When it comes to our health, we often think merely of things like diet and exercise, we think of the body. However, our mental health is just as important and, in a number of ways, interconnected with our physical health. Mental illnesses like depression and anxiety can create long lasting medical problems due to prolonged exposure to stress, so it’s best we take care of ourselves on all fronts. However, the conversation on mental health in the modern world is incomplete, to say the least. The infrastructure just isn’t there to properly support mental health. IF you have a mental illness, you might not realize it. Depression is more than just being sad, though you wouldn’t know it from how people talk about it. Depression is also characterized by exhaustion, lethargy, apathy, and even in some kinds of depression, a sort of hyperbolic happiness, the opposite of public opinion. If you do recognize your mental illness, you might not act on it because of the social stigma attached to mental illness. On the other hand, you may not pursue treatment that you rightly deserve and want due to the financial requirements of medical help. Suffice it to say, much of the rampant mental illness in the modern world goes untreated. Therefore, it falls upon us to do what we can to pick up the slack in the system. Here are some tips to help you cope with depression.

First and foremost, living an active lifestyle is a major part of coping with mental illness. An inactive lifestyle can not only worsen mental illness but can also cause it. We need to keep our bodies moving, and we need a change of scenery every once in awhile. This is part of the vicious cycle of an illness like depression. The best way to cope with depression without medical care is getting out and moving around, but those are the exact things that depression will prevent you from doing if you don’t fight it. Why not pick a new, outdoorsy hobby? Barefoot waterskiing would be just the activity for you to get out of your comfort zone and into a more active lifestyle, killing two birds with one stone. For starters, you’ll engaging in a physical activity, but you’ll also be getting that change of scenery we all need. Depending on your overall level of health, however, you may have a harder time physically engaging in an activity like that right away, so you may want to start with something smaller, and I can think of nothing better than just taking regular walks. Walking is light exercise, but it’s still exercise, and it is, by its very nature, a change of scenery. By just taking a daily walk, you’ll do wonders for your mental state, and you can build up to other, more demanding tasks that will help even more. Getting rid of all the excess energy your body doesn’t want to use or even acknowledge is such an important step to better mental health.