Depression is a common disorder that affects more than 300 million people globally. Depression weaves a complicated web of symptoms, including anxiety, fatigue, indecisiveness, sadness, loss of interest, loss of sleep and changes in appetite. While many choose to treat depression with prescription medication and therapy, there are several all-natural treatments that can go a long way toward managing your depression.
The following suggestions for the natural treatment of depression can be undertaken without a doctor. However, if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, please seek professional help immediately.
Natural Herbal Remedies – Supplements and Other
- Fish Oil
Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a major building block in brain chemistry. When you are not getting enough omega-3, you may not be properly sending nerve signals. If your brain is not functioning optimally, depression can result.
- B-Complex Vitamins
Like fish oil, B-Complex vitamins help your brain to produce and respond to serotonin. More specifically, they help the chemical, which is an important factor in creating a positive mood, stay active longer.
Recent studies indicate that there may be a link with depression and your body’s endocannabinoid system. It’s no wonder that instead of turning to prescription medication, many choose to self-medicate with cannabis. Cannabis is also an adaptogenic herb, meaning it works with your body to help it adapt to stresses. To maximize the effectiveness of the herb, try vaping it in a dry herb vaporizer. Choose a strain high in the terpene limonene, which has been shown to improve mood.
- Get Outside – Or At Least, Fake It
Vitamin D is an important supplement when it comes to mood health and there’s a big ball of natural Vitamin D fire right outside. Exposure to sunlight increases your body’s production of Vitamin D. Bright light therapy has also been shown to enhance mood. If you can’t get outside as often as you like – brighten up your home and workspace. There’s also something to be said for communing with nature that can help fight depression.
- Write it Out
Sometimes, we know exactly what’s bothering us, but we have no means of expressing it. Maybe it wouldn’t be polite or we simply do not wish to burden others. There is a treatment that can help you express your feelings without exposing them to others. Start a journal or a diary. Record your thoughts on what’s happening in your life, especially your feelings and reactions to these thoughts. You might discover some things that you can change your life for the better. It will also help you express thoughts and feelings of anger and other emotions in a constructive way.
Getting active and moving has a natural way of getting your mind to let go of the things bothering you. It also has the added benefit of creating a leaner, stronger you and that in itself can boost mood. It is important to find an exercise that appeals to you; choose something that you enjoy and engage in the activity daily.
- Get Social
If you’ve been isolating yourself, either because of your mood or simply not having time to socialize, then getting social can definitely help boost your mood. Spending too much time alone can have the opposite effect. You don’t need to talk about your depression – simply spending time with friends and family can provide a needed mood boost. However, take care to eliminate people in your life that are not contributing positively towards your well-being, negative and toxic people can have an adverse effect.
There are many natural mood-boosting treatments for depression. These are just a few that you can engage in and see your mood change for the better. Before beginning any supplement regimen, be sure to speak with your doctor, particularly if you are already taking prescription medications. If you are seeking to gradually phase out prescription depression medications through natural means, be sure to speak with your doctor about safely discontinuing them from your routine. Going off of prescription antidepressants suddenly can cause negative side effects. From a relationship perspective, passive aggression in the behavior can be the most difficult communication style to deal with as you are not quite sure what you are dealing with.
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