What is depression?
No one is happy all the time, so it’s normal to go through hard times and less happy times, but those times come and go. However, someone who is depressed is unhappy, listless and feels deep sadness for a certain period of time. For those affected, this condition appears hopeless and they find no way to free themselves from this low.
Anxiety, sadness, tiredness, listlessness or sleep disorders are typical signs of depression, which is a serious disease and needs to be treated. Causes of such depression can be very different. Job overload, the separation of a partner or other stressful life events can be the trigger.
According to the German Depression Aid around 5.3 million German adults fall ill every year with a depressive disorder. Around one in four women and one in eight men will be affected by depression at some point in their lives. Women are also two to three times more likely to develop depression than men. The Journal of Health Monitoring 2019 of the Robert Koch Institute found in a survey study that Germans have slightly higher depressive symptoms than the European average.
These 6 tips can prevent depression
That’s why you should take precautions – even if you’re feeling fine. But at the latest when you notice mental changes in yourself. The following tips can help you to ensure that your symptoms do not turn into depression. The best way to prevent depression is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These include:
- Regular exercise
Sport is a real miracle cure for depressive moods, as endorphins are released. These hormones evoke feelings of happiness, which improve our mood.
- Healthy eating
Eat as varied as possible. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in vitamins and nutrients strengthens the immune system, which improves our mental well-being.
In the stress of everyday life, we often forget to actively take time for ourselves to calm down. Relaxation ensures a stable mental balance. Use your free time for things that give you pleasure: Yoga, a good book or a bath ensure stress-free moments.
- maintain contacts
Maintain your social network and be around people you like and enjoy spending time with. Share your concerns with friends and family and talk to them about your problems.
- Adequate sleep
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on the psyche in the long term. It is therefore recommended to sleep about eight hours in order to be fresh and rested the next morning.
- Get help
Don’t hesitate to seek professional advice from a psychologist. Prevention courses from many insurance companies that are offered online also provide first aid.