People who are living with depression often feel like they have no energy. If you or someone you love is experiencing this along with other symptoms of depression, such as feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and decreased interest in activities you once enjoyed, it's important to seek help. Confidant can connect you with mental health professionals in your area who can treat your condition.

Getting treatment should be your first and foremost priority. Also, there are things you can do that may help you address your decreased energy and fatigue.

Stay Physically Active

It may seem counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can increase your energy level. So it's important to exercise often, even if you don't feel like it. That doesn't mean you have to become a bodybuilder or world-class endurance athlete. 

Choose an activity that's realistic and enjoyable for you. Walking is a good example of something just about anybody can do. Or put on some music and dance. Make it a regular habit, and you'll soon notice you're feeling a little more energetic each day. 

Regulate Your Sleep

You're going to feel tired during the day if you're not getting enough sleep at night. Sleeping too much can also make you fatigued. The key is to find the right balance of getting enough, but not too much  --  then develop a routine and stick to it.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that you:

  • Keep a regular schedule of sleep and wake times. 

  • Get some exposure to bright light when you first wake up.

  • Exercise every day.

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol.

  • Avoid afternoon naps, which can interfere with nighttime sleep.

Eat for Energy

Food is our primary source of energy.  Make sure you're eating enough throughout the day and be mindful of the food choices you make. 

Notice which foods make you feel sluggish and try to limit how much of those you eat. Keep healthy snacks on hand, so they'll be easy to grab when you feel the need to munch on something. Whole foods are generally more nutritious than processed foods. Opting for "clean" eating options can help perk you up.

Stay Hydrated

Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. If you're already tired, not drinking enough water will only make you feel worse. Be proactive about making sure you're getting enough fluids. 

Water is the optimal choice, but if you're not a big water drinker, juice or something sparkling are good options. But look out for caffeinated beverages that pack in excess calories or sugar like soda.

Manage Stress

We all feel the effects of stress from time to time, but it can be especially overwhelming if you are experiencing depression-related fatigue and lack of energy. You'll have more energy if you take steps to manage stress in your life. 

Start by identifying your stress triggers and working on strategies to minimize them. Are there obligations or responsibilities that you must do? Can you brainstorm some realistic strategies for tackling tasks you find particularly stressful? Sometimes just having a plan can relieve the pressure. Look for opportunities to ask others to step in and help if you can. 

Depression isn't something you can cure with lifehacks. But there are things you can do that may help you address symptoms like tiredness and lethargy associated with depression. Getting professional help is crucial. While you work with a Confidant therapist or other mental health professional, it can also be empowering to make changes like these in your daily life.