When you’re depressed, just getting out of bed can seem like a daunting task, let alone working out! But exercise is a powerful depression fighter - and one of the most important tools in your recovery arsenal. Research shows that regular exercise can be as effective as medication for relieving depression symptoms. It also helps prevent relapse once you’re well.
To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This doesn’t have to be all at once - and it’s okay to start small. A 10-minute walk can improve your mood for two hours.
All too often men with depression tend to isolate themselves because they don’t want to feel like they are a burden on others.
Sleep has a strong effect on mood. When you don't get enough sleep, your depression symptoms will be worse.
Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression.