Defying Depression the Natural Way

Depression can result in enduring states of sadness, emptiness, and lethargy that may persist for weeks, months or even years. Many people wrestle with depression at some point during their lives for various reasons: life circumstances, ill health, ’baby blues’, hormone imbalances and more. We have put together some ideas to help you fight this debilitating state of mind the natural way.

~ Healthy Diet ~

A study in “Archives of General Psychiatry” stated that the Mediterranean diet is inherently good for the heart and that it could help treat depression effectively. Indeed, a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of depression. Some foods enhance the production of serotonin naturally. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that makes a person feel happy. Some of the foods that can contribute to the manufacture of the happy chemical are eggs, fish oil, flaxseed oil, sour cherries, and healthy fats.

~ Exercise ~

Many studies have proven that regular workouts can help manage moderate depression. Physical activity done three times a week for 15 minutes or more at a time can lift mood, improve self-esteem, lessen stress and boost your energy levels. Exercise releases endorphins and creates the feel-good chemical dopamine. Dopamine floods a person’s brain with positive emotions and helps fight sadness and anxiety. These chemicals also boost one’s immune system and improve one’s mood.

~ Sleep Routine ~

One of the most common complaints of people struggling with depression is the inability to get proper sleep. While some people with this condition don’t get enough sleep, others tend to sleep way too much. Improper sleeping patterns can be detrimental because the regeneration system breaks down. Therefore, it’s essential to get a balanced proportion of sleep every night. This includes going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays. Sleeping aids can also be beneficial, but contact a doctor before taking any sort of medication.

~ Cut out Depressants ~

A lot of people experiencing depression turn to self-medicating for relief from their symptoms. However, alcohol and other drugs are natural depressants. Therefore, it’s best to reduce these harmful elements from your diet as it can only intensify the symptoms. Alcohol may improve your mood initially. However, the physical consequences and adverse side effects of excessive alcohol consumption or dependency on other substances can lead to devastating consequences. Alcohol makes a person impulsive and increases the chances of suicidal attacks.

~ Reduce Caffeine ~

Caffeinated drinks that fuel many people’s day – like coffee, tea, and energy drinks – may provide an energy boost momentarily, but have an adverse longterm impact. Caffeine worsens anxiety and depression. However, if you’re a caffeine veteran and have been relying on it for an extended period, it’s wise to take your time cutting back. A lack of caffeine may cause a temporary depressive episode. Instead of withdrawing suddenly, consider limiting your intake and slowly weaning yourself off…

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