Friday,24 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1161, (22 - 28 August 2013)
Friday,24 May, 2019
Issue 1161, (22 - 28 August 2013)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: A path out of depression

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.


Stress-free lives are virtually non-existent in our modern world with its hectic pace. Women tend to fall prey to stress even more than men as they usually are the caretakers, quietly carrying numerous family responsibilities. These days, the recently imposed curfew has altered the lifestyle of many families, adding additional stresses to people as they grudgingly attempt to adapt to changing their lifestyles and regular routines.

Here are some tips to help you through your stressful times:

• Get enough sleep, time to yourself and exercise. Try to connect with people you like and those who support you to keep stress at bay.
• Make sure you don’t hold on to anger because this leads to depression.
• Pamper yourself: Simple things like soaking in bubble baths and listening to music can make you feel better.
• Laugh or just force a smile; a positive attitude is contagious.
• Focus on what needs to be done. Panicking and becoming too emotional is damaging to yourself, which can make matters worse.
• Keep a positive attitude. Stay away from negative friends who make you feel worse. You already feel bad enough, so spend time with friends who are positive and supportive.
• Slow down so as not to go into overload mode. Give yourself a break every few hours and try to restore some balance to your mind.
• Maintain a balanced healthy diet. Limit eating too many sugars and carbs and eat more veggies and whole grain. This will help keep your serotonin level in balance.
• Drink lots of water to flush out your system.
• Start an exercise programme or maintain the one you already have and even step it up.
• Plan a long weekend to a place you love and can afford to go to.
• Remind yourself to be thankful for all you do have rather than focussing on what you don’t have.
• Develop interests and activities, which could range from housework, to visiting the sick or elderly. Try to develop a hobby that involves the use of hands.
• Meditation is an excellent method for calming yourself.

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