If you are experiencing light depression symptoms it often means that what you are having is a simple or mild case of depression. That kind of depression can be managed easily. It usually does not require medical treatment, unless it occurs frequently over the course of several months. If it does, then your depression is more serious than what you think.
Mild Depression Symptoms and How To Reduce Them At Home
Depression often manifests in the following signs and symptoms:
- Feeling of sadness
- Loss of interest in physical and social activities
- Sleeping problems
- Eating problems
With mild depression, the symptoms are generally the same, only less extreme so as not to cause a major impact on your health. Anyhow, here are some helpful advices aimed at reducing depression symptoms at home:
- Start eating right. Get on a healthy diet and stick to it. Know what to eat and what to avoid.
- Junk foods are loaded with junk, and must be avoided as much as possible.
- Foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugar content, caffeine, alcohol, and preservatives only serve to worsen depression symptoms, and you'll be better off without them as well.
- Finger foods will be very helpful for people with mild cases of depression - keep them handy.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables and food items high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Try to get a restful sleep by:
- Having a warm, relaxing bath at night. Try infusing your bath water with lavender salts to make it more relaxing.
- Having a light dinner, topped with a cup of hot ginger tea or relaxing chamomile tea.
- Shut down your computer or TV set or anything that can get in the way of your resolve to sleep.
- Maintain a sleeping routine.
- Give yourself a break. At the end of a stressful day, make time to unwind.
- Go for leisure walks or do some window-shopping.
- Go on long drives from time to time or have a vacation trip once or twice a year.
- Read anything that will make you laugh or put a smile to your lips. Try reading comic strips if you are not fond of reading at all.
- Work on a favorite hobby. If you know how to play the piano, hit on some keys. If you are a writer, write your thoughts down. Do anything creative to express yourself.
- Try meditation techniques and deep breathing exercises.
- Take vitamins.
- The B-vitamins are especially known for their role in warding off depression. Make sure you get a daily dose of the essential B-vitamins.
- Vitamin C has a key role in the production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that controls mood.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are needed in the development and maintenance of a healthy brain.
- Talk to someone. Verbalizing your feelings is a good way of coping with depression. Seeing a psychotherapist can be very helpful in controlling depression at this stage.
Mild depression typically lasts but a few days. If your depression symptoms last longer or if you are losing sleep (or oversleeping), losing (or gaining) weight, losing concentration, or showing signs of anemia, getting professional help will be extremely wise to keep the depression from progressing. As you know when it comes to the point that your physical health and mental well being are being challenged or compromised, a more serious mood disorder is in the making and you need to take more drastic actions as soon as possible.