by Ashley Williamson
A person in a depressed state of mind has to go through a lot of emotional and even physical distress. When you’re depressed you cannot see things straight. You think that the world is against you, but this is not true. Depression weakens your immune system. It also interferes with your ability to work and enjoy your life.
Untreated depression increases the chances of diseases and various addictions. The following side effects would make you reconsider your approach to depression:
- Insomnia is one of the most common side effects of depression. Even if you go to sleep at night, depression would prevent you from getting enough sleep. You will wake up restless in the middle of the night and would not be able to go back to sleep. Extreme tiredness and a lack of concentration would affect your performance at work;
- Heart condition. When you’re depressed you’re constantly worried and nervous about insignificant things. High blood pressure and possibility of a stroke are only some diseases associated with depression. Sad or depressed mood may lead to a serious cardiovascular disease;
- Unstable weight. Every person handles depression in his own manner. Some people find comfort in food, while others simply cannot eat anything. Depression causes weight fluctuations that damage your health. Overeating and the lack of exercising would make you gain more weight.
- Physical weakness may cause fatigue and headache. Bad mood would affect your skin, hair and digestive system.
- Insecurity comes along with depression.
Changes in sleep patterns and excessive energy loss would not make you healthier. That’s why you have to keep your depression under control and take some measures to boost your mood.
How to counter-balance the side effects of depression? The following tips would help you to switch your mind from negative thoughts and tune to a positive thinking mode.
- Exercising in the key. It is not a secret that endorphins make us feel happy. How can your body produce more endorphins? It is simple, you need to add some physical activity into your life. Exercising would make you feel energized and happy. Attend a yoga class, or buy a membership to the gym. You will lose extra pounds and get a positive attitude.
- Healthy food. In order to avoid overeating you need to stop consuming junk food in front of the TV. Attend a cooking class and learn how to cook healthy food. Vegetables and fruits are good for your body and brain. Be in control and love your body more!
- Set up your routine. If you have less time to think about your depression, you will overcome it much faster. If you always wanted to learn Spanish or programming, it is the right time to do it. You need to get in a routine in order to keep on going. Slacking off would not help you at work or at home. That’s why you need to keep yourself busy.
Believe in yourself and stop feeling helpless. You’re in control of your life. Any depression gives you a perfect excuse to learn something new, explore new places and become the person you always wanted to be. Set a goal to lose extra weight or learn yoga. Achieving one goal at a time would help you to get out of the depression.