Every year in Quebec, 555 million antidepressant pills are sold. There are under 8 million people living in Quebec. Head-lines around America speak about the growing number of depressed people, underlining the importance of seeking help by mostly medical means.
Factors that contribute to depression, specialists tell us, are usually linked to divorce, moving, financial stress, and death in the family. There are other factors too that can affect our mood, for instance the weather. In this past month in Quebec we have had more rainy days than sunny days, and this too must be considered as an element which affects our state of being. We are, after all, like animals, sensitive to the environment around us.
Rather than consult a psychiatrist to get your dose of “quick fix” to your depression, why not explore some options listed below?
Surround yourself with positive people. It is quite remarkable what happens when you surround yourself with positive-thinking friends rather than friends who reinforce the negative. Having positive friends around you will uplift you and allow you to see reality in a new light, one that might not be so dramatic. Through wonderful conversations and fun activities, this feeling of depression can easily be lifted.
Keep busy. In Journey to the Heart, Doctor Field tells Lucina that one way to beat depression is to stay busy. This could mean to focus on work or to find hobbies that keep your mind from over-thinking. Have you ever seen a depressed dog or bird or tree? Depression is mostly human-made, and I believe over-thinking is one major cause of depression.
Do physical activities. This is one thing that I constantly return to in my blogs. Doing sports activates blood circulation hence boosts serotonin levels, and this will help you to be happier. Doctors say that 30 minutes of physical activity is equivalent to taking one anti-depressant. So rather than taking those pills why not do 30 minutes of running every day?
Eat healthy food. We are what we eat, and if we eat food that has little vitamins and minerals and vitality, we are not helping ourselves become happier. Drinking good alkaline water is definitely a must as well. Staying alkaline will keep disease out of the body, allow you to have better relationships with others, and it has been proven that being alkaline brings us out of depression.
If you’re dealing with depression for whatever reason, the first thing is to acknowledge that you are feeling depressed. Remind yourself this is only temporary: this too shall pass, and if you choose not to take that “quick fix” and work a little on yourself every day, you will soon see the light, I guarantee you. All it takes is a little effort and a good routine. Good luck!