Depression (Part 2 of 2)

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Depression (Part 1 of 2)

 

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Get enough sleep

Getting less than eight hours of sleep, night after night, may lower levels of the serotonin. Low levels of this brain chemical can make you more prone to depression.

To sleep well, health practitioners recommend going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. Relax before bedtime, perhaps with a hot bath. And for the soundest sleep, keep your bedroom quiet and dark.

Consider some alternate explanations

Your emotions, positive or negative, are created not by situations themselves, but by the way you interpret those situations.  A very common situation can turn into a reason for hand wringing unless you take mental steps to prevent it.

Suppose a friend is going to pick you up and can go somewhere and do something fun together. Now, suppose that time passes, and your friend does not arrive to get you.

Your feelings change, quite literally, from moment to moment. If at first you think of your friend as being insensitive and irresponsible, you will find yourself feeling angry at him.

You think that perhaps something bad has happened to him, you will naturally become concerned. When you think that this person does not care much about you and that is why he is late, you feel rejected, lonely, even depressed.

Although the situation does not change, and that your friend is still delayed, you can have a whole range of feelings depending on how you interpret that event.

For this reason, experts contend that situations are usually ambiguous, open to any interpretation. Hence, your interpretation helps create your feelings about the situation.

Positive interpretations lead to good feelings and enjoyment; negative interpretations lead to bad feelings and depression. To stay on the positive side, try to look for the positive interpretations.

Final thoughts

Indeed, depressions can be very destructive if neglected. Hence, the best way to stop the development of depression is to always put a bright light on the blues. And create a positive outlook in life.

 

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