Coping with Depression Part 5

As I said yesterday, dealing with depression in an abusive relationship is extremely difficult, but not impossible. Read the following tips and just do the best you can. Remember, I care and want to help you. You can reach me at Heart 2 Heart Christian Ministries 817-689-9347. There is no fee for my DV services.

Tip 1: Reach out and stay connected.
Tip 2: Do things that make you feel good.
Tip 3: Get moving.
Tip 4: Eat a healthy, depression fighting diet.

What you eat has a direct impact on the way you feel. Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your brain and mood, such as caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, and foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or hormones (such as certain meats).
Don’t skip meals. Going too long between meals can make you feel irritable and tired, so aim to eat something at least every three to four hours.
Minimize sugar and refined carbs. You may crave sugary snacks, baked goods, or comfort foods such as pasta or French fries, but these “feel-good” foods quickly lead to a crash in mood and energy. Aim to cut out as much of these foods as possible.
Boost your B vitamins. Deficiencies in B vitamins such as folic acid and B-12 can trigger depression. To get more, take a B-complex vitamin supplement or eat more citrus fruit, leafy greens, beans, chicken, and eggs.
Boost your mood with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids play an essential role in stabilizing mood. The best sources are fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, tuna, and some cold water fish oil supplements.

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, ”I survived.”

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