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What to Do When You Are Depressed

The HealthCentral Editorial Team Apr 3rd, 2012 (updated Aug 20th, 2015)
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Take time off
Take time off

Taking time off of work provides an emotional break from stress. Try to work less hours and reduce your work load. Aim to create a work-life balance.

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Eat healthy meals
Eat healthy meals

A Mediterranean diet with fish and olive oil has been shown to improve moods. Olive oil increases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that affects mood levels. Omega-3 in fish prevents depression. 

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Avoid major decision making
Avoid major decision making

When depressed, many people seek alternatives to their current situation to escape. It's human nature to blame external issues for your sad feelings. Avoid making major changes such as moving, quitting a job or ending a relationship while depressed. Think before you act and don't rush into decisions.

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Seek help
Seek help

If you are feeling depressed, first confide in a trusted friend or loved one. Talk about your problems in therapy with a licensed professional. Proper treatment can help you work through your depression. If your thoughts turn to suicide, contact a medical professional immediately.

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Awareness
Awareness

Be mindful of your condition. Remember that it's your depression that is affecting your thoughts. Track your moods. Make an effort to stay positive.

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Exercise
Exercise

Exercise reduces stress and anxiety. During and after a workout, your brain releases endorphins, which are chemicals that reduce the feeling of pain. Yoga and meditation can also soothe and calm your mind.