A top ten list I wrote about depression

I submitted this to listverse and those fuckers didn’t reply


10. The Gym

While feeling down, sometimes the entire world can feel like it’s crushing your soul. Or it could just be that you’re 50 lbs overweight and you have a terrible diet that saps your energy, even if you had any! Well, one sure-fire way to defeat that lack of energy is to drag yourself to a gym. Even though you might suck, your dog ran away, your girlfriend left you, nobody likes your book, and your uncontrollable gas keeps anyone from getting close to you, cranking up the weight lifting will at least provide you with some muscles to be proud of! Exercise releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps put a smile on your face.

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-compass-pleasure/201104/exercise-pleasure-and-the-brain

9. Be Creative

Throughout history, the most brilliant people were known to have fits of depression. Sure, most of them died penniless and forgotten by those around them, but time has proven them to be some of the most incredible and creative human beings. Abraham Lincoln, Nikola Tesla, Agatha Christie, Vincent Van Gogh, just a few examples of people who suffered through bouts of crushing depression and hopelessness. From these low points in life, the seeds of imagination blossomed into their self-expression and passionate pursuit of excellence!

Source: http://paloalto.patch.com/groups/terry-godfreys-blog/p/bp–creative-activities-reduce-depression-in-children

8. Help others

Tears of a clown, this saying rings true. One might think that helping others is tough when you can barely get out of bed, but producing happy feelings in oneself is surprisingly linked to how happy you make the people around you! Humans are a social creature, and our links to others lifts ourselves up! In fact, studies have proven time and time again that lending a listening ear to other people, and encouraging others in a positive way actually produces more happiness in the people that do the encouraging than the people being supported! Next time you’re down, do what you can to make someone else smile, it might just come back to you two-fold.

Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2012/01/02/with-depression-helping-others-may-in-turn-help-you

7. Smile more

The mind mimics the body, in fact, you can trick your mind into thinking that life rocks simply by smiling. Even when it’s rainy and grey outdoors, you can always make it sunny on your face by curling those lips up your cheeks into a big goofy grin. Scientists in the UK recommend you walk around with a big grin as a way to express to the world your joy in the face of blues, as it will attract other happy people to you and lift your spirits. Just think about it, if you walk around frowning, who will you attract?

Source: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/07/simply-smiling-can-actually-reduce-stress/

6. Avoid celebrity culture

Nothing can make you more depressed than comparing yourself to the over-the-top lifestyles of celebrities. While you’re trying to come up with busfare to get to work, Justin Bieber is driving a Lamborghini and tweeting how cool he is. Naturally if you compare your life to his, you might feel like a total loser! Ugh! Don’t let this cloud your judgement, life is often a mirage and to try and live up to the fantasy lifestyles of the rich and famous is a great way to end up feeling like a total chode.

Source: http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-us/uk/a-z-of-ailments/emotional-health/self-image-self-esteem/

5. Cuddle

Cuddling has been proven to stimulate the release of oxytocin and provide a sense of well-being. It doesn’t even matter who or what you cuddle with, a dog, a person, anything that breathes, basically. Researchers have even found that meaningful conversations and eye contact can produce this hormone, along with hugging! The act of physical touch and that connection in the moment can sometimes be enough to chase away that grey cloud that follows you around. Harry F. Harlow and a group
of rhesus monkeys were part of an experiment in the year of 1958. Their discovery was fascinating: Baby monkeys seek to be touched, even moreso than their desire for food! It doesn’t sound important, but at the time, it contradicted what science believed: being provided for with physical needs was more important than providing for emotional needs.

Source: http://www.prevention.com/health/emotional-health/oxytocin-help-depression

4. Dance

The stress hormone cortisol has been found to lower after a session of dancing, either with a partner, or alone. The act of moving to music requires a mindfulness that focuses the mind and forces you to be present in the moment! Depression is often insideous in the way it occupies so much space in your head, unable to clear your mind of things that bring you down. Boogie down to some tunes and shake that booty, you might just find yourself smiling and laughing sooner than you thought.

Source: http://www.medindia.net/news/dancing-cures-depression-stress-headaches-in-young-girls-110295-1.htm

3. Music

Music has long been known to calm even the most savage beast. Choosing a playlist that resonates with you can provide the feeling of not being alone, that there is an artist out there who has written songs and lyrics that really help you understand that someone else has felt the way you have. Not surprisingly, popping on iTunes and listening to the radio for a bit in the morning is a great way to get your day started and lift the clouds that keep you down. Throw in some dancing, and you have a quick natural pick-me-up!

Source: http://news.menshealth.com/how-itunes-can-cure-depression/2011/10/12/

2. Natural light

Believe it or not, if your curtains are closed and you’re in a basement in front of a computer with no natural light, it’s a depression recipe! Open those blinds, or better yet, go outside and soak up the rays! Even if it’s overcast, getting some natural light has a huge effect on your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, effects an estimated 6 percent of the population, especially in northern climates. It doesn’t help that so many of us are plugged into the internet and sit in front of fake-light computer screens for a living at work, and then in our spare time, we surf the internet! If you’re feeling down, go outside and get lit up.

Source: http://www.psycheducation.org/depression/LightTherapy.htm

1. Eat happy foods

 Shit looks like I somehow forgot to save the last one regarding happy foods, well, I should change this last one to “drink liquor” because hell, who doesn’t like a nice cold beer?


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