Mental Health Awareness Month, #2

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems today.  While medications can be effective in helping you feel better, there are other things that you can do to ease depression.

Do not sleep too often.  Staying in bed or taking naps throughout the day will only worsen depression and make it much harder to cope with.  Try your hardest to wake up at the same time each morning and go to sleep at the same time every night.  This may be difficult, but it will become easier once you get into a routine.

Eat well.  A healthy and balanced diet will not only help the way you feel, but will also improve your thought patterns.  Eat regularly and aim to eat 3 balanced meals each day.  Quality food is vital in order for your mind and body to work properly.

Be kind to yourself.  Treat yourself to things that are calming and improve your mood.  Scented candles, bubble baths, and tranquil environment can help you feel better.  Find relaxing activities that help you unwind.  Listening to music or reading are a few examples.  Allowing yourself even just 15 minutes of downtime can make all the difference.

Practice self-acceptance.  Do not let others define you.  Accept yourself for who you are; not who others would like you to be.  There is not a single person in this world that is perfect, everyone possesses good qualities as well as bad qualities.  Many different qualities, including personality, background, and character make us who we are.  Everyone in this world has something to offer, and everyone is entitled to respect.

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