Gratitude is an amazing tool to focus on the good things that are happening in your life. It’s a powerful tool in helping you take in all aspects of your life – good and bad.
Every night before bed, think and write on a paper three things that you feel gratitude about that happened during the day. It could be a coffee with a friend, feeling healthy, feeling better, or having love in your life.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption
Depression and alcohol are usually – and unfortunately – very close friends.
Alcohol has been shown to alter brain chemistry in a way that is conducive to depression. Sometimes alcohol is used as a coping mechanism for unhappy thoughts and worries because of the short term feelings it can sometimes provide. In the medium to long term, depending on alcohol could actually be one of the worst things you can do to manage your depression.
Do you know that the vast majority of people with depression have sleep disturbances? A lack of sleep has been shown to directly impact mood.
To practice effective sleep hygiene:
- Avoid screens at least an hour before sleep time
- Practice a consistent bedtime every night
- Use your bedroom only for rest or intimate purposes. This will prevent your brain from associating your rest place with work or stress