7 Healthy Lifestyle Factors That Can Reduce Risk Of Depression

Poor lifestyle can increase your risk of developing depression. Here's how to stay healthy physically and mentally.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : September 12, 2023 7:08 PM IST

Prevent Depression

Depressive disorder or depression is a common mental disorder, affecting 5% of adults globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More women suffer from depression than men. Depression can lead to suicide, which accounts for more than 700 000 deaths every year. What causes depression and who are at risk? Depression can happen to anyone, and it can result from a mixture of social, psychological, and biological factors. Individuals who have gone through adverse life events are more likely to develop depression.

Can Depression Be Prevented?

Leading a healthy lifestyle may help reduce your risk of developing depression, reveals a study recently published in Nature Mental Health. The study, conducted by an international team of researchers, found 7 healthy lifestyle factors linked to a lower risk of depression. Also Read - How Right Food Can Beat Depression?

In Contrast

Excessive time spent on social media often leads to a sedentary lifestyle, contributing to heart-related problems.

How Poor Lifestyle Increases The Risk Of Depression

According to the researchers, poorer lifestyle can create problems with your immune system and metabolism, which in turn increases your risk of depression. Depression can start as early as in adolescence or young adulthood. Hence, educating the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its impact on mental health should start from school levels.