In recent news, Self-Help books have been recommended as the first steps to deal with depression. I found it interesting that reading that you can at least get things going and help people with low intensity intervention methods. What makes it even more interesting is that no matter what level of depression, there were beneficial signs showing that these books were working.
What I noticed were which books were read in this extensive research? It would be interesting to know which were the books given the 2,500 patients that went through the study. Maybe one book was more effective than the other. I am not sure if there was a breakdown of this but, it would be interesting to find out.
But, with that being said, I would like to cover some strategies for depression you can use now. On your journey to grow and developing yourself, depression can be detrimental if not treated.
What are ways to Combat depression?
In a book called The Depression Cure by Stephen S. Ilardi, Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC), which lays out a six step program that helps alleviate depression.
Stephen designed this program because he believes that “human beings were never designed for the poorly nourished, sedentary, indoor, sleep-deprived, socially isolated, frenzied pace of twenty-first-century life.” (The Depression Cure by Stephen S. Ilardi)
To change things around, Stephen recommends these 6 things:
1. Eat more omega 3 fatty acids- predominantly fish-oil that we most have been lacking in our American diet.
2. Have more social interaction-such as getting together with 6-8 of your friends have to have a dinner or an afternoon lunch on a Sunday.
3. Do physical exercise-150 minutes of moderate exercise recommended by today’s physician.
4. Get sunlight exposure-going outside and getting sunshine and the Vitamin D that comes with the exposure.
5. Rid of negative thoughts-Avoiding to dwell on the past and negative thoughts that are toxic to us is critical to reducing depression.
6. Receive sleep-regular sleep and a decent hour.
Recent studies show that 70 percent of the people who went through the TLC program experienced a 50 percent or greater reduction in depression.
For me, that is FANTASTIC, which statistically proves that his methods has benefits in improving your mental well-being.
To learn more about Stephen’s powerful six-step method to reducing depression, please visit:
Also, there is:
They are both definitely worth checking out if you or someone you know is going through depression or anxiety. Start today, and you’ll definitely thank yourself later for it.