According to a 2004 Rand Corporation report, depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity.
Being lonely or sad can be a normal part of our lives from
time to time. We get sad when we fail our exams, when
we're rejected by the person we love, or when someone
very close to us dies. Depression, however, can be much
more serious than just plain loneliness. It could lead to
life-long consequences that could destroy your self-esteem,
health, and well-being.
Here are some excellent tips to conquer the despondent mood
and get the most joy out of your daily activities.
1) Get Enough Light and Sunshine.
Lack of exposure to sunlight is responsible for your
body’s secretion of the hormone melatonin, which could trigger
a dispirited mood and a lethargic condition.
Melatonin is only produced in the dark. It lowers the
body temperature and makes you feel sluggish. If you
are always cooped up in your room (with the curtains
closed), it would be difficult to restrain yourself
from staying in bed.
This is the reason why many people are suffering from
depression much more often in winter than in the other
seasons. It's because the nights are longer, there are more
dreary weather days, and we sometimes go several days
without seeing the sun.
If you can't afford to get some sunshine, you can
always lighten up your room with brighter lights.
Have lunch outside the office. Take frequent walks
instead of driving your car over short distances.
2) Get Busy. Get Inspired.
You'll be more likely to overcome any feeling of
depression if you are too busy to notice it. Live
a life full of inspired activities.
Do the things you love. If you're a little short
on cash, you could do simple things like
taking a stroll in the park, participating in your favorite
sports, reading books, or engaging in any activity
that you have passion for and would love to pursue.
Set a goal - a meaningful purpose in life. No
matter how difficult or discouraging life can be,
remain firm and have an unshakable belief that you
are capable of doing anything you desire. With
this kind of positive attitude, you will attain
a cheerful disposition to beat the blues.
3) Take a Break.
Relax. Listen to soothing music. Soak in a nice warm
bath. Ask one of your close friends to massage
you. Take a break from your stressful workload
and spend the day just goofing around. In other
words, have some fun.
4) Eat Right and Exercise.
Avoid foods with lots of sugar, caffeine, or
alcohol. Sugar and caffeine may give you a
temporary burst of energy; but they later
bring about anxiety, tension, and other
problems. Alcohol is a depressant. Many people
drink alcohol to "forget their problems." Again, this is just
a temporary fix. Many times when the “high” wears off,
you’ll feel even worse.
Exercising regularly is a very important depression beater
because it allows your body to produce more
endorphins than usual. Endorphins are sometimes
called "the happy chemicals" because of their
stress-reducing and happiness-inducing properties.
5) Get a Social Life.
Your circle of friends are there to give you moral
support. Spending time and engaging in activities with them
will give you a very satisfying feeling. Nothing
feels better than having group support.
Never underestimate the power of touch. Doesn't
it feel so good when someone pats you on the back
and gives you words of encouragement during your
most challenging times? Hug or embrace someone
today. You'll never know when you have saved
Get intimate. Establish close ties with your
family and friends. The love and care expressed
by others could tremendously boost your immune
system and fend off illnesses. Best of all, you'll
live a more secured and happy life.