Some of you might be looking at this title and rolling your eyes with disgust. Yes, I know, clinical depression doesn’t just stay away. It’s a mental illness. People live their whole life battling it- that sure has been the case for me. Although there’s no perfect potion to keeping the dark trenches of depression out of your life I’ve accumulated a short list of things that have personally helped suppress my depression and keep it there.
1. Take supplements and vitamins
Supplements are a multibillion-dollar market. Don’t believe everything you read and do your research before you buy into all the wrong scams. Anyways, try them out. I find that my mood stays significantly lifted when I stay consistent with these two products.
What I use:
- Omega 3s (Fish Oil)- Two main sources of evidence have proved fish oil to be effective in treating depression. One being that individuals with depression have been shown to have lower levels of this stuff, along with countries that eat the most fish per capita having lower rates of depression. I take a 1,000 mg soft gel a day.
- Vitamin B-6- This vitamin is vital for many brain functions, especially the manufacturing of serotonin. Good sources include meat and fish, whole-grain flour, sunflower seeds, and lentils. I like consuming it in a 100 mg vitamin once daily.
2. Job hunt for hobbies
I’m always baffled by how many people I’ll come across that simply don’t have a hobby. Hobbies not only keep you entertained and stimulated, but provide purpose. It doesn’t have to be some crazy natural talent. In fact you can start a new hobby now (well after reading this post first of course). I used to spend countless hours scrolling through websites on hobby ideas. My interests were burning out and I was yearning for more. Once I found a few potential hobbies I dove head first, building from the bottom up. Exposing yourself to new hobbies and sticking to them kept my depression on the back burner.
3. Facetime friends
Kind of specific I know, but steer away from communicating through text. Instead of spending the night messaging a couple friends, video chat a close one. Talking to a person face to face is so much more intimate. Facetiming can be super awkward at first, but I swear it gets more natural the more you do it.
4. Stay present in Nature
It’s literally proven that being outside elevates your mood. Wether you believe it or not, nature really does give off energy. Every tree, flower, and piece of grass provides us with the oxygen we need to survive. I make sure to take some time out of each day to spend in nature. I use this time to disconnect and stay as present as possible. I focus on all the life around me. Really puts my own into perspective.
5. Don’t set yourself up
We’ve all got situations that we know make us uncomfortable. Wether it’s a social situation such as a house party or time alone on a stormy night, everyone’s got certain scenarios that bring them down. Stay clear of these times as much as possible. If you know you won’t enjoy that big party, don’t go. If you know that stormy night will make you feel lonely, plan an alternative ahead of time. I knew drinking triggered my suicide ideation, so I stayed completely sober for almost a year and a half. I was cautious to not set myself up for situations where I’d feel isolated or pressured.