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Don't Let Depression and Stress Rule Your Life

By Stephen R. Farris

With everything that is happening around us, it seems easier to feel depressed and more stressed out than usual. Whether it's job-related or dealing with problems at home -- both of which can be stressful -- there has to be a way to get through it in order to keep ourselves functioning as normally as possible.

The first step is to recognize some of the things that may be causing you stress and depressive moods. The next step is to figure out how to cope and work your way through them. Most people turn to exercise to help with depression and stress. It doesn't have to be much. Something as simple as a 15-minute walk a couple of times per day could help clear your mind and help you regain focus. Others may opt for a more intense type of workout to deal with it.

You may also want to visit with your local doctor or chiropractor as well. Both can offer tips and guidance to help break you from the funk of depression and/or stress. If time constraints are an issue, you might try some of these suggestions.

Make Room for Break Time

Even though it can be hard to avoid stress, you can get away from it by taking breaks throughout your day, especially at work or when dealing with conditions at home. Try to set aside at least 10 to 15 minutes per day, maybe in the morning, afternoon and evening -- if possible -- to get in some alone time to help you think and clear your mind. Throw on some music, drink a soothing, refreshing beverage or call a friend for a quick chat. 

Work It Out

As mentioned earlier, most folks turn to exercise as a stress reliever. Walking, running, cycling, and swimming are all great ways to relieve stress. You might even invite a friend to tag along during your workouts.

Enlist Family and Friends

When you're feeling depressed or stressed, talk with your family and/or friends. They can help shoulder the burdens you may feel by simply letting you vent to get what's bothering you out of your system. 

Where there's a will, there's a way. So don't let depression and stressful situations take control of your life. Seek out ways to help you cope and get through it in order to maintain better mental and physical health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Layton, Utah.

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