6 Natural Ways to Fight Depression
Depression can affect people of all ages and walks of life. Often it’s necessary to combat it with a physician’s help, but there are also some things you can do to naturally boost your mood and reduce the problems that depression can cause. Keep reading to find out about some natural ways to fight depression that you can try today.
1. Don’t Blame Yourself for Setbacks
Getting through a bad bout of depression is a complex and sometimes lengthy process. You can’t realistically hope to wake up and feel better overnight, but you also shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if it feels like you’ve hit a plateau with your progress.
Keep in mind that although you may be able to control how you respond to depression, some of the symptoms may be due to biological imbalances you can’t influence directly. Rather than getting angry with yourself over perceived slow progress, change your perspective by making a list of everything you’re doing to help yourself recover from depression.
2. Manage Stress with Meditation
Stress is likely to worsen the symptoms of depression, or even be the trigger that causes you to feel depressed. Fortunately, meditation is a great way to cope with stress. It takes time to learn how to do it, but the benefits include more clarity of mind, reduced heart and respiration rate and improved creativity.
In addition to helping you handle depression on a short-term basis, meditation has also been shown to have long-term health effects, so it may cause you to feel depressed less often.
3. Get Enough Sleep
There’s no magic number for how many hours of sleep you should get if you’re battling depression. However, experts usually recommend depressed people not only get a sufficient amount of sleep, but also try to keep a regular routine for slumbering.
Depression can take a lot out of you, physically, mentally and emotionally. Recharge your batteries by letting your body get the sleep it needs to help you cope with the challenges.
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4. Spend Some Time in the Sun
Experts say sunlight helps you feel happier when you wake up, and also offers a mood-boosting effect that lasts all day. Get in the habit of opening the blinds in your bedroom every morning to help you transition from sleep to wakefulness. Spending some time outside should help, too. Just make sure to protect your skin by applying sunscreen first.
5. Listen to Songs With Positive Lyrics
Have you ever noticed how some songs get caught in your head all day and make you sing the lyrics without even realizing it? Music can have a powerful effect on mood. If you’re struggling with depression, it’s smart to make sure your playlists only contain songs that’ll lift you up instead of bring you down.
Song lyrics are also great for profiling the deep emotions that make up the human experience. By listening to relatable songs, you could begin to understand that even though your situation seems bleak right now, it’ll get better, especially if the songs you listen to discuss hard times that eventually improved.
6. Confide in a Friend
Depression tends to spiral out of control when people feel they don’t have anyone they can talk to. You may feel embarrassed about bringing up sensitive issues when talking to a friend.
However, if you think back about the things that have characterized your relationship over the years, there’s a good chance your friend has relied on you to get through tough times, too. A good friendship is one in which both parties feel supported in times of need.
Although it may feel like you’re the only person on Earth who’s trying to overcome depression, you’re not alone. In fact, 10 percent of adults battle depression, and some are affected so severely they receive government benefits because the depression makes them unable to maintain employment.
No matter how depression impacts your life, hopefully these natural ways to fight depression will help support you when you’re feeling down, in addition to some professional advice and counseling.
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