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Changing Your Outlook on Depression and Stress

By Stephen R. Farris

A lot of folks enjoy this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, but for those who are tired of all the rainy days by now, and occasional periods of snow, these climate conditions can have an impact on a person's mood. 

Depression sometimes sets in, or our stress levels increase more than usual. Especially with the thought of having to pay off all those credit card charges and tax season fast on the horizon too.

If you find yourself getting into a funk, put on your favorite sweater and head out to your local coffee bar and enjoy a little music to refresh your soul. In the meantime, check out some of these tips that can help when dealing with stress.

Look Deep Inside

That sounds deep in itself, but in all reality we should take a good minute and ask ourselves what's the root of our stress. Sometimes we just have to take a step back and reevaluate the real reason behind our stress triggers. It could be work, school, home, kids or a number of situations that could possibly set us off. Reevaluating our inner selves can help us better cope with what's really bothering us.

Maintain Your Social Life

In other words, when you're faced with stressful situations or having feelings of depression, work towards keeping your family and friend relationships strong. It always helps to share your feelings with someone close to you, and who knows, they may relate to what you're going through and could have an answer to your situation. 

Keep Working Out

Exercise is probably the best way to help relieve stress in your life. There's no need to drop everything when you're dealing with stress or depression. In fact, keep your body and mind active in a positive way. Sometimes you might actually answer your own questions during a workout and feel a little bit better about yourself and your situation.

Take Time Out for Yourself

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In most cases, we tend to forget about ourselves. We get lost in life. So isn't it about time to make plans for you. Take a trip out of town one weekend a month to your favorite getaway, or maybe some place new that you're always wanted to go to. Try a new restaurant, go to a play or movie once a month. Just take time for yourself to lessen those stressful days and weeks. 

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

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