After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church. Ephesians 5:29
The body is usually the first battle field you should address when trying to take back your life. Physical factors are generally the easiest issues to diagnose and the most straight forward to remediate. However, just because it's easy to tell that you need to incorporate more exercise into your life doesn't make it easy to do. As you'll read in the articles on the basics of fighting depression, we strongly advocate giving yourself LOTS of grace. There's no room for perfectionism in this struggle.
I'm not suggesting that these basics are a cure for depression, at least not of the moderate or severe variety, but this isn't about cures right now. It's about gaining ground and reducing hurdles. You may only feel decent for three hours of the day, but as you improve in these areas those three hours can stretch to four. Before you know it you're feeling ok for six or seven hours and have the strength to go to a support group which will help you to gain even more territory.
We're not health nuts or fitness buffs. Generally speaking, this advice is very standard, but our goal here is to give you a depressed person's take on this critical wisdom which takes the whole person into account. We hope that you'll give them a read by clicking one of the pictures below and consider where your life could use some basic strengthening. Also, if you would like some help in determining which areas you should focus on, we created a short survey that you can take here.
Stress weakens our ability to fight depression and should be minimized as much as possible.
It's often the last thing that we want to do when we're depressed, but it might be the best for us.
Food is tricky. Some foods can be powerful brain boosts but go easy on yourself.
Our brains need good rest to recuperate. Consistently dealing with lack of sleep will significantly weaken your fight against depression.