Depression and fatigue go hand in hand most of the time. Unexplainable fatigue is one of the symptoms of depression, so that makes sense in a way. The problem is that also people who suffer from fatigue for long periods of time are prone to develop depression.
How to break the downward spiral
Breaking the vicious circle can be a challenging task and the sufferer might need help from outside, in order to win the fight with the disease. There are solutions, but it is very hard to determine a depressed person to change their habits, even if you logically explain them how this is for the better. Anyway, here are a few tricks that might break your depression and fatigue vicious circle and restore your well-being and your cheerful mood.
Sugar is not the answer
Cut the sugar from your diet completely. Sugar is a poison, because when it metabolizes, it transforms in alcohol, so even if you are not a heavy drinker, your liver will suffer just the same, if you give it big amounts of sugar to process. If it’s hard for you to give it up completely at once, try to gradually reduce it.
Coffee provides only a brief boost
Reduce your daily caffeine intake. Caffeine is good because it keeps you alert, but on the other hand it is bad because it stimulates your body to produce an increased amount of stress hormones. Try tea instead of coffee, at least once a day. There are lots of herbal teas which smell and taste amazing.
Benefits of physical exercise
Don’t let a day pass without doing at least 30 minutes of physical exercise. You don’t have to kill yourself in gym workouts or on the treadmill. A long walk in the morning or in the evening will be enough to boost your mood and get you rid of your depression.
Since depression and fatigue go together, getting rid of one, will help the other to fade and eventually disappear. Exhausted sufferers may raise an objection that they can’t exercise because they are simply too tired for that. They should, nonetheless, try lighter forms of exercising.
Walks are great. Every body can walk, no matter how tired. You adjust your speed to your physical shape and condition. You’ll see how they will get better with every day that passes.
Getting sunshine when you can
Get at least 30 minutes of sunshine every day. Exposing yourself to sunshine makes your body produce vitamin D, which it needs in order to stay healthy. Moreover, the bright light of the sun has positive effects on your brain. It cheers you up even if you don’t want to. It’s chemistry and a game of hormones. Use it to your advantage.
Making the effort to enjoy yourself
If you followed the above mentioned advice, you are already feeling better. Boost your shape even more by trying to lead an active social life. Go out with friends, take weekend trips with them, laugh a lot and feel great.
Human interaction has amazing effects on our state of mind and on our general level of happiness. Hugs were proven to enhance the mood of depressed people better than medication sometimes. Besides, they are free and absolutely natural, so why not try them?