Living with Chronic Pain
Ten 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.
Easing into a daily routine creates structure which combats depression.
Reaching goals (no matter how small) creates a sense of accomplishment.
Exercise releases endorphins (“feel good” chemicals) and increases blood flow which helps “rewire” the brain.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish promotes overall physical and mental health.
Sleep not only restores the body but also the mind. Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
Keeping up with responsibilities refocuses the mind on other things rather than feelings of depression.
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.
Experiencing new things releases pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain. It may break the cycle of depression if only for a short time.
Doing things once enjoyed reminds the brain of happier times. It may seem burdensome at first, but eventually, enjoyable activities will become fun again.