Dec 01, 2017

How often do you feel yourself thinking that you are depressed? For many people, the answer may be all the time.   Sometimes, it can get serious enough to not only affect your professional and personal life, but your physical health may be at stake too.

Many people think of it as some sort of phase that will eventually pass. However, it is imperative to understand that if any depressive state stretches on for more than two weeks it just might be a problem that requires attention. It is very important to realize that depression in the long run, irrespective of its myriad forms, affects our health as much as any other illness does.

There are many types of depressive states which may be responsible for us feeling low. There exist many different kinds of disorders, anxieties, grief, loss, stress and phobias - any one of which ‘may’ potentially take a person into a depressive state.

How to Differentiate

It is important to distinguish between depression and feeling low or sad. You are most likely to be depressed if:

  • Don’t want to meet people
  • Feel sad, low and miserable most of the time
  • You find no enjoyment and pleasure in anything and life itself seems unattractive

If you have any of the above symptoms, the odds are that you are suffering from depression. However, it is always better to combat depression without medicines. In fact, resorting to medication should be the last step.

Beat back the blues with exercise

Exercise releases ‘feel good’ endorphins, which act like natural anti-depressants. The more you exercise the better you will feel in the long run. However, that does not mean that you exercise your way to complete mind numbing exhaustion. Before starting an exercise regimen, it is advisable to consult your physician first so as to be able to take it slow and steady.

Try and figure out why you are depressed in the first place

Sometimes depression is a symptom of the ongoing adverse circumstances in our personal lives. It could be a failed marriage, lack of job satisfaction, financial difficulties etc.  Any and all of them can potentially trigger a depressive state.  Find out what it is that is going wrong in your life and then seek to rectify it. Once your life is back on an even keel,  chances are,your depression would simply melt away as if it had never existed.

Start doing new things

Depression can easily cause us to fall in a rut. This is why it is imperative that you do something fresh and new to get away from your depressed state.  It could be simple things such as ‘reading books’ or volunteering for charity work or even a visit to a nearby museum.


Practicing Yoga has been known to help alleviate symptoms of both stress as well as depression. Many people suffering from depression and morbidity have reported feeling a lot better after a few invigorating sessions of yoga. It’s a simple low risk form of therapy and may potentially work wonders for you.


Sometimes it is better to ‘get away from it all’ and recharge our batteries in a new place. A new environment may give a fresh perspective to our lives and allow us to come back to our day to day life reinvigorated.

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