GETTING RID OF DEPRESSION
Are you also curious about how it is possible that primitive people who live much harder lives rarely suffer from depression?
Well, the secret lies in their lifestyle habits. More specifically, two things:
Let’s breakdown the first lifestyle habit;
Depression is one major side effect of not exercising. As researchers recently discovered, exercise is as effective as an antidepressant in treating depression (without the side effects of course). Though, It is highly effective, there’s a problem with exercise: When you are depressed, you just don’t have the energy to exercise. I know what is going through your mind right now ‘but I’m depressed, how am i supposed to exercise?’ well, i have thought of a way to make it easy;
-The ‘Last Samurai’ Method; In The Last Samurai, Nathan Algren– the main character, was a depressed alcoholic. but, he was able to turn it around by exercising. However, it was hard to do at first. So what did he do? He found an exercise he enjoyed: (Walking) and brought a friend to exercise with: When he coupled these two together, Nathan couldn’t help himself but to exercise. And he did so…every single day.
But why did it work?
I guess you are also wondering how this worked. well, it has a lot to do with reactivating a part of your brain that goes offline when you are depressed: ‘The left prefrontal cortex’. This part of the brain is responsible for action. When it’s offline, depressed people will find it nearly impossible to do anything. Luckily for us, there’s a way to go around this offline part.
You can go around this by bringing a friend or another person (like a personal trainer) along. When you do, you will be able to outsource the motivation to start the activity and the accountability to finish it. That’s why it worked for Nathan and why it will work for you (or any depressed person). So again, if you want to exercise, here’s what to do:
First, find an exercise you enjoy. This can be as simple as walking. (it’s even better if it’s in nature!) then, find a friend to exercise with. This is how you outsource motivation and stay accountable to exercise.
Finally, start small. Don’t try to become an Olympic athlete all at once. instead, start so small that you can’t say ‘no’ to exercising. Something like once a week and then slowly working your way up to at least 3 times a week. That’s it! When you start exercising consistently, you will quickly notice your depressive symptoms clear up along with a boost of energy. It’s in this momentum you have room for the second lifestyle habit to help with depression;
FIND A HOBBY
Back to Nathan Algren. After he started exercising consistently, he naturally started to become interested in a new hobby: Sword fighting. (lol). So, he took that hobby up with a friend again and found his depression die away completely.
Why is that?
Well, hobbies offer two things:
- They allow you to forget about those negative thoughts going around in your head.
- They keep you busy with fun related activities.
With all that said, there are two things to remember with hobbies:
#1: Choose a hobby you enjoy. For myself, i choose talking, hanging out, singing and twerking (LOL)
#2: Bring a friend. That’s if you’re not an extroverted introvert like me. hahaha
(Pro Tip: It’s actually a bonus point for some people if it’s a team based hobby like football. Because for them, the more, the merrier.) These two tips will ensure you stick to your hobby. And that sums up the two best ways to get out and avoid getting depressed.
So as a final recap…
…if you ever find yourself becoming depressed, do two things:
Exercise with a friend. start small (1x/week) and work your way up to at least 3x/week. This will give you energy.
Find a hobby you enjoy and do it with a friend. this will keep your mind (and schedule) busy for depression.
Combined, they are the most effective, life-changing habits for depression that will help keep depression at bay and keep you looking healthy even with all the stress of an average Nigerian.
I really hope you found this piece helpful…
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