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Move Over Depression
Take antidepressant drugs to treat your depression or some old-fashioned therapy—which approach is a better way of dealing with depression? The answer is both.
Like many problems and conditions in life, there’s no one right way to solve or cure depression. Generally a holistic approach works best, which means using a variety of techniques to manage your depression. Remember that your actions have a huge influence on how much power your depression holds.
Take exercise, for example. Many studies have shown that exercise can help alleviate depression. That’s because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that give you a natural “feel-good high.” Do you have to exercise hardcore for 60 minutes every day? No, but the harder you work, the bigger the reward. Remember too, that not everyone loves working out. It’s something most people do because they know it’s good for them.
Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program and then set small goals for yourself. As you achieve them, it will build self-esteem and confidence, both of which are excellent weapons against depression.
What’s your favorite workout routine that helps you when dealing with depression? Do you find regular exercise really does help reduce your depression or are other methods, such as therapy and medications more effective? [Mayo Clinic]