Make changes in your life to help manage and reduce stress. Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression. Take the aspects of your life that stress you out, such as work overload or unsupportive relationships, and find ways to minimise their impact.
It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be enough hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realisation that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.
Exercise is a powerful depression fighter and one of the most important tools in your recovery arsenal.
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.