We've all heard the saying, "Misery loves company". That's a pretty reasonable psychological analysis of sadness. What they don't add to the proverb is that misery is compounded by loneliness. Within this article you can find information on how to cure loneliness, and while it's no guarantee of a better life, it'll definitely provide some techniques to living a happier, more social lifestyle.

To help reduce the symptoms of depression, go outside and bathe yourself in the warm sunlight. The sunlight stimulates your body to produce vitamin D, a natural anti-depressant. Studies have shown that people who suffer from depression often lack vitamin D, and stimulating your body to produce more of this vitamin can help to lift your depression.

Blend exercise with meditation techniques to maximize the impact of both. Whether you enjoy swimming or yoga, you can practice repeating positive mantras while exercising to adjust your mental outlook while benefiting physically. Continuous exercises such as walking or swimming are ideally suited to blending meditation techniques and allow you to leverage both the mind and body benefits.

It might seem that it's much easier said than done, but keeping a good attitude is a great way to fight off depression. If you can keep a positive attitude about beating your depression and actually honestly believe that it's possible, you will find that depression isn't as heavy and hard to lift as it seems.

Depression is often cyclical. This means that your highs and lows will start to come in waves. If you pay close attention, you may even be able to forecast when the next strong down will come. This can help you greatly as you will be capable of prepare yourself for what is to come.

Re-evaluate certain aspects of your life. Many people feel depressed when they compare themselves to others and feel that they can't be happy without a certain amount of income, a particular lover or material possessions. Instead, dwell on the positive things that take place in your life and think of all the things that you do have and others may not.

Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B in your diet if you suffer from depression. Having a deficiency of Vitamin B can cause depression symptoms to act up. Foods like leafy greens, beans, eggs, and chicken have Vitamin B. Also, there are supplements that you can take that contain this vitamin.

Exercise is one of the best tools to help combat depression. Leading an active, physical lifestyle will help you to alleviate stress and increase your endorphin levels. The next time you feel sad, instead of wallowing in your depression, or engaging in negative activities like drinking alcohol or overeating, try going for a nice long walk or bike ride, and you will be amazed at how much better you feel.

For some people, depression occurs during the winter months. Studies have shown that this is directly correlated to the amount of light that people are exposed to; in the absence of light, people's moods tended to be worse. Make the most of the day during the winter by opening up your windows and going outside. Invest in white light bulbs (instead of fluorescent) to mimic natural light during the night.

When and if you are feeling suicidal you should do everything in your power to remind you that this is all in your head. If you even begin to entertain the idea of killing yourself you should immediately contact someone that you trust and ask them to come and talk you down.

This article can tell you how to get out of your slump, rut, or any other description you may have for depression. Most people fall into depression because they don't feel like they have anyone around them to understand. This article will try to help you understand that you're not alone. In fact you aren't even the minority. Everyone experiences emotions like regret or depression, but the manner in which people deal with their emotions decides whether they are "depressed".

Author's Bio: 

Cee Harmon is founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential online magazine. He enjoys encouraging others to achieve their dreams and improving the quality of their lives -- spirit, soul, and body.