Marked by the ability to recover readily, as from misfortune.
Most people will tell you that the opposite of being depressed is simply to be happy. The fact is however, no one can be in a constant state of happiness. Life will throw little and big surprises and shocks or way constantly. It is how you handle these situations that is important. Do you fall into a deep dark tunnel of depression when things do not work out, or do you cope with these minor bumps and recover easily without falling apart? The opposite of being depressed is actually being resilient. This happens when we build a protective layer to safeguard ourselves from becoming overwhelmed and depressed from the difficulties of life. Here are some ways that will help you be more resilient and cope better with life.
1. Positive Relationships
In order for humans to thrive and be happy, we constantly need people around us. Positive relationships like lovers, spouses, sibling and parents all contribute to our well-being. Studies have shown how social involvement can promote better health, help in the recovery from trauma and illness and lower mental illness and stress-related health problems. Many studies have shown how people recover from physical and mental illness when assigned to support groups. Always have positive people around you who will help lift you up when you are down. These people are your support group, people you find inspiration from to bounce back when you feel down.
The lack of sleep can cause a person to become irrational. When sleep deprivation becomes chronic, it is bad news all the way. Your memory and concentration can be affected. It can also cause a decline in cognitive performance which translates into an intoxicated brain. Summarized, the lack of sleep can cause mood disorders and a host of other problems and illnesses. When your body gets sufficient rest through sleep, your mind is able to concentrate better, recover better and be more positive.
If you want to improve your emotional health, listen to your mind and not your mouth the next time you eat something. The bad boys like high sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods need to leave your kitchen and be replaced with the good guys like protein, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, superfoods and some raw chocolate that actually helps boost your serotonin levels. When you start doing this, you will start to see the difference in your mood and attitude every time you replace the bad food with a better option. A good diet will also make you feel more energetic and this way you will be able to handle stress better.
A study was conducted with 202 depressed people who were assigned sessions of vigorous aerobic exercise. The shocking results were as follows:
- The aerobic exercise was as effective as Zoloft, an anti-depressant.
- The ones who improved with exercise were less likely to relapse after a period of 10 months than those who were successfully treated with anti-depressants.
A short 20 minute exercise routine early in the morning is a sure way to boost mental health. I have seen colleagues walking into the office slumped and grumpy and others who are happy and chirpy. No guesses to tell who exercised that morning! A study conducted with 20,000 participants revealed that people who were more active, doing things like gardening, exercise, walking, housework and sports, were the ones who were least anxious and distressed. When we exercise, the workout stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve cells. Exercise also increases the activity of serotonin and norepinephrine. It also releases endorphins or happy hormones which also reduce pain. With so many benefits of exercising related to mental health, why would you not start today?
Build a more resilient you today!