10 easy healing tips to help alleviate depression symptoms.
Although researching about this life stopping affliction is good to apprehend a better understanding, it doesn't help when you're suffering; all you really want is a way out of the hole you're in! You want to get back on track and get on with your life.
So here we are again; more likely than not, if you live in America and you go to your family doctor to tell him (if you can bring yourself to do it) that your depressed, he's going to give you a script some pills and that's suppose to make it all better right? - - - Wrong! If you're like me you will want a natural alternative to prescription drugs for depression (or anything for that matter) because you just don't want the side affects. This is what this post is all about. I strongly believe that many ailments are related to lifestyle choices we make. Not every disease, of course, but we do have control over some aspects of our well being. I've compiled a list 10 natural healing tips to help alleviate depression, some that have really helped me when I'm in one of my "moods" and some that I'm going to give a try. I hope they will help you as well.
- Make a Change: Sometimes you just need to snap out of whatever you're stuck in. It could be a simple thing or something very complex and you may need some objective point of view about your situation. If you're just feeling stuck in a rut it may just be time for a change. You may need to challenge yourself more than you've been doing. Perhaps there is something that you've been wanting to do that you have been putting off. It's time to make that change and you'll feel the better for it. You don't need to feel trapped in your situation. The fact that you're depressed could be a clear indication that you are actually ready for this new change or challenge. Even if you can't see where all the steps are, take the first step, then the next step will reveal itself. I've been reading a book by an amazing individual who has an incredible outlook on life. I don't actually think he started out to be this positive of a person, but there is something in his teaching that is revolutionary, I'm inclined to believe that he has suffered tremendously to obtain the type of insight into how change and thinking can help you keep your charge in life. He's written a book called "The Charge" and I highly, highly recommend it. His name is Brendon Burchard, here's his website: http://www.brendonburchard.com/
- Get More Sunshine: Are you a hermit? Do you work indoors all day sitting at a computer? No wonder you're feeling blue! Get out and get some sun woman (or man)! At a bear minimum you need at least 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight per day. If you are prone towards depression more sunlight, like several hours per day would be even better. If you're living in a climate where this may be hard to do turn on the brightest lights you have in the house. There is an actual name that is put on this type of syndrome it's called "Seasonal Affective Disorder" or SAD. They even have special lights that put out similar rays like the sun. Here's some I found on one of my favorite shopping sites Amazon: Seasonal Affective Disorder Lamp
- Bless Yourself: Depression can dig roots into your soul where you are stuck on thinking only of yourself. Not that you want it that way, but it just seems like you can't get away from this feeling that everything affects how you feel and your feelings affect everything you do, so you don't do anything, because it's just easier. This self absorption is very destructive and very hurtful to those around you, especially your loved ones who tend to get the brunt of your abuse when you are in this mode. It's vital to get out of this as quickly as possible.
- There is a simple solution to this, do something that is completely opposite. Purposely giving of your time and energy to someone else will put your focus on something other than yourself. There are plenty of places where you can volunteer your time, find a church organization or soup kitchen. Even if you have to force yourself (at first), once you begin to help someone else, your mood will improve. When you take this small step to do something for someone else, (even if you don't "feel" like it); if you reflect you'll notice how your mood is lighter and how you actually feel good about yourself. Why does this happen? The answer is rooted in a simple life lesson, "what you sow, you reap", "what goes around, comes around", "when you give - you will receive". As a matter of fact, it is "...more blessed to give than to receive...", so in fact when you purposely do something to help someone else, you are blessing yourself and this will always make you feel better!
- Create Endorphins: Get more exercise; of course this is so true yet so hard to do. But the endorphins that you will reap from getting out there and huffing and puffing will be worth it. You know it's true so even if you don't "feel" like it again, force yourself. Laugh as much as you can at good, happy pure things. Be careful for what you allow your eyes to see and ears to hear. Put good things into your spirit. My husband and I use to be part of a homeless ministry in our local church. We brought people from all kinds of places around town to be feed a good meal and also feed the Love of God. There was a specific group of folks we brought from this assisted living home. Some of them were clinically depressed and highly medicated. It was amazing to witness how being around a loving, uplifting environment helped these folks. I have such wonderful memories and I know it works.
- Forgiveness: Sadly many people are depressed because of some past hurt that they are harboring. Are you holding a grudge? Letting go of any grudges will free your spirit and will lighten your load. If you are prone to depression bitterness and unforgiveness will just weigh you down even more with guilt. And don't forget, you are on that list of people to forgive, you have to forgive yourself too, especially for being unable to deal with the situation you are temporarily in, (keep in mind, this is only temporary).
- Count Your Blessings: Some common symptoms of depression may be rooted in losing sight of all the good things in your life; you have no drive, you have no motivation you have lost interest in what you use to love. You feel hopeless, left out and forsaken. This is so untrue yet you can't help feeling this foreboding. How do you get this back? If possible go back in your mind to when and where this feeling first started. Retrace your steps? What thoughts triggered this onset? What were your feelings to a certain situation? What were you doing then? Are you able to go back that far? Whatever the case,it's time to start counting your blessings because even if you don't "feel" it, you have a lot to be thankful for!
- Change Your Diet: It's very obvious that diet has an affect on all kinds of things and it is probably even more true for depression as well. The importance of a healthy diet, rich in Omega 3's, good proteins, good carbs and lots of good vitamins and minerals can't be stressed enough. If you are prone to depression I would also recommend high quality supplementation on top of an excellent nutrient rich diet. Let's face it folks, if you're suffering from depression and you're eating junk you're definitely not helping your situation. If this sounds like you, it's time for a change. Head on over to this page to begin a detox, trust me, you'll be glad you did. http://www.24monthmiracle.com/1/post/2013/04/how-to-use-smoothies-to-begin-a-detox-lifestyle.html
- Change Your Stress Level: If your life is too stressful, your workload out of control it's no wonder you're depressed. You whole being is calling out for a change in your stress level. It's time to stop putting so much pressure on yourself. You were not meant to be super mom or super dad, this is just a label you put on yourself. You're meant to do your best and let God do the rest (I make no apologies for my reference to my faith, in fact this is one of my favorite new faith inspirations since it helps me to chill out!) You can only do so much; so lighten up.
- Get a Hormone Check: This is something that you probably can not do by yourself, but it's good to note that many depression symptoms could be triggered by a hormonal imbalance. Since more women suffer from depression it's likely that a hormonal imbalance could be the culprit. Of course a healthy diet will definite help here, so you will want to eliminate sugars, caffeine, alcohol, other junk and again incorporate as much nutrient rich organic foods into your diet as possible. Here's a few articles more on this subject: http://www.womentowomen.com/understandyourbody/symptoms/depressed.aspx http://www.bodylogicmd.com/for-women/hormones-and-depression
- Incorporate Healing Herbs: Some countries actually prescribe healing herbs instead of pharmaceutical drugs. Here's a short list of herbs that will help: Rhodiola extract (Rhodiola rosea),milky oats, cayenne,golden rod, St John's Wort.
So there you have it. I'm sure it's been said before but this has been weighing on my mind lately, in fact my own family - my parents, siblings and children all suffer from differing degrees of depression, including myself. I have been researching this topic for myself and my son who is also trying to find alternatives to the prescription drugs he's taking because of the side affects.
I know it must be said that although these tips may not work for everyone they may work for some. And of course in some instances where the depression type is more severe you will probably still need to be under the care of a doctor. This information in no way is meant as a cure for any disease but is hopefully helpful to some. The link to the right gives more information on the subject. God Bless and be blessed! Please leave comments and if you find this information helpful, please pass it on by sharing to your favorite networks often.