There are several ways for depression treatment along with therapy and medication. If you don’t need medication or you really reached a level when you want to help yourself and cope with depression here are some natural ways for doing that. Remember you are not alone in this process and there is a lot you can do to fight back and win the battle. And remember these are all natural depression treatments which can help you not only with depression itself but with your overall health and lifestyle.
What is depression?
Depression comes from the Latin word de primere that means pressing down. I would say that depression is the opposite of aggression, because a depressed person avoids being connected, is withdrawn from his own feelings and the environment. Depression is not a weakness or a personality trait. Depression is a mental disorder, disruption of mental and physical functioning. The most asked question probably is what is depression? When we speak about mental disorders it’s very hard to give a precise definition.
Depression is a condition that occurs for various reasons and it is very important to identify where it began. Usually, it is a matter of changes in brain chemistry and occurring changes in hormonal levels, often after grief, stress and/or significant life changes.
Depression is a common mood disorder that can occur in every one of us, regardless of age and gender. Unfortunately, the number of cases of depression increases, but fortunately, the ways of dealing with her and the awareness of its existence are increasing too.
It is nice to know that you are not alone if you are diagnosed with depression. Along with psychotherapy and medication, if needed, there are some natural ways you can cope with depression.
Remember you are not alone in this process and there is a lot you can do to fight back and win the battle. And remember these are all natural depression treatments which can help you not only with depression itself but with your overall health and lifestyle.
What to do if you are depressed?
It is very important to consult with your doctor about treatments etc. I think that psychotherapy is a must, just to stay in contact with yourself and your feelings.
DO NOT ISOLATE YOURSELF
Staying in contact with your loved ones, parents, friends and co-workers is one of the best things you can do for depression. Avoiding contact will just make you feel worse. But avoid people that don’t make you feel good about yourself and people that often judge and criticize. This is not the right time to be in a company with negative people. Choose wisely.
For me, psychotherapy is a must and if you don’t have the finances you can always search for free counseling or therapy somewhere in the place where you live. Talking with someone about your condition even your close friends is good for you and there is nothing to feel ashamed. Psychotherapy will change you a lot and believe me people will start to notice those changes.
Talk to your loved ones about your condition. There is nothing to feel ashamed. This will not change your condition but it is good to talk with someone close to you about your feelings, treatment, etc. Reaching out for help and support is the first step in treating depression. Also, you may never know, but you can help someone else just by talking. If you have a life partner, it’s good to talk with him about everything. This will help him to understand you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep!!! 8 hours of sleep, no more, no less. Make some changes in your lifestyle. Try to go early in bed at night and wake up in the morning to catch the sun. Waking up early is great for you even if you don’t work. Also, try to get up at the same time each morning. This will help you fight insomnia which is common in depression and also oversleeping. Don’t get distracted by your phone or the TV.
Eat plenty of fruit and veggies. Don’t eat too much, but cook your favorite dishes and go to your favorite restaurants. A balanced diet is very important. Don’t forget to avoid alcohol! Alcohol will make you feel worse about yourself and If you take medications than it is dangerous for your health.
Maybe you won’t have the energy to go to the gym, but you can go for a long walk in the park. It’s also good to find a friend for support. If you can’t afford to go to the gym, you can also exercise at home. Make sure to start slow. Exercising is good for your body and your hormones and has long-term benefits. Few times a week is enough. This will also make you feel good about your body too.
Make sure you are well-organized. This doesn’t mean to be a control freak, but to have a simple day plan just to be sure you won’t forget something important. Also, bear in mind that it is not the end of the world if you don’t stick to the plan because there are some things that we can’t control, so relax and don’t worry, you will have plenty of time tomorrow to finish the work. If you want some ideas for a DIY personal planner, here are some free printables planners and to-do list. Organizing is a method to deal with stress and anxiety too so make sure to find a good way to organize your daily life.
WRITE A DIARY
Writing about the things that you are experiencing and your feelings in a diary is a very helpful stress relief technique and also a great depression treatment. Your diary will be your safe place especially if you think there are some feelings and things you can’t express or tell anyone else. You can add photos, songs, dreams, feelings, to-do list, places you want to visit, worries, “unsent” letters to someone, forbidden wishes etc.
Just make sure no one knows about your diary and put it in a safe place. Your diary will be a place where you can work on your problems, to fight with your feelings, to express them in a creative and honest way and to find a solution to your problem. This is the only place where you can be completely honest and not worry about being judged. Also, make sure to read it after a while. This will help you to understand yourself better and also to be proud. You will be surprised when you read it after a while. I also write a diary when I am very sad or stressed.
MAKE CHANGES IN YOUR HOME/OFFICE
Having a relaxing and beautiful environment helps reduce stress and helps with fighting depression. There are a lot of creative ways to make your home or office relaxing. First of all, make sure you surround yourself with colors that lift your spirits. Find a picture or a view and look at it for a while. If you can’t find a beautiful view, then just close your eyes and picture a place that feels relaxing. Also, make sure you wear comfortable and soft clothes. I love blankets. I always have a few warm blankets on my bed and I wrap myself while drinking tea, reading a book or just napping. Also, a fresh smelling environment helps with stress. So light a candle, smell fresh flowers or just spritz on your favorite perfume.
Most of these depression treatments are about change in your lifestyle. When I say change, I think to have fun and treat yourself with stuff you like. This is not a good time to think about money, savings, problems etc. Give yourself some time to process and treat yourself. Go to the hair salon and make a new hairstyle that will suit you and make you feel prettier. Don’t forget to make manicure and pedicure and if you can’t afford it in the salon, find some articles which will help you to do it yourself at home.
I hope these 10 Natural Depression Treatments will help you to fight with depression. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about fighting depression.