1. Exercise (daily). Studies have emphatically proven the link between increased exercise and better mood. We need a brisk walk of at least 30 minutes once a day. It helps burn off excess adrenaline, gives us energy when we need it and aids sleep in the long-term.
2. Social connectedness – people need people. Be social, keep your friends and make new friends. The greatest friend of depression is solitude. It’s greatest enemy is social connectivity. Start with family and work your way out into the community.
4. Think more about the things that are right about your life . We spend too much energy focusing on the things that we have lost in life and frustrate ourselves with lists of things we need. Look right under your nose at what you are blessed with. We take a lot for granted.
5. Dig up a long lost hobby or start a new pastime. Happy people do things that they love doing. This creates flow in their lives. We lose sense of ourselves and time when we become engaged. This deep engagement is called flow. Regular experiences of it contribute to a feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction. We need flow in our days or we start to feel deprived and frustrated.
7. Meditate – focus on your breathing and remove yourself from the noise of life . Bask in the glory of ‘now’. If you have faith, practice it. Prayer has been shown to be a powerful resource during difficult times. It’s harder to be terrified if you believe that you are being looked after.
8. See the world around you and marvel in it. Feel the breeze, smell the flowers, watch the sun rise. There is therapy in the clay, calmness in the sky and energy in the animals, trees, plants and flowers.
(c) Shane Martin (www.moodwatchers.com)