Depression is not just sadness that stays with you for a few weeks, depression is a condition that impacts your everyday thoughts, feelings, behaviour, or actions in the long run Depression symptoms include A huge decline in interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy Negative thoughts Loss of energy, constant fatigue, and issues with sleep The shift in appetite and weight Difficulty with concentration and making decisions Withdrawal from close/loved ones Depend on alcohol and sedatives Low Self- esteem to thoughts of suicide/death Anxiety and depression can occur at the same time, if you are also experiencing anxiety, we have more information on how to cope with anxiety Ways to tackle depression at home Diet During times of stress, anxiety and depression, you may experience a shift in diet and appetite that can also impact your lifestyle. Hence it is essential to eat mindfully and healthily by choosing the types of foods and how much to eat. This will improve your diet performance and can reduce symptoms of depression. Nutrients such as healthy fats, fibres to vitamins and minerals play a role in our mental health and function. Moreover, don’t forget the food pyramid. The food pyramid is a basic starter and guides on what food groups we should consume and how much we should consume. You can take a BMI quiz and view your meal plan based on your and your body type. Meditation Practising mediation regularly assist your brain in managing stress and anxiety that can be a root cause for depression. Meditation teaches our mind to maintain focus and to return to that focus when symptoms of depression interfere. Exercise A stronger body = a stronger mind. Exercising releases endorphins and brain chemicals that can improve your sense of well-being. It also assists in building your confidence while allowing you to take your mind of negative thoughts or feelings that can arise from depression and anxiety. In times of Covid, gyms may not be open to everyone, however, there are many workout videos you may complete at home with just the tip of your finger. Remember consistency is key for an effective workout. Create or try something new Even just baking a batch of new cookies for yourself or creating new artwork or trying a new craft, getting creative enables productivity and assist in mindfulness especially during times of depression Instructable is a creative community of people who explore and share their projects with step-by-step instructions Online counselling and therapy Seeking online professional help is an important part of overcoming depression and anxiety. Just like the flu, fever or migraines, we should seek an expert or doctor when we need help. The same applies to our minds as they are not always perfect. If there are any signs of depression and anxiety especially during times of Covid, rest assured as our professionals are here to help you! If you would like to consult or connect with a professional feel free to download our Cyber Clinic app on the Apple Store or on Google Play. You may also head to How it Works on how to download the app. Our practitioners offer Medicare rebates. Remember, balance and consistency is key to everything. We understand your motivation might be low but if you are going through depression, anxiety or stress. Remember you are not alone and Cyber Clinic is here for you. Start your online counselling now, improve your diet, begin your journey to exercising even if times are tough, you can do it!
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