Depression is More Normal Than You Might Think
May 8, 2019
My name is Matthew Lucas, and I’m a licensed psychotherapist practicing at the Cook Clinic. I see Cook employees for a variety of reasons: anxiety, depression, marital and family problems, etc. Contact the Clinic to schedule an appointment at (812) 330-9944, or if you have any questions or concerns. This service is offered free of cost to Cook employees.
Feelings of depression stem from normal human emotions that all people experience. Emotions happen in the brain, specifically in a region known as the Limbic System. This system, also called the emotional brain, creates all of our emotional experiences, including sadness. While anti-depressant medication and psychotherapy can be helpful, so too is asking yourself “what personal changes could I make to ease my depression?” Depth psychology has been asking these questions for more than one hundred years now. Meanwhile, here are some strategies to deal with symptoms of depression:
- Cardiovascular exercise three to five times each week, for at least 25 minutes each session. Walking, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking are excellent options.
- Relaxation strategies can help also, namely meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and being in nature.
- Drinking less alcohol. As a sedative, alcohol suppresses our mood and is also biologically stressful on the brain.
- Contemplating positive, healthy change in your life. This can be very powerful and is often overlooked by many people.
- Improving sleep quality and duration. Dim lights, turn off screens about 90 minutes before bedtime to improve sleep. Learn how to improve your sleep at the National Sleep Foundations’ site: sleepfoundation.org