Some days, coping with depression just means making it through another day. You’ve managed to climb out of bed, maybe even put on some pants, but the prospect of another 24 hours seems daunting. What can you do right now to change your mood?
Here are a few simple and easy-to-implement techniques to cope with depression right now.
“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.” -Wayne Dyer
Laughter releases endorphins which decrease stress hormones and improve your resistance to disease by increasing immune cells.
Put on your favorite comedian, or watch a funny show. Let laughter be your medicine today.
Did you know walking in nature acts as an anti-depressant?
Walking increases blood flow and has a positive influence on your central nervous response system. In addition to improved sleep and cardiovascular health, a short walk can boost your mood. A study by Stanford researchers even found evidence that walking in nature may lower risk of depression, specifically.
Set a goal to walk 30-60 minutes per day, three to five times a week. Start a healthier daily routine today- get out there after finishing this article!
Play is a great way to distract the brain- and it even works on kids, too!
Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, said, “from a biological evolutionary perspective, play is nature’s means of ensuring that young mammals, including young human beings, acquire the skills that they need to acquire to develop successfully into adulthood.”
Use play as a temporary escape from the doldrums. Find an activity you are interested in that requires focus. Put a puzzle together, or play a video game. Brain-training apps like Lumosity can be healthy distractions. Find a little fun today.
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