If you have been diagnosed with depression, know that you are not alone. It’s actually more common than you might think. In fact, nearly 15 million American adults exhibit the clinical symptoms of depression which include feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and lack of concentration.
But, there is hope! Studies have shown that depression is highly treatable with the help of experienced behavioral health experts. They can develop a personalized plan of care that can address your specific needs and personal goals.
In addition to seeking professional help, you can empower yourself with strategies to fight depression! You can boost your mood and start to feel better by making a few, simple lifestyle changes.
To support your mental health, consider adopting a few of these strategies to feel your best!
(1) Set one daily goal for yourself every morning.
Setting and achieving personal goals is a powerful tool to fight depression. It helps to build your self-confidence and motivation to work even harder. To get started, think about your morning routine. If you usually grab a coffee and a bagel on your way to work, consider carving out five minutes during breakfast to jot down one personal goal for your day. You’ll likely find that this simple act can help you get more done and feel better about yourself all day long.
(2) Prioritize your sleep.
If you’re feeling depressed, your sleeping patterns may change. You might start sleeping more or less than usual. But, not getting enough sleep can make the symptoms of depression even worse. To support a healthy sleep routine, try to avoid taking naps during the day. And, stick to a strict schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even during the weekend. (Tip: With some smartphones, you can schedule bedtime reminders to help you turn in for the night on schedule.)
(3) Get creative!
It’s easy to fall into a rut, but you can energize your routine by occasionally trying something new! Maintaining a regular schedule is good for your mental health, but it’s also important to keep things new and interesting. Pick one day of the week to explore your community and try something new. Visit a museum or take a yoga class you’ve been thinking about trying. You’ll be glad that you did!
Dual-Diagnosis Treatment at Infinity Malibu
Existing behavioral health issues often surface during addiction recovery. That’s why we offer treatment protocols that are designed to treat clients with a dual-diagnosis. During your stay at Infinity’s Agoura Hills, Malibu or Tarzana homes, your therapist and designated case manager will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to address your physical and mental health needs. Call (888) 266-9048 to learn more.