Plenty of people avoid getting treated for depression, in part because they want to save themselves from the social embarrassment. It is hard to admit you are depressed. It is hard to go seek help for it – to admit to a doctor that you are sick. It is seen as a sign of weakness.
However, you can do a lot to stave it off on your own. Avoid processed sugar. Avoid caffeine, or at least severely limit it. One cup of green tea a day is plenty if you have to have caffeine. Get regular exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym, although it is nice. Having a regular routine is good – and accountability. Go for a 20 minute walk at lunch instead of spending the whole hour sitting. Park the car further away. Do jumping jacks. Find new ways to get moving.
Notice if you are coming up with excuses for why you can’t do this. This is normal. Don’t give in. See these impulses as a sign to keep going. You can’t stop. This isn’t a temporary thing. You have to do this for the rest of your life – to have a life.
If you put good fuel in the car, it drives better. Our bodies are the same. They are electrochemical machines. Eat well – no processed food. Learn to cook simple foods. Steaming isn’t hard and it means you get fresh vegetables. Don’t wait until you have a crash before you eat – then you’ll eat whatever is at hand and it will rarely be good. Plan your meals and eat them regularly – low blood sugar causes terrible crashes. Don’t have junk food in your house or you will eat it.
Another thing that helps is making art. Some of the biggest reasons for depression are that you aren’t communicating your feelings. Sometimes that is because you don’t know how to say what you need to say. Art says a lot in a healing way.