There are many reasons why you might not want to take traditional medication and opt instead for alternative treatments for depression. You may have other health concerns that do not make it possible. You may not like the antidepressants side effects or how they make you feel, or the fact that the meds are addictive and the side effects can be life threatening, Or you may just prefer to overcome depression naturally whenever possible. Regardless of the reason, alternative treatments for depression are available. It all comes down to what you do, what you eat, and your daily habits. Especially the inner habits. You may be doing things that make you depressed.
Research on exercise has demonstrated that ten months of regular, moderate exercise outperformed a leading antidepressant (Zoloft) in easing depression in adults. Thirty minute aerobic workouts done three to five times a week cut depression symptoms by 50 percent in the same population.
When we exercise, the brain releases endorphins that give us our sense of well-being. You’ve probably been told to “get some fresh air.” This actually works, but it isn’t necessarily the fresh air that you are breathing that is making you feel better — it is the act of breathing. You may also feel better while or after being outdoors, because sunshine increases the amount of serotonin released in the brain.
Note that exercise can make you feel better, and I highly recommend you to move your body because that’s what it was designed to do. However, exercise alone won’t change the constant stream of negative thoughts that often pull you down into the abyss. So mindfulness of those thoughts is also vital. Click on the link for more information on how to become mindful of the thoughts that cause depression.
Eating right is also important for numerous reasons, but you can eat certain foods that make you feel better. Chocolate is one of my favorites. If you are like me and are a chocolate lover, just eat dark chocolate. It has many health benefits. 🙂
The idea is not to give up everything. The idea is to begin modifying your diet to include healthier and less processed foods.
The most important diet considerations are fresh real fruits and vegetables. This will increase the amount of energy your body needs to for optimal well-being. Think of it as “eating sunshine.”
But in addition to eating healthy and exercising, it’s vital that your thoughts, emotions and physiology don’t make you depressed. This can happen because of beliefs, past experiences, habitual negative or pessimistic thinking and staying stuck in past hurts that you have not released.
Learn about the top mistakes that were making and keeping me depressed, how to stop making them and how to overcome depression naturally.