Depression: Taking Care of Your Mental Health Takes Work

Staying healthy and physically fit doesn’t happen by accident. To maintain a strong, lean physique, you have to be mindful about making healthy life choices – things like not smoking and watching what you eat.

But, it’s also important to be proactive about maintaining your emotional health too. If you don’t pay attention to your emotions and learn how to deal with stress, anxiety and depression in a positive way, you are at risk of turning to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate yourself from the pain.

If you are healing from a past filled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, take the time to learn positive strategies for supporting your mental health. The next time you are feeling blue or overwhelmed with life, consider adopting some of the following tips to get out of an emotional rut.

  1. Go visit a trusted friend. Did you know that the simple act of socializing with others has been shown to be as effective as taking anti-depressants? In one study, 65 percent of research participants who were paired with a volunteer friend reported feeling better and less depressed as a result of the added social contact.
  2. Shop the produce aisle. Some of the most popular antidepressants prescribed by doctors (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) work by boosting the level of serotonin in the brain. But, you might be surprised to learn that you can increase the amount of this feel-good neurotransmitter by eating foods that are high serotonin – fruits and vegetables like kiwi, bananas, sour cherries, pineapple, tomatoes, and plums.
  3. Get a massage. Instinctively, you probably already know that getting a foot rub from your partner is relaxing. And, science has proven that it can help you fight depression, too. Scientists studied a group of patients with depression and found that those who received a 12-minute massage (three times per week) reported a substantial improvement in mood – the result of a 17 percent boost in serotonin levels.

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