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Let’s talk about Depression.

It’s not great news to read that depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, over 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.  What’s the solution?  It’s time to take matters in to our own hands!

It’s time to looks inwards this World Health Day.

With The World Health Day coming up on April 7th, we encourage everyone to look closely at simple healthy habits that can be adopted to aid in the prevention and support of those suffering from Depression.

  • Beat Depression by talking about it! – It can be hard to open up and be honest about how you are really feeling. You may be used to putting on a ‘front’ with others and pretending you are fine, but this can often make you feel isolated and alone, which can make things worse. Unburden yourself and seek support from family or friends. Telling someone how you are feeling is a vital first step in breaking this isolation, so that you can build a network of support.
  • Beat Depression by eating the right foods – New research from Deakin University is presenting the case that diet can actually play a big role in depression. You are what you eat, and you need to eat food that will help you be happy. Foods rich in omega 3 fats (trout, salmon, and walnuts), Vitamin B (legumes, red meat, leafy greens and nuts) and tryptophan (lean chicken, beef and turkey, eggs and bananas) can help your body to react in a more desirable way to stimulus and events.  While it might not be the cure, there’s a strong argument for your general health and happiness to give it a go!
  • Beat depression through exercise – Research on the link between anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood. The link between exercise and mood isn’t entirely clear, but working out and other forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and make you feel better.
  • Beat depression by investing in Health Insurance – Make the search for professional help easier to find. Health Insurance is one of many options that can be used to give yourself the treatment that you may be needing in a timely manner. Take a look at our policy options by clicking here.

Questions?  If you have any, please contact us for a chat.