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How to Beat the Rising Cases of Depression

By Genevieve Cunningham

There’s no denying that depression is on the rise. Whether that’s because more people report their depression or more people actually suffer from the disease is unknown. But most doctors and professionals believe that depression really is hitting us at higher rates. But considering we have more technology and conveniences than ever before, why is depression so significant in our time? To fight off depression and keep yourself mentally healthy in this tough world, take a look at these tips.

Get Off the Computer

This means your laptop, your phone, or whatever handheld device you’re currently using. We spend way too much time on a device! Researchers believe that this constant stimulation is actually damaging our health. Boredom is good for us. It gives us a chance to be creative and try something new. But with a tiny computer in our pockets, we rarely have the chance to be bored anymore. If you want to keep depression at bay, limit your screen time and get real life experiences instead.

Say No

Most people don’t understand how liberating it is to use the word NO. We get so used to pleasing others that we forget the word exists. But constantly giving in to other’s demands can cause anxiety that is unnecessary. While it’s important to say yes sometimes (work, family, etc.), it’s not always necessary. Sometimes, even if it’s your boss or your mom, you still have to say no. This frees up a little time to do what you want to do, and it also keeps you from getting overwhelmed with tasks.

Tackle Problems Head On

Honestly, procrastinating your problems is one of the most certain ways to harm your health. The worry and stress from said problem will eat you up from the inside. It won’t go away just because you’re ignoring the problem. Instead it will fester and grow until you finally deal with it. If you have a problem in your life, go ahead and confront it. The sooner you confront your problems, the sooner you’ll feel the stress and anxiety lift from your shoulders.

Depression happens, and it can’t always be avoided. But there are definitely things that we can do to help ourselves. Use these tips to keep yourself mentally fit and strong. And if depression does hit, don’t be afraid to seek out the help of a professional to get to feeling like yourself again.

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

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