Bouts of slight or mild depression are very normal. Everyone experiences times when they feel sad, low or miserable. Dealing with depression is easier if you can recognize the causes and symptoms. You will then be able to implement natural depression solutions.
Some triggers that lead to these ‘off color’ and low moods are financial worries and relationship problems. If you know that you have these types of problems and are feeling low, but have been experiencing them consistently for more than a few months you may start to wonder “Am I depressed?”
By asking yourself that question, you may be able to identify depression before it becomes severe and a much more difficult problem. Early recognition will allow you to implement natural depression solutions that deal with the causes holistically.
Such episodes are infrequent and temporary. Generally they do not last long. However, it is important to know when you need to take more notice of these feelings and to seek help to resolve them. It is also a good idea to know what natural depression solutions are available to you.
What should you look for to know when to seek more help? Remember that you can continue to use natural methods to ease your depression symptoms continuously. Natural depression solutions will not harm your health.
If the low mood lasts longer than a two months then there is obviously an issue that needs to be resolved. Talking to your partner, close friend or your doctor is one way to get help. But be wary of taking meds as scientists at Harvard Medical School have proven that they do not work for mild or moderate depression, and can cause more harm than good.
Depression can manifest in physical symptoms such as aches and pains, fatigue, poor appetite and inability to sleep. Having a record of your symptoms is always a good idea. You can take it to your doctor who will be able to check that there is not an underlying physical problem that requires treatment. Your doctor will be able to use your list in conjunction with a physical examination.
Knowing that there is not a physical health problem can be very reassuring in itself. Keeping a journal and learning relaxation techniques can help you resolve some of these issues. Meditation can also give you the self awareness to identify the problems that are troubling you. Once you can recognize any triggers you can begin to work through them.
If you find that you are becoming more depressed, feel isolated and cannot raise your spirits, then it is definitely time to find out what the cause may be. Negative beliefs about yourself, including victim beliefs, are one of the causes of depression in my experience.
Remember to spend time each day relaxing. Try to find time to do something that you enjoy and that will help you concentrate on something that is not causing you stress or anxiety.
Speak to your family and close friends. They may be able to help you identify or resolve issues that are causing you stress and anxiety.
If you feel that you cannot talk to family or close friends then try and find a support group, although often these do not offer solutions. A depression self help program can teach you the skills to beat depression depression now without having to rely on someone to “fix you”. Moreover, when you learn these skills, you can use them for the rest of your life to deal with any future depression episodes.