Helping Tips When You are Feeling Down

By: Anselm Chibuike Anyoha MD
 
 
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JAMAICA, N.Y. - Aug. 21, 2022 - PRLog -- If you have lived long enough, you might have had occasions when you felt sad, down, and depressed. You are not alone, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). People whose feelings are persistently down and severe (major depression) (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression) should seek the help of clinicians in the field of mental health and depression, per the NIH.

Tips: Here are some tips you can use to recover from being down and sad

Call a friend: According to an online health publication, Forbs Health, friends play valuable positive roles when it comes to fighting depression (https://www.forbes.com/health/mind/ways-to-support-a-depressed-friend/). When we're feeling down, a good step to take is to call someone, either a friend or relative, who loves us and always makes the sun shine upon our sad feelings.

Join a group activity: Joining a group for recreational activity, according to the NIH, is a way to ride the rough patches of sad feelings and the blues. Joining sports or other recreational activities gives us a space to free our minds from preoccupations with our individual issues, albeit one day at a time until our mind heals completely.

Get a night's good sleep: Healthline, an online newsletter that discusses mental and psychic wellness, argues that sleeping is nutritious to the mind.  Adequate sleep helps restores the mind to an optimal functioning capacity, which is used for optimal decision making. The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day.

Change location: Outings, says the National Institute of Health, could help with restoring mental wellness and depression. Taking a vacation or taking a walk is all part of changing our location. Noticeably, our thoughts tend to reroute when we change location. Perhaps the change has to do with new things we encounter as we move around, the distractions that disrupt our set of thoughts as we go around, or the sudden realization of what else is going on around us other than our individual problems.

Setting limits: Healthline also suggests setting a limit on our goals. Sometimes, we set lofty goals and slug through them day in and day out. Some people thrive on such hectic activities, but others might develop a sense of underachievement and depression when they fail to meet their own expectations. Setting small goals that allow for success and accomplishment brings forth joy that serves as fuel to further accomplish more goals.

Helping out: Although we did not need anyone to tell us this, researchers have discovered biological evidence that helping others triggers the release of feel-good hormones, said Mark Rowland, of the Mental Health Foundation. We feel good and experience joy and happiness when we help out (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/art...).

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