Coping with Depression

March 16th, 2009 at 8:22 am by under Your Money

There are plenty of reasons to be struggling with Depression, Anxiety, and Stress these days, and frankly, all of us could learn how to take better care of ourselves. Here’s a few reminders of good, healthy things we can do for our body whether we’re struggling with finances, worried about our job, or feeling down.

  1. Sleep and mood are intimately related. Keep a regular schedule and get adequate rest.
  2. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants. Although they give temporary energy, they can deplete your serotonin levels in the long-run.
  3. Take a multi-vitamin regularly if you do not eat well. Several vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to depression symptoms.
  4. For mild to moderate depression, some find that St. John’s Wort, SAMe or 5-HTP can be helpful and may have fewer side-effects. These remedies cost less than prescription medications and help put you in control of your own treatment.
  5. Get in touch with your spiritual side through prayer or meditation.
  6. Get more exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to start up a vigorous daily workout. Even a walk around the block can be energizing.
  7. Avoid excess alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a depressant and toxic to your body as well.
  8. Eat a well-balanced diet.
  9. Your thoughts have a direct bearing on your mood. Learning about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you stop the negative thoughts that bring you down.
  10. Stress can be physically draining. Learn to control your stress levels through time management, meditation, biofeedback training, etc.
  11. Combat feelings of loneliness by reaching out to others who are less fortunate

Source used was http://depression.about.com/cs/altmedsjw/ht/Naturally.htm

Ryan LaRue MSW
Caledonia/Hastings/Lake Odessa Clinic Manager
Outpatient Therapist
9090 S. Rodgers Ct. SE, Suite D
Caledonia, MI
616-891-8770
ryan.larue@pinerest.org

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3 Responses to “Coping with Depression”

  1. Unknown says:

    I commited a act that the Lord is punishing me for depression wise. Mine started around the new year and has been with me since. I did the unthinkable and had oral sex from a family member of my significant other. I went and got tested and everything negative at 6 weeks. I am scheduled for a last test for HIV in the beginning of April…. anyone help me emotionally by being serious and letting me know what they think the results might be….this will help me soothe my mind. I spoke with the individual this happened with and one of my relatives and they think I will be fine …anyone elses comments would be greatly helpful.I would really appreciate it.

  2. Zeelander says:

    It will help if you can find consult, with someone at church or a paid professional……The Lord can foregive easily, you just have to confess and then ask for it….but the issue will still be… can you get it from your significant other (if you still value their thoughts and feelings), and then can you foregive yourself…making the matter “family” business means you may have to bear this issue the rest of your life….get help immediatly!!!!

  3. Zeelander says:

    I’ve been struggling with depression on and off for the last year and a half….I had issues at work with a couple of my partners and my mother’s and dad’s health was bad….I finally went to the doctor (wife’s prodding)and got some med’s (I hate even taking asprins)…it was strange at first…my mind was going a million miles a minute…but I could at least get sleep, went for evening strolls with the wife……I was a lot better within a month or two….

    I eliminated my stress with my partners(left the firm and started a new one…gained some back), went on a diet for a while…then both my parents passed away this late summer and fall….now I’m back in the struggle with depression…the news and the economy is driving it even deeper…now I have to go back and see the doc, I do need the med’s again, I’m walking with my wife at nights again, I’m on another diet, she helps me get up every morning by calling…she prodds me to start and then complete things…we try to get out as much as possible…I transfered my IRA stocks into CD’s(to stop worring about it)…my wife bought me a Wii to get me to not watch the tv/news as much….to get my mind off the negitive things and try to see life…

    The cloudy days of January really did me end, days like today I hardly notice a thing…..

    I always hard a “Strong Mind”…I never thought I would ever have this issue…I didn’t even want to get out of bed or go or do anything….it effects everyone near you…If you have it GET HELP NOW!!!!!!!…remember it’s not nagging when your wife is truely trying to help you….

    Enjoy life, enjoy the day, find something to celebrate, celebrate St. Pat’s day…… even if you’re Dutch!!!!!

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