Depression is on the rise. Here are 3 ways to keep the blues at bay
Depression in women has doubled in the past 40 years and we’re now more than twice as likely as men to become depressed, according to a study of 30 European countries.
The researchers cited the pressure of juggling career, relationships and family life as the main reason for the rise. So much for having it all. But don’t wait around for the black dog to strike – reduce your chances with these strategies.
1. Find exercise you love According to a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, people who aren’t active in their leisure time are almost twice as likely to suffer symptoms of depression than active folk.
2. Have a flat white Researchers at Harvard University found that drinking two or three cups of caffeinated coffee a day lowers your risk of clinical depression by 15%.
3. Pop a pill A lack of vitamin D has been linked with depression, so between October and March, when the sun isn’t strong enough for our skin to make its own, make sure your daily multivitamin provides at least 10mcg of vitamin D.
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