For some of us, depression can be seasonal or associated with climate. Also, it can be because of loss or sad memories of important life events. Combating depression can be easy and can be controlled. We know that at any time our chemistry will change and that it was only a momentary lapse due to obvious circumstances. For others, it is not easy to fight depression, since it has different symptoms and different levels. You just know that this out of control feeling is going to happen to you and there seems to be nothing you can do to stop it.
Do you agree that in our modern society, depression seems to be occurring in epidemic proportions? Even young children, adolescents, and college-age adults have been diagnosed as clinically depressed. Fighting depression is the next step if you already know you are suffering from this disease.
Studies of Depression with Placebo
In 2002, a collaborator of The Washington Post, Shankar Vedantam, wrote an article entitled “Against Depression, a sugar pill is hard to beat,” where it states that “in 52% of FDA trials, the effects of antidepressants could not be distinguished from those of a placebo.”
What’s more, his research also indicated that “a greater severity of depression was associated with a greater change in depressive symptoms in patients treated with antidepressants against the opposite effect that was observed in those of the placebo condition of the pill.”
The bottom line is that medications are not a long-term solution. Although, it is by no means suggested that you stop taking the prescribed medication. Here are 10 tips to deal with depression naturally, for it might be wise to start looking at the natural remedies for depression before going for prescription pills.
Prevention is Key to Fighting Depression
If you know that your depression is triggered, do everything possible to avoid it. Reduce anxiety, maintain a healthy diet and participate in an exercise program. Yes, we know that everything is easier said than done, however, they are the most effective preventive measures.
If you are not exercising regularly, it is highly recommended that you do it. There are so many different forms of exercise (i.e. yoga, aerobics, weightlifting, running, etc.). Start exercising little by little for up to half an hour per day. It can be even more beneficial for the treatment/prevention of depression if you can do it outside. This will help the blood to begin to flow in all the parts of your body and you will begin to feel better almost instantly. The most important element of any exercise program is to find one that is most suitable for you.
Your diet should be rich in calcium and B vitamins, cut refined carbohydrates and avoid sugar. Eat fresh and sustainable foods and use supplements when necessary.
Herbs contain many medicinal powers and can cure a variety of ailments. St. John’s Wort is one of the most promising herbs for the treatment of depression. It has been used for centuries by people around the world. Some of the beneficial herbs include the passionflower, lemon balm, lavender, lemon, valerian, whole oats, and nettle. Start researching the benefits of herbs for depression and anxiety, while seeking the advice of a certified herbalist, neuropath or other comprehensive healthcare professional.
Once in a state of depression, one of two things can happen: sleep a lot or you cannot sleep at all. An excellent way to protect yourself from sleep irregularities is to create a routine for lying down and sticking to it every day. Take a relaxing bath (with Epsom salts), drink an herbal tea to help induce restful sleep naturally, reduce stimulants, do what works in your lifestyle, but take care of your sleep.
Stroll Through Nature
Give priority to your time in nature by spending at least 30 minutes a day outdoors. It is essential for us to connect with nature, especially in times of depression. Cut wood, spend time in the garden, walk the dog, take a walk, ride a bike, canoe, go skiing … whatever you choose to do, do it for at least an hour and a half – more if you can. Exposure to sunlight alone can do wonders.
Use Your Hands to Create Something
Doing things with your hands is really a great therapy. Relive your gifts given by life – because we all have them – and use them to make something beautiful. Listen to the deep longings within you, by not listening to them, which may be the reason for your depression. Whether it’s doing something from home, cooking for your family, working in your car, knitting, baking, writing, taking pictures or painting pictures. Stop resisting, follow your heart and do what you like.
Do Something for Someone Else
When you are depressed, your thoughts tend to turn inward, thus triggering the recollection of your wounds and sad memories. Sometimes, allotting time to help people who are suffering from depression help you also. It is therapeutic to be able to find the meaning of doing well.
Depression is not the cause of despair and extreme sadness – it is a symptom. If there is a specific problem that is causing these feelings, turn it up front. Investigate solutions, meet with a therapist or counselor, set goals and come up with a plan. Do not let your problems go unanswered. Hope can be found in the step in movements, step by step towards the solution of your problems.
Call a Friend
It could be that we are afraid of becoming a burden for those who love us, but we must remember that we are social beings. We relate to and we are specially designed to live in a community with others. Resist the temptation to isolate yourself and call a friend.
We hope some of these tips will be helpful. Depression is not something to be ashamed of anymore. No one in life is made of roses. Depression is a problem like any other – it is not a character flaw or a moral deficiency. Remember that there are natural methods that can help. In the end, you should take time to know yourself and discover what works best for you. Unfortunately, there are no quick and easy solutions, but there is hope.