Without adequate exposure to sunlight, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Go outside, even in the winter. Let the sunshine into your house. Open shades and curtains. Go for a walk, get some fresh air. Bring in some fresh flowers.
Exercise boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, and has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants.
Look for things to be positive about. Find things you like about yourself, other people, and your life. The more you focus on the positive, the easier it will be to think positive thoughts
Prayer and meditation
A connection to a greater power or truth can give you a sense of purpose and meaning beyond the day-to-day. Activities related to your spiritual practice or community involvement, such as singing and music, may also have positive effects on emotional health.
If you’ve been feeling down, it’s still important to see your doctor. Some cases of depression still need medication, but a combination of these five tools can make a significant difference to the way you feel and your recovery.