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Depression - Living With Depression

Remember the basics

  • Get regular exercise. People who are fit usually have less anxiety, depression, and stress than people who aren't fit.6 Even something as easy as walking can help you feel better.
  • Eat a balanced diet. This helps your body deal with tension and stress.
  • Get enough sleep. A good night's sleep can help mood and stress levels. Avoid sleeping pills unless your doctor prescribes them.
  • Deal with stress. Too much stress can help trigger depression.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs or medicines that have not been prescribed to you. Having a substance abuse problem makes treating depression harder. Both problems need to be treated.
  • Prevent depression from coming back. Take your medicine as your doctor advises. Depression often returns if you stop taking your medicine or don't take it as your doctor advises.
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Last Updated: January 11, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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