Feeling Really Down, Or Just a Little Sad?

By Sandy Schroeder

We all have off days as the world surges around us, but when that blue feeling lingers for two weeks or more, it’s time to have it checked out. See your doctor, and possibly a psychologist, for more help.

If you suspect you are depressed, you should do a screening. Here’s a small sampling of screening questions  from mentalhealthamerica.net.

  • Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by these problems?
  • Have little interest or pleasure in doing things?
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?
  • Feeling tired or having little energy?
  • Poor appetite or overeating?
  • Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

Ways to Fight Depression

As you deal with sadness, getting help if you need it,  there are many day-to-day things that can help you turn the corner.

Get sweaty – Make time every day to walk, run, use a treadmill or workout. Exercise produces "feel good" endorphins to fight depression.

Get together with buddies – Reach out to your friends. Meet after work or have lunch. Plan something for the weekend. Make time for your family too.

Get creative – Paint that bookcase or paper a wall. Rethink your indoor plants or garden. Help your children pick colors and paint their rooms. Restore tables, lamps or other flea market finds.

Get busy – Think of a new project at work or at home that you have been wanting to try and start making notes.

Get outside – Plant some new flowers. Walk around your neighborhood. Clean off the patio and start serving suppers outside. Help your kids practice soccer, or shoot a few hoops with them.

Get out of your groove – Set aside some time each day, before or after work, to do something entirely different. Visit an art supply shop and pick up markers, pens and pads of paper for doodling or sketching. Browse a bookstore for “how to” books on something you have always wanted to try. Or drop in on a yoga, pilates or tai chi class to observe. 

As always, start with your doctor if your depression is continuing. 

IMPORTANT NOTE

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, or text MHA to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariz.

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