’m in a bad mood, it’s because I expect that life should be easy. Many depressed periods come after the most glorious events in your life. When you’re on the top you easily get comfortable, you get used to the high feelings. After the lights and the kudos are gone, boring weekdays look even harder and darker than usually.
What helps me is to acknowledge that life’s not easy. Sometimes you are in the middle of a war. You have to fight, you have to grow. It can be painful, but you have to accept the challenge.
6. Stay Positive
See the positive side of every situation. Everything happens for a reason and for your greater good. Most of the time you won’t see the whole picture in the beginning. The problems you’re facing right now are temporary, the future events you’re afraid of may never come.
7. Don’t Stress About Things You Can’t Change
If there’s something you can’t change, accept it just the way it is. Don’t stress, you don’t have to solve every problem. Be patient and everything will work out for your happiness.
8. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
Stay away from too much social media. Watching other people having success and happiness in their lives while you’re dealing with your failures can make you even more depressed.
Let me tell you a secret: everyone has their own problems, people mostly share the joyful and shiny parts of their lives on social media, don’t be deceived.
Instead of hanging on your phone and laptop all day, go out, meet new people, have fun and get busy with some meaningful work.
9. Express Your Feelings
Find a way to express yourself. Music, literature, photography, painting, or any other type of art can be useful. In my opinion, these activities help you to let go and rethink your negative feelings. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote the book The Sorrows Of Young Werther to save himself from a suicide.
Find your artistic self and something you like to express your feelings. Even coloring can be immensely helpful and even meditative. Fall in love with art and yourself.
If you want a little extra boost, give this powdered mixture a try:
You don’t have to reconcile with your depression. Use these tips to beat it and enjoy your life again. What do you like to do when you’re feeling low? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
- Sesame seeds
- Wheat germ
- Use equal amounts of each ingredient and grind them with a coffee grinder. Take a teaspoon of this mixture every day. It’s a great source of omega-3 and tryptophan.
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Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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