As a licensed psychologist in Glendale, CA, Dr. Taji Huang, Ph.D. knows just how challenging it can be to function with depression. With depression, everything can feel like it takes superhuman effort. So, it can be difficult to complete even the most mundane tasks. We want to help you manage your depression and get things done.
Five Tips To Help You Cope
The best option when you are struggling with depression is to seek support and treatment from a professional psychologist, therapist, or counselor. In the meantime, these five techniques can help to ease some of your symptoms so you can feel better:
- Stay Connected
- Practice Self-Care
- Move Your Body
- Eat Healthy Food
- Get Sunlight
Don’t Hide Away
When you are struggling with depression, you have genuine symptoms that can include isolation, exhaustion, and fatigue. It will be difficult, but make an effort to reach out to your closest family and friends. Choose people who will support you, help to alleviate your burdens, and genuinely care for you. Isolation will only increase the feeling of hopelessness.
Self-Care For Depression
Continue to do things you used to enjoy, even if you can’t feel the same happiness you used to feel. You can’t force yourself to have fun, but sometimes the repetition of normal routines or engaging in pleasurable activities can lift the fog for a time. Taking care of yourself in this way is always a good idea.
Movement For Mood
Depression can make it difficult to get out of bed, but moving your body is a scientifically proven way to increase the “feel good” chemicals in your brain. Your body needs at least a minimum of exercise, so even just a walk or 20 minutes of yoga can help. Try to find something that can get you moving.
Eat Good, Feel Good
Overeating or not eating at all are both common symptoms of depression. By making an effort to eat at regular meal times and choose healthy options, you are fueling your body and supporting it with good health. Keep easy options available, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Foods that contain omega-3s and B vitamins even help fight depression.
Get Your Vitamin Sun
Vitamin D is also a proven serotonin booster, which can elevate your mood. You can knock out three items from this list by taking a walk outdoors in sunlight with a friend. Also consider increasing the sunlight in your home by opening curtains and blinds, or by trying light therapy if your region is low on sunshine.
Get Help With Depression Today
Living and working with depression is hard. You deserve the support and encouragement available to you through professional therapy. Getting help is a sign of strength and self-love. When you book an appointment with Dr. Taji Huang, Ph.D. in Glendale, you will learn triggers and coping skills to help you not only function with depression but learn to thrive and live your best life.