How to Use Your Surroundings to Fight Depression
By Sandy Schroeder
Depression can be a tough opponent. If you or someone close to you is fighting it, working with your doctor and a psychologist can be crucial. It doesn’t just disappear without help, but there may be additional ways to fight it.
Lighten and Brighten Your Home
Making your home a brighter, happier place is a good choice for everyone, and it may provide a needed boost to someone who is sad or depressed. Prevention gives us a few tips.
Capture favorite spots with art – If fishing, hiking, or camping are favorites, finding pictures or murals, or having someone paint the perfect scene could be a wonderful way to lift a dark mood or suggest the next outing.
Paint in shades of red or orange – Painting or simply adding splashes of color in accessories in your home can lift the mood. Sunny yellow, vibrant oranges, or bold reds can show up in drapes, pillows, pottery or paintings. If that sounds too bright, scale them back with lemon, apricot or rust tones. See what plays best at your house.
Bring the green indoors – That wonderful lift that you get when you head out for a walk can be brought in with silk plants or real. Perch them on a windowsill, line a balcony, or add a few to your bedroom. Scientists say plants give off compounds that help ease stress and lower blood pressure. If you have pets be sure to make sure your choices are not a danger to them.
Add a light box – Often used for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), light boxes may help people who are constantly depressed. Researchers suggest using light boxes for added light in half-hour sessions in the morning. Look for a light box that creates light similar to the sun, but deletes harmful UVs. Check with your doctor or psychologist before setting up your light box.
Maximize light and views – Make the most of any views that you have and add windows if you can. Use roll-up shades to invite views of greenery and natural light in.
If you are coping with depression, keep looking for more ways to lighten the load as you reach out to friends, try new exercises, or resume hobbies.
Note: If depression continues, see a doctor and a psychologist. If the signs of depression are rapidly increasing, take immediate steps to have them seen and treated. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
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