Why Medication Isn’t the Only Answer for Depression

November 28, 2012

Healthy Life

Answers for Depression

Answers for Depression

While depression is not to be taken lightly, we seem to have forgotten that occasionally feeling low is completely okay and natural. We can’t feel wonderfully happy all the time, and that is okay. However, many people are unaware that feeling unhappy on occasion is natural, and often immediately seek a doctor’s advice. Most of us could benefit from the following natural depression remedies:

Exercise

Getting off the couch is often not something one considers when feeling down, but going for brisk job or even a walk can produce endorphins. Playing some sports, especially with other people, is a great idea too. Endorphins are natural mood boosters within our own bodies so giving your body an excuse to release them through exercise is a great way to feel better fast. Call up some friends, and start taping hockey sticks, lacing up those shoes, and pumping up your old basketball.

Socializing

When you are feeling down, the last thing you want to do is go out with friends. However, socializing can be just the ticket to boosting your mood. This is because socialization actually increases our level of oxytocin causing us to feel more fulfilled and happy.

Eat a Balanced Diet

When your diet consists of heavier or greasy foods, it can effect the way you feel about yourself. Greasy foods are often less nutritious which bog our bodies down and ultimately bog us down mentally – often leading to feelings of depression. To curb these feelings, switch yourself to a more balanced diet with plenty of veggies and lean protein, especially those high in Omega3 fatty acids.

Drink Tea

If you find yourself struggling to calm that mind, consider drinking a cup of hot tea with honey. Tea has theanine in it which can bring about calmness, and the honey will cause your body to release serotonin – both of which will boost your mood.

Aromatherapy

Should you be feeling down, consider bringing a couple of candles or diffusers into your home. Scents such as lavender can be incredibly calming and help ease your mind of depression.

Essential Oils

To compliment any aromatherapy efforts you make within your own home, consider also using essential oils as perfumes to boost your mood throughout the day. Lavender, jasmine, angelica, and cinnamon are all soothing scents, and oils can easily be bought in a natural market or online.

Get Enough Sleep

When you are feeling down, getting enough rest can be difficult. Those sleepless nights caused by your low feelings will only make you feel lower, so be sure to get adequate sleep. Taking a supplement like Melatonin can help you fall asleep should natural sleep not occur easily.

Avoid Caffeine

Not only will caffeine keep you up at night, but caffeine actually reduces your serotonin levels – a natural mood booster. So if you are someone that generally has several caffeinated beverages throughout the day, consider laying off a few for a higher level of serotonin.

Start Talking or Journal

Sometimes all we need to do is get it all out in order to feel better about our lives. If you are feeling down, but not enough to consider medication, consider purchasing a journal or visiting a therapist. This will allow you the freedom to get whatever is on your mind out.

Depression should never be taken lightly, and if you feel as though your depression is continuing to get worse, consider other creative depression treatments – such as painting or even individual or group therapy. However, if you are just feeling down on occasion, consider giving a few natural remedies a try before seeking out a prescription.

Why Medication Isn’t the Only Answer for Depression


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