Awareness of depression and how you can help a depressed friend

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Depression awareness is something that all people need to address. The thing is, people normally confuse it with mood swings. However, it is an underlying mental problem that pegs a lot of people. The problem is, most people never know they are suffering from depression until its too late. And by too late, I mean when they get suicidal.

What is depression?

Are you sad all the time? Are you highly irritable? Do you feel like life has no meaning?

Depression is basically a mood disorder. However, it’s much more than just a mere mood thing. The way to really differentiate between mere moods and the mental illness is constant sadness and loss of interest in things that you used to love. Basically, most people with depression withdraw themselves from the world they were used to.

Signs to look out for depression awareness

The way to know whether its depression or just mere mood swings is that you find yourself not even doing the normal things like working. Most people who are depressed resort to substance abuse just to numb the pain and run away from their lives.

Here are a few signs to watch out for…

  • Crying over any small thing
  • Feeling empty and hopeless
  • Dumping your hobbies
  • Insomnia or too much sleeping
  • Substance abuse
  • Low energy to perform little tasks
  • Suicidal thoughts

These are just but a few things to watch out for.

The importance of addressing depression with friends who you may believe are suffering from the disease

Normally, people with depression rarely reach out because they feel its embarrassing. It is usually because they don’t want to be judged over whatever it is they are going through. The one thing is that talking helps. If you feel your friend has withdrawn, reach out to them and ask them if they are ok before you get a call that they committed suicide or attempted to. Give them the time and space to rant. Trust me, ranting helps.

One thing everyone needs to know is that if the blues feel a little too much, then its time to seek help! That’s depression awareness!

 

4 Summer Health Tips you should know!

friends having fun

So summer is coming soon and you might be wondering what summer healthy tips you can apply. The sun is out so it’s going to be quite warm. And whatever time of year it is, people have got to stay healthy, right?

Now, the beauty of summer is that it is packed with so many outdoor activities. This is the time when people hit the beach to sunbathe or have friends over for some good old barbeques and beer. So you need to dress for the occasion. And normally, we put on light clothing during summer… the bikinis, the vests, and shorts.

Below are some summer healthy tips

1. Apply sunscreen

The sun is out! And what better way to protect your bare seld than using sunscreen. Normally, people assume that sunscreen is just for white people. This is just a myth. Much as they require it more, its good for people of all colors to protect themselves against the harsh UV rays. And these rays are a major cause of skin cancer.

The most preferred sunscreen lotions or creams should be at least SPF 30. However, the best medicine is to avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. However, if you really have to be out, then make sure you keep reapplying your cream or lotion after every 3 hours tops.

2. Drink plenty of water

Drinking lots of water is one of the best summer healthy tips. With the sun comes sweating which leads to dehydtation. Forget those fizzy drinks. They will dehydrate you even further. The only way to hydrate is to drink lots of water.

Water is important for our organs. Plus it helps flush out toxins out of our bodies through passing urine. Drink at least 8 glasses of water.

Not everyone enjoys drinking plain water. So if you have to make it more palatable, you could add a piece of lemon or lime.

3. Eat summer fruits and vegetables

woman eating fruitsWe gotta love summer because of the summer fruits we get to enjoy during this season. Fruits are very healthy for us. So take advantage and enjoy these colorful fruits and vegetables. Yes, I know its a barbecue season. But always remember to add in fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Your body will thank you for it as it gets these well-deserved nutrients.

Eat them or make smoothies. However way you like it, just don’t leave them out of your diet.

4. Don’t skip breakfast

Summer is packed with lots of activities. And your body requires enough energy for the swimming and all that fun at the beach. Make sure you take breakfast full of protein and healthy carbs. You need the energy.

Skipping breakfast makes people snack more on sugars and carbs during the day. Having breakfast is one of the best summer healthy tips. When you do, you will find yourself craving unhealthy foods less and less.

I am sure you are really psyched up for summer. Remember to dress lightly and dress for whatever occasion and activities you got planned.