Depression is much more than feeling sad. Clinical depression is a mood disorder that affects both physical and mental health. The cause of depression can be genetic, a stressful event, or no specific reason. There are many types of depression, such as major depression, dysthymia, perinatal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.
Major depression also includes minor depression. It has five or more symptoms. These symptoms include, sadness, isolation, impaired concentration, loss or weight gain, self-hatred, loss of interest in activities, suicidal thoughts, and more. People with severe major depression may also suffer from psychotic symptoms.
For those suffering from one type of depression or the other, there are natural remedies easy to try. If you decide to take a supplement, consult your doctor to make sure that it will not cause any bad interaction with your current medication.
Here are 13 natural remedies that you can test to treat depression.
If you are depressed, the people around you can greatly benefit you. Entrust your feelings to someone in your entourage who is listening to you. If you do not have relatives, attend group therapy sessions for depressives. Consult your doctor for more information.
- Establish a routine
Routines are important for people with depression. Keep them simple and flexible, but make sure you carry out all your tasks of the day. Get up at the same time, eat at regular hours, and go to bed at a normal time. Make sure you keep time to do something new so you do not get bogged down in your routine.
- Give yourself goals
Give yourself small goals to accomplish. They can be simple as you get up and prepare your breakfast before noon. Write down your goals and give them a deadline. Make sure they are easily achievable. Give yourself a reward after each goal accomplished.
- Take small responsibilities
Small responsibilities are important for depressed individuals. Great responsibilities can be overwhelming, so start small with things like walking the dog or writing a blog. Do not force yourself to do something because you will feel it. Enjoy your action and have fun.
- Have fun
One of the hardest things to do when you are depressed is to have fun. You start to avoid events, just because you think you’re not going to have fun. It is very important to continue going out and participating in events that you have enjoyed before.
Meditation can have a significant impact on depression. You do not need to sit in lotus position to meditate. If you have problems to fall asleep, you can meditate in your bed. Concentrate on your breathing and erase all the thoughts of your mind. You should be in a peaceful state.
- Eat whole foods
Diet can play an important role in our mental well-being and emotions. Avoid junk food and high-sugar foods. They can give you a hypoglycemic crisis after their consumption, which does not improve your condition. Consume whole foods that slowly digest, and balance your blood sugar. A good tip is to consume only foods that do not have mascots on the packaging.
SAM, also called S-adenosylmethionine, is a naturally occurring chemical in the body. It creates compounds that reduce pain, depression, and sadness. It can be found in pharmacies without or with a prescription. It can so improve the mood that it can cause a mania, so do not use this remedy if you suffer from bipolar disorder.
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- Stop alcohol
Alcohol is a natural depressant, so stop consuming it immediately. Alcohol use may be the only cause of depression. If you think that alcohol causes your depression, see a doctor and seek treatment via group therapies.
- Sleep well
People with depression can have difficulty falling asleep, or can sleep too much. Poor sleep patterns can aggravate the symptoms of depression, so it is important to quickly have a proper sleep schedule. Awakening awakenings are a good way to wake up naturally. Many types of sleeping pills are available in pharmacies, but check with your doctor first.
Yoga teaches you not only stretching techniques, but how to connect to your body. Some yoga teachers are specialized in courses for people suffering from mood disorders. Let your yoga teacher know that you are suffering from depression and he/she will help you with specific movements.
- Exercise yourself
Exercise releases dopamine, which floods the brain with positive emotions. Dopamine helps fight stress, anxiety, and depression. It may be difficult to force you to exercise, but once you get there, you will feel good. Test the therapeutic effect of exercise!
Some research has found that taking Omega-3 supplements with antidepressants has better results than antidepressants taken alone. People with depression would have lower levels of Omega-3 and countries that consume a lot of fish have a lower rate of depression. Take your Omega-3 capsules or eat fatty fish twice a week like salmon.