Depression is one of the most frequently reported psychological complaints, yet medical professionals actually understand very little about what causes depression. Most psychologists describe depression in terms of symptoms rather than sources. Depression can be caused by circumstances, environment, faulty thinking patterns and chemicals in the brain; specifically neurotransmitters that help the nerve cells communicate.
Kick the Sugar
Kick the sugar, especially candy, cakes, baked goods and heavily processed foods. Sugar plays havoc with the metabolism. Since sugar is the brain’s main food, eating too much sugar can really put your brain into a spin. Don’t think that eating that piece of cheesecake will make you feel better. It will do the opposite.
Build a Routine
Contrary to popular belief, depression is more likely when you have too little to do and get adrift than when have a consistent routine. Get a regular schedule going for chores. Force yourself to tackle things in a systematic way.
Get Some Rest
Go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day, even weekends and holidays. If you have trouble sleeping, try to develop some bedtime rituals (taking a warm bath, reading, putting on lotion) and sleep in a cool, dark room with no television or electronic distractions. Melatonin is a good natural sleep aid to be used occasionally (you can get it at a health food store).
Take on a New Responsibility
Depression makes us want to withdraw and disappear from life, but that just feeds the depression. Try to tackle some new project at home, volunteer to help at your church or charity, get started on your family tree, learn Chinese, or take an adult ballet class. Make a commitment that gets you doing something.