10 Proven Ways To Help Prevent Depression

7. Exercise more to help prevent depression

You usually feel better after exercising, right? That’s because being active helps the brain’s neurotransmitter systems. Exercise can help prevent problems that come from stress, like anxiety and depression.[8]

Exercising also helps us relax and sleep better at night, which can help you avoid insomnia, a depression risk factor.[9]

What to do: Start out by doing any kind of physical exercise for just 30 minutes. It will help prevent the symptoms of depression and release endorphins, which help us feel happy. You don’t have to start by training for a marathon. Try walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes to start out. Not sure how to start working out? The first step is getting out there!

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