Depression has become something very common that people suffer from. It comes in different ways and different levels to each individual. Although there can be similarities, no case is exactly the same, as it is a very complex mental health issue. A lot comes into play when diagnosing an individual with depression and the severity of it. What we need to understand is that it is perfectly OK to seek help if someone is feeling depressed. We need to disregard the belief in society that it is something to be ashamed about, because attaching ourselves to this shame makes it more difficult to get out of this state of depression.
F or those that have milder depression, there is a lot that can be done, but it definitely is not a quick fix. The daily effort has to be done in order to get better and it may take a few months of consistently putting in the effort or a few months until the symptoms of depression reduce. Now, let’s jump right into it.
5 Second Rule
The first thing about depression is the feeling of demotivation. The lack of motivation to get out of bed, or take a shower, or go out or even do errands. The trick to this is have a 5 second rule. This means when you wake up and feel demotivated to get out of bed, you count to 5 and then get out of bed fully no matter what. This applies to everything where you feel demotivated. Count to 5 and then do it no matter how you are feeling or what excuses your mind creates for you.
Breathing correctly and deeply allows more oxygen to flow to the brain. After all, depression is in the brain where there is a chemical imbalance. What better way to help the chemicals balance then giving a bit more oxygen to the brain? Studies have shown that breathing can help with many issues including brain fog, fatigue, anger, and the list goes on. This is because of the internal scientific things that happen, such as oxygen flow, blood flow, hormone regulation and much more.
The movement of the body is essential for decreasing depression levels. Like breathing, studies have shown that it does a lot for the body and mind. The most difficult period is the beginning, where you feel it is so difficult to take that first step. This is where the 5 second rule has to take place. Count to five, put your workout gear on, and start. There are a lot of areas that can be discussed to do with how exercising is so effective, but the one that stands out the most is how it moves stuck energy throughout the body. Once the energy flows in a more natural rhythm through the body, the depression decreases drastically, where it is usually replaced with the feeling of peace. The exercise does not have to be something extreme. It could be cycling, boxing, yoga, or even just a walk (as long as you get those 10,000 steps a day).
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