Men often believe that they have to be strong at all times – that means being in control of your emotions. When feelings of depression strike, it is often viewed as a weakness of failure but this doesn’t have to be the case. Read more to learn about lifestyle changes that will help with the treatment of depression in men.
Understanding the Reality of Depression
The first thing you need to know is that depression is not a sign of weakness or failure – it doesn’t say anything about your strength or character. The truth of the matter is that depression is a very real and very serious health condition.
You also need to realize that it is treatable! All men (including myself!) suffer from feelings of hopelessness and anxiety at some point in their lives but this doesn’t have to become a permanent problem. Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can go a long way in lessening and improving your depression.
Lifestyle Changes as Treatment
Depression can hit you at any time in your life but it is often related to a stressful situation such as relationship problems, difficulty sleeping or problems at work. Your first step is to identify the cause of your depression, or at least some of the contributing factors. Once you understand why you are having these feelings – or at least what causes them to become worse – you can start to work on them.
Regular Exercise – Exercise boosts serotonin production in the brain – a chemical that helps to elevate your mood. Regular exercise may also help to improve your sleep habits and self-esteem, both of which contribute to treating depression.
Healthy Diet – If you eat well, you are more likely to feel well. Try to avoid overly processed and fatty foods, making an effort to eat a balanced diet with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
Good Sleep Hygiene – Not getting enough sleep can not only cause depression, but it can lead to other health problems as well. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to sleep each night and try to relax and settle down for about 30 minutes before bed time. Stop watching TV and using electronic devices about an hour before bed to give your brain time to slow down and your body time to unwind.
Reduced Stress – Stress is a key contributing factor in many cases of depression and it can be the hardest obstacle to tackle. Do what you can to lighten your load at work or around the house – ask for help when you need it and make sure to take breaks during the day.
Dealing with depression is not easy, but it won’t go away unless you do something about it. By implementing some of these simple lifestyle changes you can take control of your depression and move in a healthier direction.