Tips to help you Fight Depression

Depression affects around 1 in 10 of us during our lifetime. That’s an incredible one tenth of the population, and those are the people health professionals know about. I used to work with a lady who was clearly depressed, but she didn’t see it that way, she thought she was “Naturally miserable”. This lady never asked for help because she didn’t see the point, and it’s a real shame as her life could be so much brighter.

If you have been feeling depressed for a few weeks, you should think about visiting your doctor. They will discuss your feelings with you and maybe even come up with a solution in the form of a lifestyle change or medication and therapy.

There are ways that you may be able to help yourself without medical intervention, but if you find the following tips are not working then a visit to your doctor is a must.

  • As easy as it may be, you should try to refrain from secluding yourself. Being around friends and your family can help you to feel better. You could also talk to someone you trust about how you feel. Not only could they come up with a bit of advice, but the process of talking to someone will be a great help.
  • There’s a lot of evidence that shows just 20 minutes of exercise each day can boost your mood. It doesn’t really matter what type of exercise you do, just try to do something.
  • If you find yourself becoming anxious about going out, then make yourself go out. Facing your fears is one of the best ways to overcome them.
  • Try to avoid alcohol as it’s a natural depressant. A lot of people drink alcohol in order to cheer themselves up, but it doesn’t really help. In some cases drinking can make you even more depressed.
  • Set up a routine and try to stick to it. I know it’s often hard to feel motivated to get out of bed and even eat a meal, but sticking to a routine will help you to feel better and may stop you from dwelling on how bad you feel.
  • Get help for your depression. Talk to your doctor about how you feel. If you’re suicidal and think there’s no point in going on, you need to seek help straight away. I have been there myself, I thought there was no way I’d ever get out of my rut, but I did and life is good again. Life can be good for you too, you just have to try to be brave and ask for help.

Tips to help you Prevent Arthritis

Arthritis can be unbearably painful, but there are things we can all do to ensure we can are less susceptible to this condition. Here are some tips that could make a difference to your life:

  1. Try to be a healthy weight – many overweight people suffer from arthritis because of the extra strain their joints have to deal with. Many people have also lost weight and noticed their symptoms have dramatically improved or vanished altogether.
  2. Some women love to wear high heels, but they won’t do your feet any favors. What’s more is they can also harm your joints so it’s best to wear something else. If you’re still determined to wear heels, don’t wear them very often, trust me your body will be grateful.
  3. Try to avoid exercises that don’t stress your joints. Running and football can have a hugely negative impact on your joints, this is why you don’t often see professional sports men and women over the age of 30. Why not go swimming or take up a bit of cycling instead?
  4. Do your best to avoid injuries. If you often play sports or undergo exercise routines that leave you in pain, then you need to stop doing what you’re doing. Be careful, begin a new exercise routine slowly, and be aware of how your joints feel. Too much stress on your joints right now could lead to arthritis when you’re older.
  5. If you’re a woman, make sure your vitamin D level is ok. If your levels are sufficient you’re less likely to be prone to osteoarthritis.
  6. Drink plenty of fluids – if you don’t keep hydrated your body will automatically take the fluid from between your joints, and more specifically the cartilage. This can prove to be very painful, so make sure you drink the right amount of water (8 to 10 cups) every day.

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