10 ways to avoid or deal with depression, anxiety

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How to deal with mental health issues like depression, anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. And nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Acknowledging and treating your mental health helps create resilience. Dr Arsheeya Taj, Consultant – Psychiatrist at MGM Healthcare, Chennai, suggests a few simple things you can do to look after your mental health not just this winter, but throughout the year.

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1. Communication: Talk to your inner circle, approach people to whom you can confide in.

2. Distraction: Learn to distract your mind from your current situation. Focus on your hobbies. Practice yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques, listen to music.

3. Acceptance: Try to accept your current situation, strongly believing that “This too shall pass”.

4. Take a break, take a breath: Take time out. Count back from 10-1, until you relax.

5. Say ‘NO’ to ‘temporary reliefs’: NO alcohol, no smoking.

6. Say ‘YES’ to exercise: Take a good walk, dance away your worries.

7. Adequate Sleep: Sleeping over your problems – it’s been proven that sleeping is an active practice that increases your ability to overcome stress.

8. Eat a healthy diet: Have a healthy and balanced diet. Stay hydrated.

9. Stay positive: Stay away from the negative environment – there is always a solution for every clear and positive mind.

10. Get some sunlight: Studies have suggested a link between vitamin D deficiency and poor mood. So, stepping outside or getting some sunlight can help increase your body’s serotonin levels, which balances your mood.