Maintaining a Positive Mindset to Prevent Depression
These days it is absolutely essential that you stay positive, even though so
many problems are prevalent in our world today. We are living in a time of
economic disaster, a rise in violent crimes, and even more occurrences of
national disasters like never before. If you are not constantly filling your
mind with things that uplift and encourage you, then you will be filled with
worry, anxiety and even depression.
Ways to Keep Your Mind Positive.
Maintaining a positive state of mind does take some effort. The way to keep your
mind filled with positive thoughts is to read things that are uplifting such as
words of encouragement from the Bible, quotation books, and daily devotionals
that can be found on Christian websites. You should also hang up posters that
have inspirational sayings on them, so that you can be constantly reminded of
things that are uplifting. This will help keep your mind on the positive aspects
of your life and hopefully distract you from the negative components of your
How to Prevent Disturbing Thoughts and
There is a particular way to prevent disturbing thoughts and depression.
Avoid spending too much time watching disturbing news reports on TV, since this
can cause you to be overly upset and uneasy about what's going on in the world.
From being overly bombarded by too many negative stories provided by the mass
media, it can be very easy to get caught up in the negativity that plagues our
world. If you do hear that something bad has happened on the news, you will
naturally get upset and concerned, but you should not allow what happened to
overwhelm you in such a way that you become depressed. If you allow this to
happen, you will not be able to function very well and will have a very hard
time picking yourself back up from your feelings of despair. If you do find it
difficult to pull yourself together from depression, then I highly
recommend that you constantly read the Bible, quotation books and daily
devotionals. Reading words of encouragement helps to ease your pain and
depression, since they give you a reassurance of hope in spite of the
How I Overcame My Emotional Roller Coaster.
I will now tell you how I overcame my emotional roller coaster after hearing the
worst news of my life. On September 11, 2001, when I saw live footage of the
world trade center attacks as it unfolded, I was so upset that I keep lingering
in great sadness and emotional turmoil for days, lamenting over the number of
lives that were lost on that tragic day. I almost fell into a depression since
that news was so painful to bear. But I managed to pick myself back up from
despair by constantly reading uplifting words of encouragement from the Bible,
quotations from books, and daily devotionals. This has enabled me to overcome my
emotional roller coaster.
10 Dietary Tips To Overcome Depression
As the seasons change many of us are prone to seasonal depression. As fall
begins and throughout the winter, many people's attitude and personality shifts
temporarily towards a state of depression. The use of antidepressants is
increasing over the recent years with many concerned people heading to the
closest psychiatrist for medications.
Did you know that there may be no miracle
foods or treatments, but some food can actually help counteract depression? Make
sure you include the following items in your diet so you can help lift any
depression you may have.
1) Foods rich in
grains have gotten a lot of bad press lately, they are now recognized as one of
the best food groups that can counter the blues. A meal rich in carbohydrates
can increase the rate of a mood modulating neurotransmitter called serotonin.
Bet on pasta, bread, rice, couscous to keep your mood regulated.
2) Foods rich in omega-3
It is already well known that these fats are great for heart health. Several
studies now suggest that they would also be beneficial in the fight against
depression. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel are foods that should be
consumed at least twice a week in order to combat depression.
3) Foods rich in
There is a link between stress levels and a significant depletion of the mineral
magnesium in the urine. Magnesium deficiency can cause nervous disorders such as
tremors or severe morning fatigue. To put the odds on your side, go for foods
containing a good amount of this mineral as nuts, legumes and whole grain
You'll be pleased to learn that delicious pleasure of life contains
phenylethylamine as well as theobromine, two substances that stimulate the
secretion of serotonin. Recall that the neurotransmitter serotonin is happiness!
But admit that even without it, the chocolate is so good that just tasting it
can put a smile on anybody's face.
5) Foods rich in vitamin
A deficiency of vitamin B6 can lead to symptoms of depression and irritability.
Although such deficiency is relatively rare in a countries like ours, the users of
oral contraceptives should be more attentive to their B6 levels. Studies have
shown that users of oral contraceptives were significantly more likely to become
B6 deficient than the regular population. Bananas, chicken, breakfast cereals,
and potatoes are all good sources of B6.
6) Foods rich in iron
Anemia is a condition called by an iron deficiency that leads to extreme
fatigue. Due to the higher blood demands of women because of menstruation, women
are more likely to become anemic. Eating bran flakes (breakfast cereals), red
meat, lentils or spinach is a good way to regulate iron levels. But be careful
not to consume these foods with tea, because the tannins found in tea greatly
7) Foods rich in
Tyrosine is actually an amino acid that plays a role in regulating mood. Stress
and overwork can lower our levels of tyrosine in the brain and thus disrupt our
emotions and reduce our ability to concentrate. By consuming foods that contain
this amino acid more often, we increase or likelihood of having optimal blood
levels. Bet on meats, poultry, fish and eggs.
I've already mentioned that skipping breakfast could lead to binging on food
later in the day. Skipping breakfast can play on your mood by disrupting blood
sugar and causing a decrease in blood sugar. Spacing meals out during the day
keeps blood sugar levels regulated, making sure that your mood will be stable
throughout the day.
Spaghetti or other home style meals can be heartwarming to us. They are often
associated with family, friends and good times. Meals like Thanksgiving dinner
and Christmas dinner invoke positive emotions. Although the phenomenon has no
scientific explanation, comfort food comforts the body, mind, and soul!
10) Physical exercise
Recent studies suggest that exercise is extremely beneficial in eliminating the
symptoms of depression. These benefits are associated with the secretion of
endorphins, a natural mood enhancer. We can not ignore the
benefits that physical activity brings. Anyway when you move, you feel
I hope these tips shed some light on lifting or even curing depression for
you. If you know anyone else who has some depression please share this
with them so they too can be helped.
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