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Getting enough sleep – and the right kind of sleep – should be a critical focus for someone trying to overcome depression. Estimates are that more than 80% of people with depression have trouble getting enough sleep. Often, insomnia or a sleep disorder can be the culprit behind the onset of depression if a patient is not getting the restorative stages of deep sleep needed to feel refreshed and energized. Practicing good sleep hygiene can help to turn around many sleep issues, including going to bed at a set time, avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evenings, and removing the television and other distractions from the bedroom. But when self-help methods don’t resolve long term sleep issues, then seek help from a sleep expert or sleep clinic.

People feel depressed because they do not have any outside activities or interests. If your life has become boring and routine, try cultivating some interests. Try visiting the elderly, working with your hands or doing some house work. Having other interests can help you to feel better about yourself and increase your happiness.

Eating a small amount of chocolate can be a tremendous depression fighter. Studies show that chocolate-eating can release your body’s endorphins that help alter your mood. This may help you to feel better.

If you have found yourself feeling depressed and can not figure out why, it is a good idea to get your thyroid checked by your doctor. It has been found that thyroid dysfunction is the cause of many peoples depressions so it is extremely important to rule out any thyroid disorder.

Having a pet can help you with your depression. Pets bring companionship and joy to people’s lives, and will give you something to get out of bed for every day. Taking care of a pet will allow you to focus on something outside of yourself. Studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to be depressed, so give it a try!

As you can see, treating your depression isn’t as difficult as it may appear. It just requires doing a lot of research, trying a lot of methods based on your doctor’s recommendations, asking a lot of questions, and having patience. The work will pay off, once you see how it can help your future.