What is a good lifestyle to help battle against and overcome depression?

Obviously good sleep, exercise etc help, but any other ideas?

1) Diet extremely important (water, fruit, veg & fish)
2) Light determines mood. It plays a big part in how we feel. I hate artificial lighting for instance. Vitamin D is important and you get that from natural light. So, get out of the house as much as possible. Walking is underrated and actually quite therapeutic. But natural light is limited so when you are inside your home or elsewhere, think about ambient lighting. Creates different moods. Experiment with lighting.
3) Feng Shui helps. Its true we are bothered about the look of our private spaces. How our rooms look effects our mood. (at least me anyway!). Give your house a makeover.
4) Massage therapy. Helps to relax tense muscles. Massage other people.
5) Dont watch too much tv. Its designed to keep you fused to the sofa. Instead listen to radio. Even though it lacks the esthetic appeal, Its a lot more informative than tv and interesting.
6) Tend to your neglected garden. Gardening can be fun!
7) Do stuff that makes you think ‘No way!’ and learn about stuff you might have pre-judged
(of course you can draw the line where you want, except the line can be adjusted at your pleasure)
8) Get a dog (all they think about is their owners)
9) Answer questions on Yahoo (its getting addictive!)
10) Try exotic dancing lessons like salsa (great exercise, meet nice people, nice ambience)
11) Get to know more people in your neighbourhood and see if there are any regular meetings (also check with your local council).
12) Look for comedy wherever you can. Anything to make you laugh is healthy. Maybe try a comedy club.
13) Talk to yourself (but not in public). Yes, everyone does it but is too afraid to admit it. I talk to myself now and again. It helps so people who havent tried cant knock it.
14) Dont worry about how other people perceive you.
15) Try some DIY.
16) Buy a guitar and play some music
17) Try some voluntary work
18) Read a biography or listen to audio novels while relaxing in a bubble bath (Try not to get electrocuted!)
19) Don’t take pills. A pill is a temporary solution which your body never asked for and then can become dependant on. Its unnatural and can make you moody and give you all the other unwanted emotions. Ride out your headaches and fatigue by doing some of the things I have suggested and you wont need pills again.
20) Religion is therapy for a lot of people, so thats an avenue to consider, even if you dont believe in god.
21) You can try learning a new language
22) I guess thats it!

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8 Responses to “What is a good lifestyle to help battle against and overcome depression?”

  1. Lindsay S says:

    try to stay away from drinking and keep a journal, also try to take on some spirituality, not necessarily religion but some sort of faith, whether its karma or some self reflection or meditation.
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  2. . says:

    when ever i feel down, a walk/hike in the countryside makes me feel brilliant

    also being scared makes me feel good for some reason, i mean really really out of my comfort zone, not just a bit
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  3. J H says:

    I’ve started using light therapy, it’s helped, the whole room doesn’t need to be lit up just where you are. Reading a good fast paced book also works; I’ve found that if I’m into a great page turner I get extremely excited the further I go. They don’t have to be classics or even something that’s going to go down in literary history, as long as you find it interesting. Find anything that excites you really; love of food? How about a cooking class. Fleet of foot? Dancing school. The great thing i have learned is that the possibilities are out thee as long as you’re willing to give it a shot.
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  4. eli says:

    if you can figure out what is causing your depression and avoid/get rid of it.
    i know what is depressing me so i am trying to sort it out, but its very hard to do.

    i find doing basic yoga (like whats on the wii-fit) helps me loads. i always feel alot calmer afterwards.

    also try talking to people. that can be hard sometimes as people dont want to listen. if you find someone who does want to listen, talk. its so reliving.
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  5. Sponias says:

    You have to change your behavior if you want to feel better. Here is an article that may help you:

    http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Be-Confident-Instead-of-Shy-and-Insecure&id=3692894

    Take care!
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    http://www.booksirecommend.com

  6. Buddy H says:

    1) Diet extremely important (water, fruit, veg & fish)
    2) Light determines mood. It plays a big part in how we feel. I hate artificial lighting for instance. Vitamin D is important and you get that from natural light. So, get out of the house as much as possible. Walking is underrated and actually quite therapeutic. But natural light is limited so when you are inside your home or elsewhere, think about ambient lighting. Creates different moods. Experiment with lighting.
    3) Feng Shui helps. Its true we are bothered about the look of our private spaces. How our rooms look effects our mood. (at least me anyway!). Give your house a makeover.
    4) Massage therapy. Helps to relax tense muscles. Massage other people.
    5) Dont watch too much tv. Its designed to keep you fused to the sofa. Instead listen to radio. Even though it lacks the esthetic appeal, Its a lot more informative than tv and interesting.
    6) Tend to your neglected garden. Gardening can be fun!
    7) Do stuff that makes you think ‘No way!’ and learn about stuff you might have pre-judged
    (of course you can draw the line where you want, except the line can be adjusted at your pleasure)
    8) Get a dog (all they think about is their owners)
    9) Answer questions on Yahoo (its getting addictive!)
    10) Try exotic dancing lessons like salsa (great exercise, meet nice people, nice ambience)
    11) Get to know more people in your neighbourhood and see if there are any regular meetings (also check with your local council).
    12) Look for comedy wherever you can. Anything to make you laugh is healthy. Maybe try a comedy club.
    13) Talk to yourself (but not in public). Yes, everyone does it but is too afraid to admit it. I talk to myself now and again. It helps so people who havent tried cant knock it.
    14) Dont worry about how other people perceive you.
    15) Try some DIY.
    16) Buy a guitar and play some music
    17) Try some voluntary work
    18) Read a biography or listen to audio novels while relaxing in a bubble bath (Try not to get electrocuted!)
    19) Don’t take pills. A pill is a temporary solution which your body never asked for and then can become dependant on. Its unnatural and can make you moody and give you all the other unwanted emotions. Ride out your headaches and fatigue by doing some of the things I have suggested and you wont need pills again.
    20) Religion is therapy for a lot of people, so thats an avenue to consider, even if you dont believe in god.
    21) You can try learning a new language
    22) I guess thats it!
    References :

