5 Ways to Manage Depression

Feeling blue over the last few days? Not finding any way out of the gloomy world of depression? You are not alone. Depression is a state of mind that everyone goes through at least once in a lifetime.
Failures in life, the death of loved ones, serious illnesses or other personal problems cause depression in millions of people. While some depressive disorders are serious enough to warrant therapy to overcome them, the common depressions can be managed by doing some simple things on your own.
Here are 5 most effective ways to manage depression in your life.

Exercise often

Exercising for 15-20 minutes or going for a brisk walk for about half an hour will do wonders in improving your mood making you feel better. The reason behind this is the release of the hormone serotonin. This hormone gets released with increased flow of oxygen in the blood, which is an effect of the physical activities like walking or exercising. Walking also helps in releasing oxytocin, which is the hormone released during lovemaking or bonding and is known to free the mind of worries and anxieties.

Set small goals

A major impact of depression is the loss of confidence in one’s self. People who are depressed may feel that they cannot accomplish anything in life and are nothing more than failures.
This negative self-image can be mitigated by taking on responsibilities and setting small goals which can be achieved. With these small accomplishments, the depressing thoughts will slowly fade away. Setting goals like doing the laundry or cooking a meal are good enough to begin with. As you start meeting these goals, confidence levels start building up again and you would find depression taking a back seat gradually.

Switch to a healthy diet

While there is no evidence that those hamburgers and hotdogs play any role in making one depressed, there is ample evidence that eating healthy foods can lift one out of a state of depression. Foods containing folic acid (avocado and spinach) and omega-3 fatty acids (tuna or salmon) are good anti-depressants and regular consumption of these can help to a great extent in fighting depression.

Combat the negative thoughts

This might sound difficult at the beginning, but at some point of time, you need to confront the negative thoughts. Running away from them would pull you deep in the dungeons of depression.
You need to think what is causing the depression and what’s the best that you can do to get out of the slump you’re in. Many times, self-analysis can eliminate negative thoughts which in turn will boost your low morale. If you feel that you are a failure, you need to ask what makes you think so. Finding an answer to this would open the floodgates of solutions to prove your worth and succeed in life once again.

Take prescription medicines

If you feel that doing any of the common things is not helping you come out of depression, you would need to consult a psychotherapist for help. Taking prescribed doses of antidepressant pills will certainly help you come out of the depression. However, as these medications have certain side effects like loss of libido or weight gain, one should refrain from taking them as much as possible.

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3 Simple Tips for Being More Mindful Everyday

Mindfulness is all about tuning the brain to focus on the present moment. It is important to state this fact because sometimes the true essence of mindfulness is lost. This happens when putting all emphasis on traditional activities practiced alongside mindfulness such as meditation or yoga. However, mindfulness can be applied in our daily lives. By focusing on the here and now, this gives us greater peace of mind and clarity. Using this approach, we can avoid drifting through our lives in confusion, being consumed by thoughts of what could have been or planning for things that are out of our control.

There are many simple ways to practice mindfulness. In this post, you can learn to apply 3 tips for being mindful every day.

1. Mindful Eating

Eating mindfully is something that many people take for granted. All too often, many of us are always in a hurry to finish a meal only to miss enjoying one of life’s most simple and wonderful pleasures. Next time when having a meal, try to eat mindfully. Before you begin eating, take notice of the presentation of food and the scent. Remember to take small bites and chew slowly while paying attention to the texture and taste of the food. When you immerse yourself fully in the moment, this not only makes mindful eating more enjoyable, but also helps with digestion and prevents overeating.

2. Listen Mindfully

Conversations with other people present another great opportunity to put active mindfulness into practice. Sometimes when other people talk to us, we may be there physically but not with our whole being. We think what to say next or judge what others are saying, mentally agreeing or disagreeing with them before they even finish talking.

To listen with mindfulness, you will need to focus fully on others when having a chat. Next time you have a conversation with a loved one or colleague, avoid getting caught up in your own mental chatter. Pay attention to what they are saying. People appreciate when you truly listen and they will likely respond in kind when it is your turn to speak.

3. Pay More Attention While Attending to One Thing at a Time

In today’s fast paced world, multitasking has become a common trend as people attempt to get more done within a short amount of time. And, while people think that multitasking makes us more productive, it only leads to needless quick exhaustion. When one tires quickly, mistakes are bound to be made. This can be avoided by doing things one at a time and with mindfulness. When you take on tasks with full focus, one by one, this leaves little room for mistakes or forgetting things due to rushing. You will find that you are more efficient and less worn out when attending to each task one at time mindfully.

Keep in mind that there are plenty of other opportunities in our daily lives to be mindful and live fully in the moment. By practicing mindfulness on a daily basis, the brain eventually learns how to be more efficient and better integrated. You will start to experience improved focus and less distractibility. Stress levels will go down as well. This in turn will make your daily activities, thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions more balanced.

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Anti lgbt sentiment. 

Pride Matters

“I am sorry I am not going out with you because you are gay!”

There I said it!

By now you are calling me homophobic and on the phone for the lynch mob……….. only I was using it to make a point!

Perhaps you felt hurt, perhaps betrayed and maybe you felt as though you have come across one of those homophobes you meet all the time on social media.

One sent me a lovely DM, once to a private account, it read

There is a special place in hell for you!

I replied

How lovely! I hope it has air conditioning!
I could actually say that every Christian is the same: homophobic, hate, mongering, one brain cell animals, but I know that isn’t true.

As Dustin Lance Black pointed out once “They are few in number but deep in pockets” or words to that effect.

They are simply a…

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