Fighting the Dark Elements, Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety not only cascades our sole with darkness but also make our lives haunted with hopelessness and sadness. Depression can be defined as the feeling of dullness that saddens the panorama around a person, while anxiety is the feeling of insecurity and curiosity even about minimal events. Both of these can be a result of several factors such as genetics, a serious disease, drugs, abuse, death or loss, etc. This is a very critical and sensitive mental health condition and it must be tackled with upmost care.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FIGHT DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY?
The repercussions of depression and anxiety can be very dangerous and harmful, and if left untreated can even be fatal. It not only decreases the potential of a person but also hampers the overall productivity and panorama gets hampered.
TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
For treating depression and anxiety, the very first thing is realising the truth about oneself. Aren’t you exhausted with all the contemplation and the pain? Don’t you want to end all the pain and imbue yourself with implicit ecstasy again? Only when we accept the disease we can work towards fixating it. There are several medications that help the cause. Many a times talk therapy is also used, and for most serious cases the combination of both is used. Let’s discuss the several natural and medical treatments that might help fighting the battle:
1) WORK OUT
Exercise casts several magic spells on this disorder. Exercising instigates the release of endorphins. Endorphin is a chemical which is also called a feel-good chemical. It spreads the feeling of well-being and goodness. Exercise also helps in boosting positive body image and automatically halts the depression due to this reason. It enhances the self-confidence and self-esteem of a person. Exercise also solves issues with sleep, sets the blood pressure to normal and causes nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in our brain and body functioning accelerates our mood and makes us feel better. Thus, exercise is a very important treatment that must be taken up.
2) GET PROPER SLEEP
Getting proper sleep is very important as sleep has several enchanting benefits issued with it. It not only enhances our memory and helps our body fight germs but it also reduces mood swings. Sleep helps our brain rest properly, thus reducing the effect of depression. It’s harder to think and manage our feelings properly when it comes to lack of sleep. Insomnia is also a symptom of depression, thus both sleep and depression are inter-related. Sometimes depression may arise due to lack of sleep, while sometimes sleep problems may pop up due to depression.
3) INCULCATE HEALTHY EATING HABITS
Healthy eating habits obviously does not instantly eases us out of depression but it has several positive effects on the overall treatment. The food that we must add to our dies includes antioxidants, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin B, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium rich food. All of these vitamins and nutrients work on our body and brain to provide a positive mental and physical environment. Food with high calorie rates should be avoided as body image has a very important role to play in depression and anxiety.
4) ELEMINATE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
Negative thoughts and depression are like cousins, they go hand in hand. It is very important to be ignorant to disturbing thoughts and inculcate the positive ones. Try concentrating on good things about yourself and your life. Pondering about the bad ones only increase the problem rather than decreasing.
5) WORK ON YOUR INTEREST
Pick out the things that you are good at, things that bring you happiness. Working on your interest helps in boosting your confidence, as it is easier to be good in something that we are interested in. thus, instead of working on things that we don’t like, we must first work on the things that interest us.
6) MAKE A ROUTINE AND SET GOALS
It is very essential to get back into a normal day to day schedule. This not only becomes productive but it exhausts us and keeps our mind away from any disturbing thoughts. We must get a goal and work towards it. It puts us in a different, constructed path from the disturbing one.
7) THERAPIES AND MEDICATION
There are several therapies and medication that helps us come out of depression; however medication should not be taken without prescription from the doctor as anti-depressants might have some adverse action. Talk therapy is generally very effective as it brings out the emotions of a person by the means of communication.
Depression and anxiety are something that people generally ignore, and this gives it the chance to grow into serious stages. Early identification and treatment of it is very important.
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