Depression is one of the most serious and damaging psychological issues that anyone has to deal with. But it doesn’t have to be all hopeless.
With some therapy and a bit of proper medication, you can turn those horrid blues into unbridle oodles of cheer.
And this can all be done through natural means no less – changing your lifestyle, physical activity and also your way of thinking. It may take some time to get used to, but the results are well worth your troubles.
Here are some of the natural and simple depression treatments to keep your long fight with sadness at bay.
1. Get Yourself in a Routine
Ian Cook, MD, who is a psychiatrist and the director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA recommends a routine for one who is depressed.
As we know, depression can deconstruct the very fabric of your existence, which can be on a regular basis if nothing is done about it.
That’s why it’s crucial to set up a gentle daily schedule to enable you to get your life back on track.
2. Get Some Exercise
Exercising is one of the best ways to eradicate mental stress from your mind.
You can be engaged in any physical activity, whether it is intense gymnasium workouts, or something as simple as walking, cycling or table tennis.
This provides a temporary boost of endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that provides long-term benefits for people with depression.
Cook says that regular exercise can encourage the brain to positively rewire itself.
3. Set Goals for Yourself
Being depressed does indeed make a person believe they can’t accomplish anything anymore.
This diminishes their self-esteem and also makes them feel worse about themselves. So to counter this, you need to set goals for yourself to accomplish.
Cook advises starting small. Ensure that whatever goals you set are simple, like washing the dishes for instance.
4. Get Sufficient Amounts of Sleep
When one goes through depression, it can be really difficult to get enough sleep. And small amounts of rest can further aggravate depression.
So the only way around this is to alter your lifestyle. Avoid naps and be sure to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
Also, be sure to alleviate distractions from your bedrooms like computers, smartphones, and television sets. The appropriate sleep time frame should be between 7-9 hours. You will find that doing this will improve your sleep really well.
5. Eat Only Healthy Bites
Healthy diets are great for fighting fat and a number of other conditions and diseases. But when it comes to depression, there is not one diet plan that magically takes all of your woes away.
What’s important is to be mindful of what goes into your mouth.
Sometimes when people are depressed, they tend to drown out their worries with either alcohol or excessive snacking. However, doing this will only push up the blues even further.
That’s why eating less could help you feel better.
Although there is no definitive evidence to back it up, Cook says that foods with folic acid (spinach and avocado) and omega-3 fatty acids (tuna and salmon) have been documented to help ease depression.
6. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a form of brain stimulation that provides nonintrusive depression treatments.
But how does TMS work?
This procedure works by applying powerful magnetic fields to particular areas of the brain that are confirmed to be involved with depression.
There is no need for anesthesia and the procedure is relatively more well-tolerated than the side-effects experienced with ECT and medications.
It has been reported that about 50-60% of those with depression who have gotten a clinically positive response from this therapy are those who tried and failed to get any benefit from medications.
What’s more, is that about a third of these patients experienced a complete remission.
There are many ways to help yourself and your depression. Some will work for you, some may not. The important thing is to keep trying and explore your options. Depression is not impossible to overcome, so gather your courage and start working on that today!