Exercise helps to release feel-good endorphins, builds confidence, reduces anxiety, and allows you to get a healthy amount of sun and fresh air. You should aim for at least an hour of exercise everyday to maintain both mental and physical health.
A lack of sleep, or inconsistent sleep schedule, can not only contribute to but worsen your depression. A consistent sleep schedule allows for your body to natually produce the serotonin it needs. It allows for a reduction in stress, and an overall happier outlook!
Diet is such an important component of mental health that it has inspired an entire field of medicine. It has been proven time and time again that what we eat not only matters for our physical, but our mental health.
A dietary pattern characterized by a high intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intakes of animal foods was apparently associated with a decreased risk of depression. A dietary pattern characterized by a high consumption of red and/or processed meat, refined grains, sweets, high-fat dairy products, butter, potatoes and high-fat gravy, and low intakes of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of depression