Based in High Point, North Carolina, Jayne Lessard manages a private therapy practice, where she works with individuals and groups on a variety of issues, from depression and anxiety to addictions and personality disorders. Jayne Lessard earned a master of arts in clinical psychology from Wheaton College.
Depression is a serious condition that can leave people feeling hopeless and helpless. Many individuals turn to therapy or medication to relieve the devastating effects of this condition, but there are other ways to battle depression.
1. Setting a Routine: People suffering from depression often suffer from a lack of motivation. For this reason, they are advised to set a routine and stick to it, which can help them keep their lives on track.
2. Exercising: Regular exercise has a strong impact on mental illness in both the short term, through the release of the feel-good endorphins, and the long-term. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk several times a week.
3. Maintaining a Healthy Diet: For some people, depression leads to overeating. Controlling one’s diet can keep depression at bay. Additionally, some research suggests that eating omega-3 fatty acids and folic acids can help with depression symptoms.