Are You Depressed? Try Social Activities

Are you Depressed? Try Social Activities

Are you depressed? Wanna come out of depression? Do you want to live a stress free life? Trying to overcome depression naturally? Then, try social activities. Social activities have greatly been helpful in decreasing the symptoms of depression among older adults. This was also proved in a recent study. You can try to include social activities in your daily regime to get rid of depression from your life.

A recent study on ‘Interventions focused on the social activities greatly reduced depressive symptoms in older adults’ was done by Anna Forsman, a PhD student at “The Nordic School of Public Health”. She says that ‘Meaningful social activities taken or adapted to the older people’s individual abilities and needs must be recognized in order to plan their older care’.

Depression among older adults is the most prevalent and current mental health disorder and with the constantly increasing aging population, this has become a public health issue which must be prioritized.

Various forms or kinds of psychological interventions were included with an aim in order to prevent depressive symptoms and also promote mental health in older adults. When all these psychosocial interventions were compared, social activities have been the most promising in improving the depressive symptoms and mental health among older people, says Anna Forsman. Psychosocial interventions have shown a significant effect in the prevention of depressive symptoms in older adults aged 65 years and above.

In addition to effects of social activities, there were no significant effects that could be found with the interventions focused on other activities such as skill training, reminiscence, support groups, physical exercises or with the combined content interventions.

The above statistics of systematic meta-analysis and review is based on the systematic researches in 11 electronic databases until October 2009. The aim was to evaluate and collect evidence-based knowledge and also to find better ways for promoting mental health and preventing the onset of depression among older adults. This research was carried out by Anna Forsman and conducted within the EU Financed Project Data-Prev.

Natural ways to overcome depression

  • Consult a therapist and try to find ways to overcome depression by avoiding those causes. They help to trigger your mental condition, alter you mindset and give you a support system.
  • Exercise helps to stimulate your body and mind and also acts as a mental health booster. Include daily routine activities or aerobics such as walking, jogging, meditation, yoga etc.
  • Several dietary supplements help you to overcome depression naturally. These include herbs, antidepressants, etc. Some of the effective supplements include flax-seed oil, omega-3 fish oil, SAM-e and St. John’s Wort. But, consult your pharmacist before taking a mood disorder supplement.
  • Maintain a healthy diet with increased amount of fresh vegetables, fruits and reduce intake of refined sugars and saturated fats. Include half to one teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper daily.
  • Get additional exposure to sunlight as it helps to regulate sleep patterns and lifts your mood.
  • Try acupuncture treatments and massages as they help to reduce depressive symptoms including body and muscle pains and aches and headaches.
  • Try to avoid antidepressants .

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