Healing depression with lifestyle changes / by Tyson Pop

Medication isn’t the only way to lift a depressed mood.

For some people who do have a chemical imbalance in their brain, it may be an incredible way to assist them. But it’s not the magic cure to all low moods. For many of us, we may be feeling flat just be due to lacking a sense of meaning, purpose and connection in our lives. Or maybe we’re grieving the loss of a loved one, or a relationship or an illness we’re suffering or a job we hate.

There’s a lot that can contribute to feeling flat.

And because we all feel crap from time to time, here are so helpful suggestions to assist you in recapturing the joy in your day to day life:

  1. Do meaningful work

  2. Develop a close group of friends

  3. Develop understanding of 'The Big Story'/God's plan for humanity. 

  4. Know your mission statement. 

  5. Spend time in nature

  6. Train your mind - Challenge faulty thinking using CBT. 

  7. Build close family relationships

  8. Know your values

  9. Believe in a hopeful future

  10. Move and eat naturally every day. 

  11. Give time and money to causes you believe in

  12. Read ‘The Lost Connections’.