Medication and psychotherapy are only part of what it takes to feel better.  Your attitude and beliefs about your depression and the treatment you are receiving for it can also affect your recovery process.

Start by first saying yes to your whole self.

“Yes” Carries with it a commitment to taking care of your whole self, not just your mind.  What have you done for your body today?  Your body puts up with whatever you do to it.  However, if you are really committed to feeling better than an important place to take action is the care and feeding of your body.

Exercise and proper nutrition are essential to your recovery

Exercise is an important part of taking care of your body.  Did you know that regular or daily exercise can elevate your mood for up to 4 hours?  Exercise doesn’t have to be exhausting to improve your strength and muscle tone.  How you choose to exercise depends on your present health, stamina, and interests.

The important issue is your commitment to do something physically active (for example, going up and down stairs, walking around the block, dancing to music on the radio, or working out at the GM) three times a week.

If this seems impossible, begin with a few minutes of the time.  Gradually increase the duration of each session until you are spending 10 to 30 minutes exercising three times a week.

Feeding your body during periods of depression take special attention and care.  Many depressed people report either loss of appetite or overeating, especially high fat and high sugar foods such as candies and pastries.

The key to proper nutrition is to follow a well-balanced diet of wholesome food three times a day, with a healthy snacks like fruits or vegetables.  Wholesome foods include fruits, vegetables, fish, beef, chicken, and whole grain breads and cereals.

As you eat better and exercise regularly, your body becomes healthier.  This healthier living has a significant positive impact on your mood and how you’re feeling.