How to beat depression: How to conquer your emotions at the gym
In his latest book, author and health expert Richard J. Epstein describes how you can get your body and mind to fight depression.
The book is called “The Happiness Cure,” and Epstein is offering it at the Fitness Expo in Los Angeles this week.
Here are 10 tips on how to conquer depression, including ways to beat it.1.
Get your head down.
Epstein says it takes your head to be depressed, not your emotions.
“It takes your heart to be angry, not just your emotions,” he says.
“Depression is not just about anger.
It’s about the way we feel, the way the world is, and the way our thoughts work.”
So start focusing on the positives of your day and focusing on those you’re happy with, rather than the negatives, he says, and try not to feel bad about those things.2.
Take a break.
“The best thing about being depressed is that it keeps you focused on what matters,” he writes.
“In fact, it is the one thing you do not have control over.”
Epstein says to “get back into the swing of things” and take a few days of breaks to recharge.
He recommends staying out of the house, not spending time with family and friends.
“There’s no need to go out to a party.
Just go to the gym and take some time to get some exercise and relaxation,” he advises.3.
Keep your body busy.
“If you’re not working on your body, you’re in a bad spot,” Epstein says.
The brain has been programmed to focus on one task at a time, so if you don’t feel good when you’re working on that, that’s not likely to help you get back into a good mental state, he explains.
Epstein recommends a “workout and recovery” routine, where you take a break from physical activity and get a workout in the gym.
You’ll probably find yourself in a positive mood when you do that, Epstein says, so do it anyway.
“Once you feel good again, it will be easier to keep going and do the rest of the stuff you’re doing.”4.
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
“Even if it doesn’t work, it’s still going to be better than the alternative,” he notes.
“You’ll have a deeper connection to your body.”
This could be a workout, a meditation practice, or simply something you can do for yourself.
“Maybe you’re tired and want to get out of bed, but you just can’t be bothered,” he suggests.
“Whatever it is you’re trying to do, take the time to do it and see what happens.”5.
“Getting your head right in the right place is one of the best things you can have going for you,” Epstein writes.
Epstein suggests that you find a support group or find a therapist you can talk to.
“Sometimes people find it hard to connect to their own emotions, so it’s really important to find someone who can connect to them,” he recommends.6.
“Your body is an amazing gift to you, and it’s an amazing instrument in your battle against depression,” Epstein adds.
“Just remember, there is a limit to how much you can feel happy, and there’s a limit on how much your body can do.”7.
Find something to do.
“What I do not want you to do is stop doing what you’re passionate about,” Epstein advises.
“For example, if you have a passion for dancing, then you should always find time to dance, but if you want to play tennis, then play tennis.
What you need to do to find your passion is to find something you love and keep it.”8.
“Try not to get caught up in the negative things in your life,” he explains, but rather “focus on the positive.”
Epstein recommends finding a purpose in life.
“Find something you like to do that you love doing,” he adds.
If you can’t find it, you can find it through a hobby or hobby club.
Epstein also recommends finding something you enjoy, and having a regular time to work on it.
“Don’t think of this as an ‘in and out’ relationship,” he urges.
“Keep doing what makes you happy.”9.
Take time out to reflect.
“As we grow older, we can feel like we’ve gone through life too fast,” Epstein suggests.
You can’t always just be focused on your day, so take a moment to reflect on what you do, and what you haven’t done.
“When you get to a point where you’re focused on something, you start to get better,” Epstein explains.
“So try to remember the good things in life and take time to think about them.”