No one seems to be certain whether depression is a symptom of many of these chronic illnesses or if it is a result of the prolonged pain, fatigue and other unbearable circumstances that go hand and glove with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and other chronic illnesses such as Lyme Disease and Lupus: Depression. One thing is for sure, many of us may find ourselves battling depression along with our other ailments.
Of course you don’t have to be suffering from a chronic illness to get depressed — anyone can experience depression. Sometimes it comes and goes and sometimes it is chronic and unrelenting.
Here are the things that I have found that have helped to pull me out of it when I have fallen into that dark, deep pit.
- B vitamins help tremendously. You can get B Complex 100 or you can get B vitamins from natural sources such as nutritional yeast, brewers yeast, molasses, turkey, tuna, liver, legumes, whole grains, bananas and chili peppers. I recommend getting your B vitamins from both types of sources as we are talking fairly high doses. In addition to consuming foods that are rich in B vitamins, I also take several B-complex capsules spread out throughout the day. I found it best taken with food or yogurt, so I would just take one with each meal.
- Get out into the environment – take a walk, sit on your patio, do something to get your attention out of your head and out into the environment. Make a point to look around at the trees, the sky, or the birds. Find some beauty in your environment.
- Do physical work – yard work, house cleaning, repair something, build something or do other household chores. Again, do something that gets you out of your head and puts your attention out on the environment. Don’t over-exert yourself as that could make you feel even worse later, so just do light work.
- De-clutter something – your office, your papers, your pantry, anything that is cluttered. De-cluttering can be very therapeutic.
- Do something to help someone. There is no better way to improve your mood than doing something kind or helpful for another.
- Do something creative – play any form of music, make a flower arrangement, paint, draw, make pottery or anything that you enjoy that involves some sort of creativity.
None of these are easy to do when you are feeling down. However, if you can get yourself to do at least one of these, then maybe you will feel up to doing another one.
Sooner or later, I think you will find some relief.