Depression can be a big problem, especially for the elderly. This syndrome can use up a person’s energy, determination and dreams. It becomes a crippling burden on life if not properly handled. Melancholy is not easy to treat, but treatment is not an unmanageable effort. It seems hard to achieve anything when you are depressed. You can start by striving to stay positive despite the odds and setting goals no matter how small they are. Symptoms of this disorder include lack of sleep, loss of appetite, irritability, tiredness, and recurring physical conditions.
Take one step at a time. This is the cardinal rule in dealing with this issue. Give yourself a small reward for every achievement; these may be minor accomplishments but become substantial when put together. Of course, you need the support of family members or friends. It will be difficult to cope with depression if you feel alone. Maintain healthy relationships with relatives and peers, and try to engage in social activities to help you avoid negative thoughts. Assume small responsibilities. The problem with overcoming depression is that it makes people feel hopeless. Being involved in useful activities and taking on menial tasks may work as a remedy for natural depression.
Indulge in moderate physical workouts that can be done at home. Walking around and biking are also good options. Exercise generates endorphins, “good chemicals” that can lead to improvement of immune response, feelings of happiness and moderation of appetite. There is no need to participate in marathon races. Daily walks for several minutes will be beneficial to you. Maintain a healthy diet and consume healthy foods such as fruits and green veggies. See to it that you get sufficient sleep at night. Remove all distractions from your bedroom, like your personal computer and television set. Go to bed early and try to maintain a regular schedule in waking up.
Some medical practitioners say that folic acid, tuna, avocado, and spinach can help in reducing depression. However, severe cases of depression may require professional treatment such as psychotherapy or medication. It is advisable in these cases to seek advice from your family doctor.
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