  7. phillip b says:

    all of this what is paramount is to choose your healing route—— carefully– be really aware that the druggs/meds treatment for this can be horrendous and you can go on for years with no improvement and massive damaging detrimental side effects from meds . Do read this very carefully and try and understand the principles behind what is being said .
    Evaluate all of this info well –this info will save you years of suffering —years if you apply it ..
    All treatment recommended by the doctors should be tested and approved and quite rightly so.
    That makes sense right .it costs millions to test and approve treatments because of the possible damage to people..
    Drug companies Fund most research and will only and I mean only look at treatments, which show the promise of good deal of a profit, –they will actively dismiss any therapy which does not have profit potential— thus your doctor will only recommend therapies with profit potential in them.
    Despite The fact that some of these other therapies mentioned do have overwhelming benefits some, which have saved needless amputations, needless pain and trauma, and much loss of life. Drugs are not the answer for depression with mind altering chemicals or any other mental illness. This is a fundamental principle and unless you grasp this fully –you could /will have years of suffering ahead of you .
    This does not help you though when you are ill and suffering—not hearing about therapies which can help from a person you look up to and trust Have you heard your local doctor recommend, Massage Spiritual healing, Herbs, Light therapy,Colour therapy,the violet ray therapy, Osteopathy, Electrical Frequency devices.
    These therapies will work for many complaints of a so called mental nature
    we have thousands of testimonials and results showing years of successful applications
    Do this and I will guarantee improvements to you inside a day its that simple, of course getting these things in place can be much harder. Each therapy can have a very beneficial influence on you.
    Print this all off save it and enact it and share it — of course someone to help you get these therapies in your life is invaluable but do not be swayed by them trying for short cuts ….
    1,get someone to massage your back and legs at least 3 times a week use peanut oil or a mix of 50-50 olive and peanut oil.
    2 use the violet ray machine an Edgar Cayce device google search this — 3 times a week on the other days especially on the spine….we use it every day with very positive results
    3.get a tent sleep out side 3times a week utilising earth energy – nature can help big time especially with how you feel how much energy you have
    4 study and apply good nutrition– adequate minerals all of them particularly calcium and magnesium iron essential fatty acids omega 3 6 9 protein etc
    5 ensure your thyroid is working well
    7 ensure you do at least I hr per day some kind of voluntary work when you are able..the reasons you are ill , or poor or have allsorts of bad things happen to you is because of karma —–usually from past lives but some from this one –voluntary work will offset your mistakes— how much it offsets well that is down to god and how much you do. Healing us is in direct proportion to the help we give others ie your healing comes with helping others achieve theirs so if people are doing very little in helping others —they suffer more and longer…and if they are doing a lot they get well faster….so now you know what to do ,,and like a lot of us are already doing being of service.
    8 be amongst people who are giving, friendly who have time for you who love you , choose your friends well
    9 be or get to a place which personally love or like
    10 get and do some work which you like or love
    11 ensure you do no acts which hurt or inflict on anyone –don’t want to add to your karma do we !!!
    12 spiritual healing yes and reiki -.
    13think good positive thoughts, laughter, look at comedy, play good uplifting music,
    14 avoid at all costs exposure to violence, murders, suffering ,death ,tragedies, -feed upon good things uplifting things, things that feel like a breath of fresh air..
    15 Positive affirmation- that’s right programme your self in the mirror , thoughts are things words are things actions are things , all have influence, few people realise these things can have an effect on themselves .
    16 a detox —— toxins can influence how you feel big time
    17 hugs get plenty of them in your daily life you would be amazed at how people feel after a few decent hugs….
    18 loads of exercise running walking climbing but something which you enjoy
    19 rid yourselves of all aspartame laden foods and drink and many additives get back to a wholesome organic diet diet
    A total cure however is tied up with karma so you can imagine just how important is the voluntary work.
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    ,.all our healing/happiness /wealth/ health yours mine is linked right alongside our efforts and contribution to others.in direct proportion to the help we give others ie your healing comes with helping others acheive theirs so if people are doing very little in helping others —they suffer more and longer…and if they are doing a lot they get well faster….so now you know what to do ,,and like a lot of us are already doing being of service. Do not even dream of healing to come to you if you are engaged in wrongful acts , wrongful words , wrongful thoughts. It seems god –law will not be mocked

  8. Pamela says:

    I have depression. The best thing I would tell you to do is jog…. yes jog, its just as simple as that! Not to lose weight, not to just get out but for the same reason you have depression, the natural chemicals! When you go for a jog it will take a few minutes but you will get an adrenalin rush! Adrenalin is pretty much a natural antidepressant. As you start your jog you will think how could this possibly help I dont feel anything…but then like I said just give it a few it will creep up on you and will start to feel energy! When you are depressed you are just sooo tired and have no energy trust me give this a try I promise it will help and if you cant jog just power walk it will work on a treadmill but its better if you have a destination then there will be something at the end of the road and you will be able to see how fare you have gone!
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