Depression affects approximately 350 million people around the world. If you're one of them, you may feel as if you have no control over your condition just because you didn't choose to get it. But it doesn't have to be this way…
You're probably familiar with some of the ways in which you can improve your condition - think exercising, going for cognitive therapy and taking medication. But are you familiar with the things that can make your condition worse? Here are three of them.
Depression: Three traps to avoid
#1: You eat a lot of fried and processed foods
Never mind ‘you are what you eat’ – we say ‘you feel what you eat’! A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry
found an association between a typical Western diet – rich in fried and processed foods, refined grains, sugar and alcohol – and a greater risk of depression
compared to a diet of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and whole grains. So, if you eat a lot of sugary, starchy foods like white bread, white pasta and pastries, replace them with fresh, whole foods that you recognise from nature.
This group of nutrients is not only the answer to boosting your mood... Preventing Alzheimer's and dementia... It's also 8 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE than an Anti-Depressant!...
Nature’s secret to optimum mental health...
And it’s all thanks to the “Omega 3 Effect”
#2: You drink excessive amounts of alcohol
Protects you from depression and other mood disorders including schizophrenia.
Improves memory and learning. (In fact, studies show kids who take Omega 3 supplements do better at school, score higher in tests and have fewer behavioural issues than those who don’t.)
Fights age-related memory loss and senior moments synonymous with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
And protects against stress-related job burnout.
The link between regular heavy drinking and episodes of depression
is well established. There’s actually a medical term for it: Substance-induced depression
. However, it’s a bit of a chicken-egg scenario in a sense that you never know what spurred what – your depression drove you to drink or your drinking habits caused your depression. One thing we do know for sure though is that alcohol usually makes depression worse because it has depressant effects, so it’s a good idea to stick to moderate consumption (that’s one glass per day for women and two for men).
#3: Your sleep patterns are out of whack
A lack of shut-eye can take a serious toll on your mental health
. In fact, sleep
disturbance, such as insomnia or early awakening, is a common sign of depression. Furthermore, changes in your sleep patterns can signal or even trigger a depressive episode. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try keeping your bedtime and wake-ups consistent. Another tip: Shut off all screens (yes, that includes your mobile phone and tablet!) a few hours before bedtime to limit blue light, which can disrupt your melatonin cycles.
Make sure you avoid these three traps that can make your depression worse!
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