• Life expectancy is up
• Literacy is up
• Poverty is down
• Homicide is down
• People killed in war is down
• Global GDP is up (significantly)
After all... “Modern populations are increasingly overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep deprived & socially isolated.”
What follows are six lifestyle changes to help depression.
In fact, these changes will likely improve your life even if you’ve never had a bout of depression.
Not only is obesity more deadly than car crashes, terror attacks and Alzheimer’s COMBINED, but it’s likely contributing to your depression.
Obese individuals had a 55% increased risk of developing depression compared to those of normal weight.
The modern, Western diet led to a tenfold increase in obesity and incidence of chronic disease.
Depressed individuals tend to consume more carbohydrates, specifically in the form of simple sugar, (Christensen, 1996).
½ of adults engage in the recommended amount of physical activity (CDC, 2010).
Exercise correlates with a reduced risk of depression and sedentary behavior with a higher risk.
Aerobic exercise has shown as effective a treatment as a standard antidepressant
Inadequate sunlight exposure is the main cause of vitamin D deficiency which, like obesity, has become a modern epidemic.
You're sitting inside all day staring a blue light. Your circadian rhythms are messed up.
Of course this contributes to depression.
Reduced amount and/or quality of sleep are cardinal symptoms and also predictors of major depressive disorder (Baglioni et al 2011).
Internet use has been correlated with less family communication, smaller social circles, more depressive symptoms and greater feelings of loneliness.
It seems that, instead of using social media to connect, we’re using it to compare.
> Lean and strong
> Avoid of processed foods
> Exercise regularly
> Get regular sunlight
> Sleep at least 7 hrs/night
> Use social media to connect instead of to compare