Among the most prevalent and perhaps troubling symptoms of depression is the constant fatigue and cognitive dysfunction both of which make daily tasks seem like a frustrating ordeal. However this is by no means the definite destiny a depression sufferer has to accept and expect to experience constantly - the condition and its symptoms can be alleviated and even eradicated by determination and following basic tips such as these:
- Get a good amount of sleep: during sleep you allow your body to rest and enhance its recovery abilities. You might have noticed that not getting enough sleep is rather detrimental to your depression and tends to exacerbate its symptoms.
- Eat healthily: avoiding excess sugars and having several multiple meals throughout a day rather than a single large one will help you fight fatigue and the cognitive obscurity intrinsic to depression. Drinking water rather than sweet soft drinks is many times enough to achieve noticeable outcomes.
- Exercise: aerobic exercise has been implicated to facilitate neurogenesis or the formation of new neural connections in the hippocampus which is often the main target of depression. Exercise will not only help you combat the neurotoxic effects depression can, via increased cortisol levels, produce, but will also add to your mental/physical stamina further reducing possible fatigue and restlessness.
- Supplementation: vitamins and supplements such as B-complex, Zinc, Fish Oil, Branched Chained Amino Acids (BCAA) and many serve as precursors, factors, modulators, intermediates etc. in many bodily processes which might be directly or indirectly malfunctioning in depression. Because many of these substances are not-toxic and rather essential (within reasonable doses) it gives you an opportunity to experiment and find what works for your depression the most. I, personally, find BCAA and Fish Oil the most helpful in fighting fatigue and cognitive dysfunction among other depressive symptoms.
- Getting to know your depression: knowing the possible biological/psychological causes of depression can be of great aid in addressing your symptoms because you will be able to see deeper into the problem allowing you to make sound adjustments beneficial to the course of your malady. Reading depression related books and articles can and will therefore prove useful.
All of these, especially if combined, will help you take some considerable weight off your everyday depression making life more pleasurable and manageable. Give the techniques some time to start working because their true full potential unravels with continuous implementation.