Mental Health Last updated on 2022-02-04 22:50:47
How To Avoid Depression
- Ms. Deepanwita Roy
- 4 Min Read
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How to avoid depression? As individuals, we all experience bouts of sadness, crying spells, irritability and feelings of loneliness and despair in our lives. Sometimes we can identify the potential causes behind it or often spend significant time trying to figure out what must be wrong with us? If the symptoms persist over a long period of time and affect daily functioning substantially, it could be depression. Potential causes of Depression There are several potential causes of depression. It’s not always that all the symptoms would be visible all at once and they can range from biological to situational causes. Learning more about the causes or triggers of depression would help anyone to understand how and what they need to do in order to prevent them. Biological factors:
- Gender: Prevalence of depression in women has been twice that of men.
- Hormones: Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone during menstrual cycles, during postpartum and even during menopause may rise the risk for depression.
- Family history: Someone is at a higher risk of developing depression if they already have a family history of depression.
- Brain chemistry: Chemical imbalance in parts of the brain that manages mood, thoughts, sleep, appetite and behavior also contributes to causes of depression.
- Early childhood trauma: Some significant and life altering life events affect the way your body reacts to fear and stressful situations and later becomes a cause of depression.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions such as chronic illness, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer, parkinson’s disease, stroke, untimely heart attacks also increases the risk of depression.
- Substance use: A history of substance or alcohol misuse can affect one’s risk of developing depression.
- Life events: Failed relationships, episodes of loss of someone close, bereavement and grief can also be a contributing factor for developing depression.
- Sleep well. No matter how busy or exhausted or tired you might be, make sure to focus on good sleep hygiene, prioritise sleeping for 6-8 hours every night and maintain a consistent sleep schedule. When we sleep, our body gets a chance to be rejuvenated again.
- Exercise. Our busy schedule might leave us with very little time to focus on exercises but even a 30 mins of brisk walking or basic stretching and hands-free exercises at the comfort of your home can show immense effect on how you feel physically and mentally. When we exercise, our body releases endorphins which helps in boosting our mood.
- You are what you eat. Your diet consists of 80% of how you feel physically. While you’re allowed to have cheat days, focus on eating healthy on other days. Balance is the key when it comes to your diet. Be mindful of what you’re eating and how you’re eating and it will help in not just managing weight but also how you feel emotionally.
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