You probably think you are the only one suffering from depression but that is not true. You are NOT alone!! Being depressed makes you feel helpless, lonely, suicidal and few other things which only you might understand but thats okay because there are many ways to get over depression without medication. We don’t mean to say medication is bad, Medication is just a part of the therapy and most of the work should be done by you to get over it.
Here’s a look at some of the best natural ways to beat depression :
1. Exercise or Meditate.
Not necessary you have to hit the gym or yoga classes. Just walking a few times a week or meditating for a while everyday can lift your mood, in addition to a whole host of other health benefits. This will temporarily boost feel-good chemicals called endorphins which will have long-term benefits for people with depression.
2. Eat healthy.
Watch what you eat. Usually people suffering from depression tend to overeat or not eat at all, if you control your diet it will help you feel better. Include serotonin-enhancing diet like food with omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and tuna) and folic acid (such as spinach and avocado) could help ease depression and avoid processed food.
3. Expose yourself to sunlight.
Sunlight can boost mood and increase Vitamin D levels in your body. A study has proved that people with depression also had low vitamin D levels. As the researchers believe that vitamin D is important for brain function and lack of vitamin D can cause depression and other mental illness. An earlier 2005 study identified vitamin D receptors in the same areas of the brain associated with depression.
4. Analyze why you might feel depressed.
Most of you might not even know why you are depressed, it’s better when you analyze what is causing you the depression.Be honest with yourself about what might be the problem in your life and make an effort to get to the root of why you might be feeling depressed.
5. Keep yourself busy.
Push yourself to do something new or interesting. Challenging ourselves to do something new alters the level of dopamine which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning.
6. Don’t compare yourself with anyone else.
It is unnecessary and its a waste of time and energy. Remember that every one has their own issues to deal with. Live your life and do not try to live others life. They might have what you don’t and you might have what they don’t.Focus on yourself, your own betterment, and your own life. Don’t obsess about other people.
7. Take responsibilities or set goals.
You might feel like you can’t accomplish anything which will make you feel worse about yourself. Take responsibilities or set goals which you know can achieve, when you achieve such goals you will feel good about yourself which is very important to get over depression.
8. Get enough sleep.
Don’t stress yourself too much. Depression can lead to sleepless nights and lazy mornings, this might bother your daily lifestyle. Try taking all the distraction out of your bedroom (like TV, Mobile, Computer) Go to sleep early and wake up early, make this a routine and you’ll eventually get used to it.
9. Talk it out or write it down.
The best way to get over depression is speaking about it to someone you trust, a friend or a psychiatrist. Express what you feel and how it is changing your lifestyle. Even if they don’t seem to understand they will definitely help you or you can even write it down in a personal journal.This will make a huge difference once you get it out of your system.
10. Fight negative thoughts.
This isn’t easy but you can master at it with practice. You should learn to change your negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Think logically, for example You might think nobody likes you, but is there real evidence for that? If you can control your mind getting out of depression is not so far away.