I started thinking that depression is just like most diseases… it’s probably easier to prevent than to cure through intentional, proactive choices.
However, it is my opinion that if you are not depressed now, then it would be very wise for you to take measures now in order to prevent becoming depressed in the future.
Here are some tips to help prevent depression:
1) Take care of your physical health by engaging in regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and getting plenty of rest. Studies show that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get depressed than people who don’t.
2) Watch your thought life.The old saying “garbage in, garbage out” is completely true. If you fill your mind with garbage, then guess what comes out!!!
3) Pay attention to the messages you tell yourself. We have so many thoughts during the day, and we tell ourselves so many things that we’re probably not even conscious of. If you believe the truth about yourself, then you will think positive thoughts, which will lead to positive emotions, which will lead to positive attitudes and behaviors.
4) Spend time with God every day. God loves you and has a plan and purpose for your life. He’s just waiting for you to come to Him and to enjoy your relationship with Him. ****s died for you so that you can freely experience this.
5) Write out your mission statement and review it regularly. This will remind you of your purpose on this earth and how you are unique and especially gifted to fulfill a special role in this universe. Only you can be you and do what you do. Your life is meant to positively impact the lives of those in your circle of influence.
6) Keep a journal. This will help you process your thoughts and emotions. Over time, you will see patterns emerge, and hopefully growth as you overcome challenges and obstacles in your life.
7) Enjoy the simple things in life. Don’t get so busy that you forget to notice the little things like the welcome breeze blowing in your face on a hot summer’s day; or a baby’s smile; or the smell of a flower. That may sound cheesy, but sometimes it’s the simple things in life that help put everything in perspective.