Depression ... Try This When You're Feeling Down

Depression.

One of the top 5 complaints that I have heard from patients during the past 16 months during the revolving lock-downs.

And even though we have been given some of our freedoms back of late, a lot of people are still struggling with this because their lives have been permanently altered.

One of the many residual effects of lockdowns that the experts did not predict.

Now as you know I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist but I have treated many, many people (too many than I would like to admit) with various degrees of depression, so I can speak a little bit towards this.

If you are anyone in your family is struggling with some depression, I have one simple tip for you.

One of the very best things you can do to elevate your mood is exercise. Exercise releases endorphins into your body. Endorphins are your feel-good hormones or what I like to call your "happy hormones".

And if you are not a gym person like me, exercise can be as simple as a walk, a hike, a swim, a bike ride, or a yoga or pilates class. And the more of this you can do outside in nature, the better. Because nature is never depressed or depressing.

Exercising 3 or 4 times per week (and you can also make it a family event) will go a long ways towards keeping those happy hormones circulating throughout your body which in turn will help to keep your mood elevated.

Give it a try!

Next time we are going to talk about backache.

Along with headaches, neck aches, depression and fatigue, backache also made it into the top 5.

 So if you or anyone you know is suffering from backache, please be sure to visit our next post

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