Navigation Links
Five Self-Care Strategies For Depression

There's no quick fix for depression. Even if you are under medical care and taking antidepressant medication, improvement takes time. //

The December issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers five self-care strategies that can help you feel better and reduce the risk of recurrence.

1. Keep active. As little as 15 to 30 minutes of physical activity most days has been shown to improve mood. Long-term regular exercise can help prevent recurrence.

2. Eat well. A well-balanced eating strategy will help you feel better now and later.
  • Eat more whole grains, beans and vegetables. They provide a longer-lasting energy source than processed baked goods and sugar.
  • Eat regular meals, especially breakfast. Regular meals avoid the irritability and overeating that can come from skipping meals.
  • Increase your intake of cold-water fish such as salmon, halibut, tuna and bluefish. Research indicates that the omega-3 fatty acids in these cold-water fish may help reduce symptoms of depression.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can contribute to depression and anxiety.
  • 3. Get adequate sleep. Aim for eight hours a night, and be consistent with bedtime.

    4. Control stress. Coping with depression is stressful enough, so try to limit other sources of stress.
    • Simplify your schedule and prioritize.
    • Get organized so you know where to find things you need.
    • If you need a break, take it, even if it's just a day trip or weekend getaway.
    • Recognize stress signals and slow down. Is your stomach upset? Are you forgetting things or feeling extra irritable? Take notice of your signals and do something about it.
    • 5. Stay connected. Make relationships a priority. Social ties give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
    • Recognize the importance of give and take. It's tr ue you should give of yourself in a relationship, but it's also important to receive from others, especially when you are depressed.
    • Cultivate your spirituality. Studies have shown that believing in something larger than yourself strengthens your ability to cope with life's ups and downs.
    • Avoid negative and unhealthy connections that might bring you down.

    • Source-Newswise

    Related medicine news :

    1. Strategies That Might Lower Blood Pressure Questioned
    2. New Strategies For Effective Treatment Of Malaria
    3. Experts State Strategies To Increase Good Cholesterol
    4. Strategies to prevent the rising tide of the epidemic of chronic diseases
    5. Strategies To Boost Living Donor Kidney Transplants
    6. Japan planning Strategies to combat Bird flu
    7. Need of the Hour: Viable Strategies against AIDS
    8. Kellogg Warned Against Its Marketing Strategies
    9. India to Spend Rs.10 bn on Polio Eradication Strategies
    10. Strategies To Fight AIDS
    11. Global AIDS Conference Calls for Long-term Strategies
    Post Your Comments:

    (Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... have developed valuable new strategies for enrolling and serving insurance consumers who do ... obtain health insurance and pay monthly premiums. In “Health Plan Engagement Strategies: The ...
    (Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... smoke-free communities, and the Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has partnered with the Florida ... communities meet the demand. , The FAA Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program launched ...
    (Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Just under three months ago, eMarketing Concepts ... promotion – effectively offering all of their services for just a buck in the ... flooded with phone calls from interested buyers. As a genuine one-stop-shop for internet marketing, ...
    (Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... a new PDF automation tool to batch conversions of CAD drawings, plans, ... 100% document fidelity. , CADConverter eliminates the complexity requirement of specialized applications to ...
    (Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... The Bill ... in San Diego, also offering expert reconstruction and flood remediation services. Family-owned and operated ... They have been named the Best San Diego plumber two years in a row ...
    Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
    (Date:10/12/2015)... Va. , Oct. 12, 2015  Today, Divurgent is ... of Advisory Services. As a former CIO, Paul brings 15 ... not just understand or sympathize with today,s CIOs, he is ... the same challenges Paul has faced, and his new role ... in ensuring technology efficiencies across an organization. ...
    (Date:10/12/2015)... DENVER , Oct. 12, 2015 Beginning ... ICD-10 Codes. Therapy Partner, the fastest growing practice management ... automated technology that easily converts all patient diagnostic codes ... --> --> ... Brief for all mental health practitioners to easily understand ...
    (Date:10/12/2015)... INDIANAPOLIS , Oct. 12, 2015 Eli ... ACCELERATE study,s academic leadership have accepted the recommendation of ... 3 trial of the investigational medicine evacetrapib, due to ... the treatment of high-risk atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and will ... --> --> The independent data ...
    Breaking Medicine Technology: