Sunlight can help boost serotonin levels and improve your mood. Whenever possible, get outside during daylight hours and expose yourself to the sun. Aim for at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day. Remove sunglasses (but never stare directly at the sun) and use sunscreen as needed.
For some people, the reduced daylight hours of winter lead to a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD can make you feel like a completely different person to who you are in the summer: hopeless, sad, tense, or stressed, with no interest in friends or activities you normally love. No matter how hopeless you feel, though, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your mood stable throughout the year.
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.
Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression.