Depression is common affecting 300 million people globally of all ages. People with depression have an increased risk of stroke and death from heart disease.
Are you at risk? During the past month, have you often been bothered by:
1. Little or no interest or pleasure in doing things? Yes/No
2. Feeling down, depressed or hopeless? Yes/No
If you answered yes to either question, focus on lifestyle changes that alleviate the risk for heart disease and symptoms of depression. If symptoms persist, talk to a doctor about the potential benefits of therapy or anti-depressant medications.
TLC – A wellness based, research supported approach to treating depression
Social Support – Lean on friends & family.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements – Shown to have anti-inflammatory & antidepressant properties.
Exercise – 35-40 minutes for a powerful and inexpensive antidepressant
Sleep – A risk factor for depression.
Anti-Rumination – Stop dwelling on negative thoughts & feelings.
Light Exposure – 30 minutes per day to help fight depression.
When we partake in self-care activities we act in the opposite way depression would like us to.