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Natural Ways to Combat Depression

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depressionNatural methods are appearing to fight with depression as effectively as antidepressants.

Feeling sad once in a while is normal but persistent preoccupation with sadness for an extended period can turn out as depression. Depression, a common mental illness owns a negative impact on a body. Persistent feeling of worthlessness, lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, poor motivation, decreased concentration, fatigue, sleeping difficulty, weight loss or gain all are unhealthy and interferes with quality of life.

Medical intervention is not always a good option to manage depression as it may associate with side-effects, poor tolerance and further dependency. However, some lifestyle changes and home remedies assist to resolve this issue to a great extent. Expert suggest that in many cases, natural methods act as effective therapies just like drug therapies to get relief from the symptoms of depression.

Get some exercise

As per mayo clinic, exercise is one of the best ways to deal with depression because  

  • Exercise release's endorphin, a feel-good  factor which enhances mood
  • Reduce depression worsening immune system chemicals
  • Help to get confidence, get off worries from mind, and is a chance for social interaction

Walking, jogging, swimming, and aerobics are not only good for body but also for mind.

Enrich your diet
Enriching your diet with vitamins and minerals is a natural and effective way to fight with depression.

  • B-Vitamins

Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a major role in synthesizing brain chemicals, which affect mood and brain functions. Low level of vitamin B poses a threat for depressive symptoms documents mayo clinic.
Meat, fish, poultry, eggs and milk are good sources of vitamin B.

  • Magnesium

Magnesium is required for normal neuronal functioning. Magnesium deficiency leads to neuronal damage and manifest depressive symptoms as per study published on Journal Medical Hypothesis.
Legumes, nuts, whole-grains and green vegetables are good sources of magnesium.

Enjoy your hobby
“Empty mind is the devil’s workshop” likewise, doing nothing precipitate negative thoughts and enhance depression. Hence always engage yourself in some creative activity. Encourage yourself to adopt a good habit such as reading, writing, gardening, listening to enjoyable music or just going for outing.
As a hobby has no deadlines or obligation, help to distract your mind from negative feeling or sadness.

Gardening-Permaculture College Australia reports that gardening makes you happy and cures depression. Gardening in organic soil; a soil without herbicidal treatment triggers the production of happy chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that help to keep the depression at the bay.

Try to socialize
Isolation and depression often go together. Negative feelings cause social distraction, and social isolation makes depression worse. Build a good network with family, friends, and colleague and stay in constant touch with them. Now a day’s it’s easy to stay in connected through various social media. Expressing your emotions with them can offer you good solution to solve your problem.

Joining support groups is another way to share your thoughts with people passing through similar tragedy.

Pen down your thoughts
Write down whatever the thoughts stuck to your mind weather positive or negative. Writing is a natural way to express feelings and emotions arise during depressive process and a good option if you want to keep your thoughts private.

Relax with yoga
Yoga appears as a cost-effective, easy to implement and promising intervention for depression- reports Pubmed. Different yogic asanas, breathing techniques and meditation relax body and mind. Relax body help to produce beneficial emotional, psychological and biological effects and control depression and anger.

Seek natural remedies

  • St.John’s Wort

Natural health practitioners believe that St.John’s Wort, an herb, is effective in alleviating the depressive symptoms. National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM) suggests the use of this herb in mild to moderate depression only. It is available in the form of capsules, tablets, teas, liquid extracts or tincture.

  • Omega-3-fatty acid

Omega-3-fatty acid, an essential fatty acid offers a new hope to manage depression. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two critical omega 3-fatty acid optimize the brain functioning and provide antidepressant benefits, according to news release by PR Newswire.  
Adding fatty fish such as tuna and salmon and flaxseeds or walnuts will help you to meet omega-3-fatty acid requirement by the body.

  • SAMe

S-adenosylmethionine, commonly known as SAMe, is a naturally occurring molecule claim to treat depressive symptoms.
According to the Agency for Healthcare research and Quality, SAMe leads to improvement in depressive symptoms. This effect may attribute to increase availability of dopamine and serotonin, mood regulating neurotransmitter.

Take the advantage of such natural ways to cure mild to moderate depression. For severe depressive symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, please consult your doctor.



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