Did you know? Depression is a gut feeling that often surfaces when triggered. Yup. It’s not you overthinking stuff. It’s your body perceiving it right and setting up emotional responses to traumatic experiences in motion. In severe cases, however, depression may not be a limited episode. It may become frequent or prolonged, so much as to rule your way of thinking and living life.
But you know what? You are in complete control. Depression may threaten your mental and physical stability, but only if you permit it so. You can effectively avoid it by timely identifying and taking necessary measures.
At times, these measures may include avoiding triggers. And other times, it may consist of intensive combatant techniques. Let’s look at a few.
Perhaps the first and most effective way of triggering and preventing depression is a healthy lifestyle. Depression is a considerable threat to your well-being. It affects your appetite and messes with your sleeping patterns. If you already find yourself stuck in this loop, or if you think you are on the verge of it, then it’s time to take charge right away.
If your diet comprises more junk food, then shift to healthier options immediately. In case you find yourself too fond of your current diet, then proceed with an eventual change. But begin this minute for the better. The same applies to the timings and quantities of your meals. Consume an appropriate portion at least thrice a day.
Insomnia makes people prone to depression too. So, if you observe any changes in your circadian rhythm, then begin tending to it!
Negative and toxic social interactions can not only fuel depression but become the root cause of the problem. You too might have come across that one person who turns every discussion into an argument and seems to win the argument almost always. That one person who’s always two steps ahead of you and because of whom you feel to be lacking somewhere quite severely all the time. You just can never be good enough!
If this rings some bells, then it’s time to distance yourself right away. Maintain some distance, retrieve your stability and peace. Once done, you can consider fixing things if that’s possible somehow. Also, you must not take social interactions lightly when it comes to depression. A study conducted about nine years ago proved that unhealthy social interaction leads to increased production of two proteins, which leads to inflammation and depression. It’s proven!
Similarly, spending time with the right people, i.e., the ones who make you feel loved and valued, eases things out. It cuts down the depression and strengthens the feelings of positivity, hope, and strength.
At times, it’s the overwhelming activities and routines that do not let us heal from our traumatic experiences. Thus, leading to the neglect of mental health and emotions. Consequently, contributing to depression.
For that very reason, stay cautious when committing to things. Do not take up more than you can deliver. Do not stress too much about being productive for every minute you breathe. Sometimes, it’s okay to relax. Also, do not fret about everything that goes wrong. You’re only human and cannot take care of everyone and everything. There aren’t limits to your will, intention, and dreams. But there are limits to your functionality. Take it easy.
Keeping a pet can also help you avoid depression. And studies have proved that. Scientifically, playing with your pet can elevate the levels of chemical substances that calm us, such as dopamine and serotonin. Similarly, their love, care, and company strengthen our emotional well-being.
And consequently physical well-being. However, note that our pets are just as much attached to us as we are to them. They catch our vibes, and if you notice your pet falling into the same cycle as yours, treat them with CBD pet treats, such as the oils and chews, and animal-specific treats, i.e., CBD dog and CBD cat treats.
You know what? Our newly developed sedentary lifestyle has much to do with the increased levels of depression. Sitting all day long, glued to the screens, limits our growth potential and suffocates our human instincts. Our four limbs demand to be used. The human body requires movement for efficient functioning.
For that very reason, we need to engage ourselves in physical activities. Be it in the form of exercises or sports. You can begin by taking short walks. And then, you can eventually proceed to gym, yoga, or even kickboxing.
All in all, depression is a sensitive state of mind with fine boundaries of its own. You could enter into its pitch black with the slightest of triggers, and you can walk out with the slightest of effort. It all depends on which way you’re willing to struggle!
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