Scientists Say There’s An Everyday Activity That’s Better Than Exercise At Tackling Depression

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Depression can affect absolutely anyone, regardless of age or background. And while there’s a much greater awareness these days of mental health issues, the methods for tackling them are still up for debate. One established treatment for depression, though, is exercise. But it turns out that there’s an easier everyday activity that may be even more effective.

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Depression can of course severely impact your life, particularly when it develops into a long-term condition. People can even spend weeks, months or years feeling relentlessly unhappy. Typically, those coping with depression will experience a loss of interest in things they used to enjoy too. They will also experience other symptoms such as anxiety and fatigue.

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According to the World Health Organization, over 300 million people worldwide have some form of depression. And the National Institute of Mental Health believes that 16.2 million adults in America experienced a depressive episode in 2016. An “episode” counts as at least two weeks of feeling low. This is also combined with other symptoms including loss of interest, lack of sleep and no appetite.

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