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10 Natural Remedies for Depression
Depression often causes feelings of helplessness. In addition to therapy and medication, many natural remedies are also helpful in combating depression.
Natural Depression Remedies
1. Maintain a daily routine
Easing into a daily routine creates structure which combats depression.
2. Set attainable goals
Reaching goals (no matter how small) creates a sense of accomplishment.
3. Exercise regularly
Exercise releases endorphins (“feel good” chemicals) and increases blood flow which helps “rewire” the brain.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish promotes overall physical and mental health.
5. Get ample sleep
Sleep not only restores the body but also the mind. Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
6. Manage responsibilities
Keeping up with responsibilities refocuses the mind on other things rather than feelings of depression.
7. Replace negative thoughts
Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts eventually becomes a habit that aids in overall mood.
It is important to talk with a health care provider about adding natural supplements to any diet as they may interact with current medications.
9. Plan new experiences
Experiencing new things releases pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain. It may break the cycle of depression if only for a short time.
10. Make time for enjoyable activities
Doing things once enjoyed reminds the brain of happier times. It may seem burdensome at first, but eventually, enjoyable activities will become fun again.