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Wellness Wednesday: Understanding Depression with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Depression drains your energy, hope and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you to feel better. Depression can make it difficult to take the necessary steps to feel better.

Through small steps like below, it’s possible to start feeling happier, healthier, and more hopeful again:

    • Reach out and stay connected: Getting support plays an essential role in overcoming depression.
    • Make face-time a priority. Phone calls, social media, and texting are great ways to stay in touch, but they don’t replace good old-fashioned in-person quality time.
    • Find ways to support others. It’s nice to receive support, but research shows you get an even bigger mood boost from providing support yourself.
    • Join a support group for depression. Being with others dealing with depression can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation.
    • Eat a healthy, depression-fighting diet. What you eat has a direct impact on the way you feel.
    • Aim for eight hours of sleep. Depression typically involves sleep problems; whether you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers.
    • Get a daily dose of sunlight. Sunlight can help boost serotonin levels and improve your mood.

The most important thing to remember is that depression is not something you have to manage alone. Speak with a doctor and obtain professional help if these types of feelings do not subside.

To learn more about mental health with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, .

The HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or .

The   provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. The number is 1-800-273-8255.