Dealing with Depression: How Diet Affects Mood

dealing with depression

Dealing with Depression: How Diet Affects Mood

Diet, Mood, and Dealing with Depression

dealing with depression

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Feelings of depression can often be related to poor body image, body dissatisfaction and eating disorders. When dealing with depression, the first step is to take care of yourself. That can mean many things, but what people often forget is how diet can affect their mood when dealing with depression. Maintaining a well-balanced diet that is high in protein and nutrients is essential when dealing with depression. Eating regularly can significant improve mood and energy. A recent article by Psychology Today suggests three recommendations when dealing with depression.

  1. Make self-care a priority. It is important to make sure you get what you need every day on all levels, including physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Sometimes we can be too busy to properly care for our personal needs.
    When dealing with depression, it is essential that you stay on top of self-care every day. Schedule out time throughout your day to evaluate your emotions and energy level.
  2. Re-evaluate your food choices. Low-carbohydrate and low-calorie diets have been linked to feelings of depression. Dealing with depression means maintaining a balanced diet. Foods that are rich in complex carbs and fiber increase levels of tryptophan. This is converted to serotonin which elevates mood, suppresses appetite, and calms you down. Nutritionists recommend that your diet contain 55 to 65 percent of carbs. Other foods that are high in protein also increase the production of “feel good” neurotransmitters.
  3. Sleep and exercise. When dealing with depression it is important to exercise regularly and get the recommended amount of sleep. Studies have shown that exercise is a great mood enhancer and lack of sleep can create agitation and moodiness. Even just 30 minutes of exercise a day can significantly improve wellbeing and reduce the risks of depression. Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is an effective way to reduce the risk of depression or moodiness. Eliminating distractions like computers, T.V. and cell phones can help if you have difficulty falling asleep.

Making time for self-care is essential for achieving good mental and physical health. In our busy society it can be extremely difficult to set time aside for personal care. If we don’t make time to take care of ourselves, many of the other elements of our lives will eventually fall apart. Our personal wellbeing is the foundation to our lives, make sure you take the steps to keep it stable.

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