How to Get Out of a Depression

There are two basic kinds of depression: situational and chemical. It is not uncommon for a person to get depressed when something awful has happened: a situational depression. Some people suffer from depressive disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Regardless of why you are depressed, there are a few things you can do to improve your mood and work toward lifting your depression.

Take a shower

For those that aren't depressed, this may seem like a silly idea, but often, personal hygiene gets neglected when you're in a funk. Taking a shower will make you feel human again, and the warm water and clean feeling afterward may help you out of a funk. Don't forget to brush your teeth, comb your hair and then get dressed in fresh, clean clothes. You'll feel better, even if your depression persists.

Take a nap

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Though it is important to avoid the hypersomnia (too much sleep) that often accompanies depression, sometimes a nap will help. If you find yourself crying or in an anxious state, taking a short nap can clear your head and you may wake up feeling less emotional. Being depressed can be exhausting, and a nap can help. Just make sure you set an alarm so you don't end up sleeping the day away.

Take a walk

Exercise causes a release of endorphins that can improve your mood. Outdoor activity especially will get you out in the sunlight and fresh air, and get your blood flowing. You don't have to run a marathon, but a stroll around the block or a short bike ride can help clear away anxiety and depression.

Get out of the house

When you are depressed, the last thing you might want to do is go out and see people. On the other hand, going out requires that you get out of your pajamas, take a shower and go somewhere other than your house. You don't have to do anything extravagant, but lunch with a friend or a lighthearted comedy film might just be the ticket to lift your mood.

Don't drink

When you are down, I may seem like a good idea to "drown your sorrows" by drinking alcoholic beverages. The truth is, alcohol is a depressant and is more likely to make you more miserable, anxious and depressed. Stay hydrated by drinking water or fruit juice, but avoid drinking beer, wine or other alcohol to avoid their depressive effects.

Eat something

Forgetting to eat is common when you are depressed. Eating, however, will jumpstart your metabolism, give you energy and keep you from feeling sick from hunger. Keep food light, focusing on fruits and vegetables and avoiding heavy or greasy foods that will make you feel stuffed and lethargic.

Listen to music

Music can be a great way to life your depression IF you listen to the right stuff. Don't play sad or depressing music, as this will only deepen your depression. This included music that makes you think of the situation that is upsetting you after a recent breakup or loss of a loved one. Pick upbeat, fluff music or uplifting classical or opera if you enjoy them. Dance if you want to, or clean up your home while listening to the beat. Anything that gets you moving will help ease your depression.

While this article is not meant to diagnose or treat a depressive disorder, the tips above may help when dealing with depression. If your depression exceeds a day or two, talk to your doctor to determine whether the cause is chemical or situational. Depression can be emotionally and physically crippling at times, so keep your family, your friends and your doctor apprised of your situation. Accept help when it is offered, and try the preceding tips to give your depression a run for its money.