If you’re the kind of person who is prone to depression, and who has battled with that throughout your life, it takes a lot of persistence and patience to make significant headway toward consistently improving your mood.
Sometimes, however, certain simple and practical steps can work wonders for improving your overall sense of well-being – and this is perhaps especially the case if you find yourself falling into melancholic slumps, and then getting out of them again, virtually at random.
Here are a few simple and practical steps you can take to try and lift your mood.
Make sure you are eating a good diet to counteract any nutrient deficiencies
Diet is fundamentally connected to mental health, on a level so deep that it’s impossible to overstate.
The food you eat fuels your body – and in fact ends up “becoming” your body, in the form of newly generated tissue. Additionally, when you eat allergenic foods, or food that you have a negative immune reaction to, you can contribute to conditions like systemic inflammation in the body, that are directly associated with things like depression.
The first step in adjusting your food intake in order to improve your mood, is to ensure that you are eating enough. Prolonged caloric restriction can wreak havoc on your mood – as research such as the Minnesota Starvation Experiment shows.
The next step is to assess how different foods make you feel, and to get a sense of what you should be eating more of, and less of. This is typically something for you to work out using your own food journal and process of trial and error.
Last, but by no means least, is the fact that you absolutely need to take steps to identify and address any nutrient deficiencies you may be facing.
A very large number of people tend to be deficient in the essential mineral magnesium, for example. And a magnesium deficiency (or for that matter, overdose) is associated with depression and anxiety.
Take proactive steps to deal with any specific issues you may be struggling with.
We all have certain issues, struggles, and preoccupations in life, that may well be bringing us down, whether or not we actively acknowledge them.
In fact, we often underestimate the effect these kinds of issues have in our overall mood, until we get them resolved and experience the sense of wonder that comes with being “free” of them.
If you are hard of hearing, selecting a hearing aid can work wonders in terms of salvaging your mood virtually overnight. And the same is true with eyesight correction.
The more you can remove everyday irritations and sources of stress from your life, the better you are likely to feel as a whole.
Make a list of the things you need to do to get your life in order, to your own satisfaction
One thing that certainly doesn’t help when we are feeling down, outright depressed, stressed, or anxious, is to have a very vaguely-defined sense of what is actually “wrong” and what can be done to set things “in order.”
Among other things, failing to have things properly defined in your own mind can lead to a sense of helplessness and hopelessness.
Make a list of the things you need to do to get your life in order, to your own satisfaction, and by your own standards. Even before you turn the list into an “action plan,” the simple fact that you’ve taken the time to identify things, point by point, will likely have a tremendously positive impact on your mood.