When people are depressed, they often feel that they don’t have the energy to do what previously seemed like child’s play. It is then too easy to become immobilized, forget to eat, or drown your sorrows in unhealthy food and overeating. Sleep disorders are also a common side effect. One way to break this vicious cycle is to try and distribute your meals regularly, throughout the day. It is a good idea to eat your meals at the same time every day, and avoid a gap of more than four hours in between meals. Furthermore, if you do not usually eat breakfast, it’s an advantage to start doing it, even if you eat just a tiny bit at first.

The habit of eating breakfast will help you boost your digestion and will make you more energetic. All you need to do is have a simple, small meal for breakfast, such as cereal with milk, a biscuit with cheese and a glass of freshly squeezed juice, or yogurt and some fruit. As you become better at eating at regular intervals, you should include more healthy foods in your diet. These may be vegetables, fish, nuts and whole grains. Also, remember to stay hydrated. An adult human needs approximately two liters water per day. Although we receive a lot of fluids from the food we eat, it’s still a good idea to try and drink at least one liter of clean water every day.

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