Depression is an emotional state that can affect a person both physically and psychologically, depending on the severity of the depression. Some people suffer from moments of depression, due to a problem with their partner, the loss of a family member, economic problems, stress or worry, among other things. This type of depression is usually relatively simple to treat and it only occurs occasionally due to a crisis. However, there are people who suffer from chronic depression, which can affect their health and diminish their quality of life. In this case, the depression should be treated by a specialist because if it is not treated properly it can trigger even greater problems.
Nowadays depression seems to be a worldwide epidemic due to the modern stressful way of life. Thankfully, there exist a variety of suggestions and tips that can help to combat depression naturally, in order to not have to take pills or medicine that can generate dependency.
Regular exercise can become one of the best natural remedies to fight and prevent depression. There are different forms of exercise and whichever you choose will give you many benefits: yoga, aerobics, weight lifting, running, swimming…
You should not do intense exercise right from the beginning. It is better to begin lightly and then little by little over time increase the intensity. It is ideal to do at least one half hour of exercise each day or even a little more. If you want to increase its effectiveness at combating depression try to do your exercises outdoors.
Our diet plays a very important role in fighting and preventing the crisis of depression. If things are not going well in your life, add more vitamin B and calcium to your diet and eliminate foods that are high in refined carbohydrates and sugar.
Many types of herbs have relaxing and soothing properties that can help to fight depression. Among the herbs recommended are, for example, St. John’s wort, which is one of the most effective for coping with depression.
Other herbs and plants which are known for their ability to fight depression and anxiety are:
- Whole oats
Get some fresh air
Being in contact with nature when you are depressed can be a wonderful therapy to help you feel better. It is ideal to go for a walk and especially in natural areas for at least 30 minutes. You can go walking with your dog, walk in a natural park, go to the river or ride a bike, among other outdoor activities.
Get enough rest
Another key to winning the battle against depression is to sleep for at least 7 hours each night, without interruption, in order for the body to recoup and repair. A good rest will improve your mood, will help you be more flexible and will significantly lessen the depression.
Do activities that will generate pleasure
Not everything in life should be work, obligations and household chores. It is very important to buy out time for yourself and do activities that bring you pleasure. Go on vacation, go shopping, spend time with your family, go out with friends, go to an amusement park, among other activities, can become life a wonderful therapy against depression and stress.
Keep your hands busy
Keeping your hands busy in something can act as a good therapy to fight depression. The ideal is to be creative with your hands and do something that highlights different qualities. For example, you can do some type of craft, cook for your family, sew, bake, write, take photos or paint, among others.
Write down your feelings
If you prefer not to share your anguish with others and it is difficult for you to express your feelings, a good therapy to fight depression is by means of writing or drawing. Translating your thoughts and feelings to paper can be a way of venting and reflecting.
Call a friend
If you are one of those lucky people that have a good friend that is always ready to help you in every moment of your life, try calling him or her each time you feel depressed. It’s true that it is not always comfortable to say how you feel when you are depressed, but the suggestions from a friend and knowing that your friend will support you, can help you overcome this crisis.