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We all feel down in the dumps at times, which is natural given the circumstances that we may find ourselves in. But if you feel sad most of the time, there is a chance that you may be depressed.
Depression, also known as clinical depression, is a serious mood disorder that interferes with your daily activities such as sleeping, eating, energy levels, working and maintaining relationships, as well as how you feel and think. Among the symptoms are:
If you have a mixture of these symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for more than a couple of weeks, you should seek medical attention. Psychotherapy such as CBT as well as medication may be required to make you feel more like your usual self - and that is nothing to be ashamed about.
However, sometimes it may not be depression, but just a few days of feeling low. While that is not particularly fun for the person experiencing it, and it certainly needs monitoring just in case it does not get any better, the chances are that after a few days, it will lift. Here are some tips to help you deal with low moods.
Your thoughts give rise to your emotions. You will feel sad, hopeless, and helpless if you believe you are not good enough, that your life is meaningless, and that your situation will never change. And negative emotions are triggered by negative thoughts. Positive emotions such as delight, pride, and love, on the other hand, follow promising positive thoughts.
Take some time to evaluate yourself and your situation completely. Attempt to observe yourself and your circumstances objectively. Take each negative thought, dismantle it, and realistically reshape it. Remember that your interpretation is open and that it can be altered.
Exercising stimulate the production of endorphins, which are responsible for feelings of well-being and can even be analgesic, assisting you in dealing with pain. Get out and get moving.
Mindfulness, meditation, mobile IV therapy, acupuncture, massage - these are all things that can help you to relax and unwind, and when you are feeling chilled out, it is much easier to pick apart what is causing you to feel low and equip you with the tools that you need to overcome low moods.
A healthy diet will make you feel physically better which will always help with moods, but make sure it has plenty of serotonin-boosting foods as well. These include foods such as nuts and seeds, oily fish, berries, and leafy greens. These will promote healthy sleep, appetite and help to improve cognitive function.
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