The other day, I was at the Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas. For more than seventy years this dam has provided power for Las Vegas, and the states of Nevada and California. So what is the connection between the Hoover Dam and finding a natural cure for depression?
Depression and energy go hand in hand. When I was depressed I had no energy for anything. I could barely get anything done. I would sit on the couch and channel surf for hours, and not be able to get myself up. I didn’t even have the energy to think about things.
One of the key ingredients to beating depression involves energy. Actually, finding a natural depression cure depends upon it. You have got to get your energy back. The problem is that when you are depressed you are actually suppressing and depressing your emotions and feelings. You may not be aware of it, but you use a lot of energy just keeping those things in check.
The Hoover Dam generates energy through this huge body of water. Your body is similar in its use of water. You probably know that your body is made up of more than 80% water but did you know that when your body doesn’t get enough water, it loses energy? It goes into a kind of shock from the dehydration because it’s a threat to its survival. This happens especially in the morning after you have been asleep 6-8 hours straight.
What you may do when you first get up is reach for a cup of coffee. Coffee is part of our culture’s morning routine and habit. What you may not realize is that by drinking coffee, you are actually reducing the amount of water in your body, because coffee is a diuretic. Have you ever noticed that it leaves you feeling more thirsty? That’s because you need to replenish the water in your system.
Part of the whole thing with depression is that it is also a habit. It is a ritual of things that you do, think, and feel that keeps you doing the same thing over and over again. These habitual patterns are what give you the same results you now have. They are one of the reasons why you are depressed.
One of the natural cures for depression that I learned was to create new habits. I started out with small habits that later, over time, made a huge difference. By just doing one small simple thing, you can begin to stop depression. And drinking more water will help you body avoid the shock o feeling dehydrated.
One new habit you can try right now to increase your energy level is to drink an 8-10 ounce glass of water next as soon as you wake up in the morning. That’s it. And do that every day. If you forget it at night, get up, go down to the kitchen, and get a glass of water. It is not a big deal. The important thing is to actually do it and to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. If you are dehydrated, you cannot think clearly, you don’t have energy and it can feel like depression. Make a habit of drinking 8 -10 glasses of water a day. Your body will thank you for it!