“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lifted the veil off perhaps the strongest feeling of hopelessness with this saying. Depression has abundant synonyms: sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed, restless… and the list continues. But is there any way out of this abysmal feeling that dominates your appetite, mood, digestion, sleep, and in short, your entire life? The answer is YES! Some easy lifestyle changes help you fight this dark monster dressed in blues:
- Getting into a structured routine not only helps you get back on track, it gives a meaning to your life. You are no longer limping through days that present new challenges; you are gearing up to confront them.
- Physical exercise is a panacea for many ills plaguing the human body. Connecting with the outside world by a leisurely stroll is enough to produce the feel-good chemicals called endorphins to boost your mood and morale.
- Setting specific goals tunes your mind into striving for results thus infusing a new meaning in your life.
- Eating healthy goes a long way in boosting your well-being and overall confidence. It keeps you fit and prevents sluggishness. This is a tough test for those firmly in grips of a depression as the more we are depressed, the less we care about our health or diet. Beat the blues with fresh greens and antioxidant loaded fruits.
- Sleeping like a baby will rejuvenate you beyond recognition. Sleep not only chases the toxins that overpower our mind and body by breaking down our immune system, it also lends a new perspective to our shattered thought process. But make sure you don’t sleep in the day when you should be following your routine of exercise, healthy eating and chasing your dreams.
Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection,Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.