What to know about avoiding depression - Coggle Diagram
What to know about avoiding depression
People who have a susceptibility to depression may have a higher risk of developing it if they have chronic stress.
It is not always possible to avoid stress, but taking steps to do so may help.
• taking breaks from work
• practicing breathing exercises and meditation
• learning to say “no” to additional demands
• getting enough sleep and rest
• getting regular exercise
There is evidence of a link between stress and depression or anxiety
A 2018 review describes exercise as an underutilized treatment for depression.
The authors note that it can boost both physical and mental well-being.
physical activity can act as an antidepressant, and experts encourage doctors to include it as a treatment.
the following foods may help
• green tea
• fresh fruits and vegetables
• soybean products
• healthful oils, such as olive oil
• whole grains
people should limit their intake of the following
• trans fats
• sugary desserts and sodas
• premade baked goods
• red meat and meat products
A healthful diet may help prevent depression and boost mental well-being.
A lack of sleep may worsen symptoms of depression, and it is also a common symptom.
According to an older article, there is a strong link between depression and insomnia.
Alcohol and drug use
The use of alcohol and some recreational drugs can increase the risk of depression and make symptoms worse.
Many people have both depression and a drug use disorder or alcohol use disorder.
Therapy can be one-on-one, with a group of people who meet just for therapy, or with partners or family members.
Psychotherapy, or talking therapy, can help people identify the causes of depression and find practical solutions.
Avoid common triggers
Triggers that a person may be able to avoid include:
• using alcohol or drugs, unless the person has a related disorder
• having too little sleep due to late nights
• exposure to news, some movies, and other media
Various factors can trigger symptoms of stress and depression, and these will vary between individuals.