If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t want to get up in the morning, you might have been depressed. In fact, you may also have lost sleep, had a lower self-esteem than normal, or had problems concentrating. Consider doing one or more of these habits on a daily basis to help heal your depression.

Get Up Early

Waking up in the early dawn hours can be helpful in staying motivated for the day ahead. Indeed, you can use this time to write in a gratitude journal, do chores, or watch the sunrise. Besides this, exercise can help you feel less anxious, empty, sad, or hopeless. A few simple ways to get some exercise include walking, doing yoga, gardening, lifting lightweight dumbbells, or bouncing on a trampoline. Waking up early may be hard at first. Try setting your alarm just 15 minutes earlier than when you normally wake up. Slowly wake up earlier and earlier so you won’t feel like giving up at first. 

Get Active

Exercise is one of the best ways to instantly improve your mood. At first it will feel like a chore, but once you get yourself in the habit you will crave the feeling you get after a good workout. Find something active that you enjoy doing though. If you only have the energy to go on a walk in your neighborhood, start with that. A little bit of exercise will go a long way so don’t feel like any effort you put in is useless. Get your physical activity done in the morning to have the best start possible to your day. It will also help you make it a habit in your daily life. 

Eat Well

Even though it might not seem like it, what you eat can affect your mood. Eating healthy and nutritious foods will make you feel better physically, which can then help your mental health and give you the energy you need to be productive. Make sure you are taking vitamins you are deficient in and are fueling your body with all the nutrients you need. Start your day off with a green smoothie packed with nutrients. Talk to a dietitian for help coming up with a meal plan that works for you personally. 

Journal to Improve Mood

Journaling can be a simple, inexpensive way to give yourself some therapy. For instance, it can be helpful in clarifying thoughts, releasing tension in the body, and boosting the mood. Additionally, identify negative thoughts and create more positive self-talk. You can write down your thoughts as they come. You can even use this as a chance to head to the store to purchase a nice journal that reminds you to be positive. Take some time before bed every night to write down anything you might be feeling at that moment. It doesn’t have to be super thorough, just take 5 minutes to spend some time reflecting on your emotions. 

Meditate Regularly

Meditation can aid in controlling anxiety, reducing stress, lengthening attention span, increasing self-awareness, generating kindness, improving sleep patterns, and more. You can use a yoga mat to meditate outdoors or in a quiet room indoors. There are simple meditations that only take a couple of minutes or try a longer session. You can learn by following a free video online, listening to a calming app, or purchasing a DVD. For optimal results from your meditation, do it first thing in the morning when your mind is clear and you have less distractions. Mediation is one of the easiest ways to feel some calmness in your life and to benefit your mental health. 

Try Socializing

Spending an excessive amount of time alone can only worsen any symptoms you may have. Although it can be a challenge, it’s vital to make socialization a priority. For example, you can communicate with friends and family by making a phone call, sending an email, texting, or writing a letter or note. Further, you might enjoy signing up for a class, taking up a new hobby, or joining a sport. This could give you the opportunity to meet new friends and get involved in healthy activities. Plan a game night with a few of your close friends. Laughing and having fun together will help brighten your day a little bit. 

Aim for One Productive Task

Don’t overwhelm yourself when trying to heal your depression. It can only end up making things worse. Instead, aim to complete just one productive task a day. Determine what is most important to you, and make that a habit. Set your goal at the beginning of the day to give you the motivation you need. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t complete all the things you want to do in a day. Just simply making your bed or getting dressed can be a win for the day. 

Consequently, being depressed can cause you to lose interest in doing your favorite hobbies, make it difficult to maintain relationships, and even make you lack joy each day. Of course, it’s important to make every effort to live your own life in a healthy manner because you deserve it. Remember the above tips when trying to improve your mental health. Remember to take it easy and be kind to yourself so you don’t make matters worse. Focus on just one of the above tips at first and start your journey to healing your mental health.