Sometimes it feels like the world is getting the best of you and you're just trying to manage. Everyone feels at least glimmers of those feelings from time to time depending on what's going on in their lives, but for some, depression is more than just a dose of disappointment. You likely know that there are medications and other medically-based treatments that can alleviate depression, which are affective. If, however, you want to make an extra effort, there are also lifestyle changes that can help reduce depression and the difficult emotions that can come along with it.
Whether your feelings of depression or a depressive episodes were triggered by a specific instance, most of the time, there are some things you can do to combat depression beyond heading to the doctor's office or speaking with a qualified therapist. (That being said, if you suffer from depression and need help, qualified therapists and other healthcare providers are there to help you). These lifestyle changes can give you a sense of ownership over your mental health and recovery and empower you to stick with it. From exercise to meditation, here are some things you can add to your daily routine to help ward off depression and feel better.