How to Avoid Depression Before It Spirals Out of Control

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While there’s no possible way to know for sure that you’ll never suffer from depression in your life, there are things you can do in order to avoid feeling depressed and losing control over your mental health. Even small things which might seem insignificant for most people can help you stay positive and feel happy, thus working around depression. Today, we’ve devised a guide on how to avoid depression and sadness that includes 5 useful tips and tricks.

5 Tips on How to Avoid Depression

1. Exercise

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the fact that exercising can provide you with an amazing happiness boost, apart from the energy boost you normally get. That’s because when you exercise, your body produces endorphins. Endorphins make us feel good, which means you should exercise more often if you want to avoid feeling depressed. Mind you, exercising doesn’t mean you should suddenly start lifting weights or running a marathon. Even using a stationary bike or going for a run can help you feel better.

2. Volunteer

If you can afford to set aside some time to volunteer, this could work wonders for your mood. As long as you find a cause you really believe in, and that you’re really passionate about, providing it with your time and energy is going to feel amazing. Plus, volunteering means you’ll have to spend a lot of time thinking about others, which will distract you from your own negative thoughts. Not to mention the fact that you’ll feel satisfied knowing you’ve helped someone less fortunate.

3. Spend Some Time on Your Hobbies

A lot of adults tend to forget about their hobbies and give them up in favor of their job. While your job should be important to you, not having any time for the things you enjoy doing might lead to depression. So, if you want to avoid feeling depressed, you should consider spending some time on your hobbies. Personal enjoyment is extremely important for everyone, so you shouldn’t give it up. If you don’t have any particular hobbies, try getting out of your comfort zone and sampling something new that you think you might like.

4. Sleep

As simple as this may sound, sleeping is one of the most effective ways of preventing depression. When we lose sleep, we’re more likely to get in a depressive mood. In fact, it’s all a vicious cycle. Depression can actually lead to sleep problems, and sleep problems can be an important factor of depression. Which is why you should try to sleep between 7 and 8 hours each night. If you can’t, at least catch up with a short nap.

5. Write

Maybe you’ve kept a diary when you were little, but you eventually phased it out. Why not bring it back to avoid feeling depressed?

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Moreover, it doesn’t even have to be in the shape of a journal. As long as you write about your emotions without filtering your thoughts, without editing, and without worrying who might judge you, you’re going to release some of the tension you’ve accumulated and explore your feelings.

If you’re worried you might start experiencing depressive symptoms, try some of the tips and tricks above, and you might learn how to avoid depression. However, these tips should not be regarded as a substitute for actual treatment. If you’re suffering from depression, you can contact the support groups of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, or the Suicide Prevention Services of America (1-800-273-8255).

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Author: Amanda Knowles

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