By implementing some healthy practices, you can help yourself to recover from depression. An added benefit is that, if you continue these practices, they will help to reduce the risk of becoming depressed again. Try to add in just one or two of these good practices at a time, until they become habits.
1. Stay active. Even if you exercise for as little as 15 to 30 minutes on most days, you can expect to see improvements in your mood. Some of the potential benefits of exercise include:
The release of endorphins, which results in a feeling of wellbeing
Increased energy and improved sleep
More self-confidence and the feeling that you have accomplished something
Distraction from negative thoughts
Appetite control and weight loss
An effective coping strategy
Getting you out into the world and interacting with other people
5. Stay connected. Your relationships with others help you to feel that you belong and that you are valuable and worthwhile. Friends and loved ones can provide you with encouragement and support. Here are some tips for improving your sense of connection:
Regularly spend time with friends and loved ones.
Allow others to serve you, particularly while you are depressed.
Try something new that will put you into contact with people who have similar interests.