Depression can be a real problem. It makes people not want to exercise. Being sedentary becomes attractive. Food is used to relieve bad feelings. People who are depressed tend to gain weight over time.
How to reverse this vicious cycle?
1. See your doctor. Some people may require anti-depressant medication. In some cases, this can contribute to weight gain, but in others, getting active and “in the groove” can lead to better health habits.
2. Seek out friends and schedule walks with them. Friends can help boost your spirits. And exercise can be as good as medications in relieving depression.
3. Take fish oil every day if you don’t get at least 3 serving of oily fish a week. Some studies show that they improve mood.
4. Especially during the winter up north, get therapeutic bright lights to use during the day to kick you up a gear.
5. Get adequate sleep, which is 7 or more hours for most people.