Depression is a state of mood characterized by negative effects in our life that continue to spiral, depression can be reflected in one’s physical, emotional and mental well-being. The onset of depression can be marked by an array of causes; perhaps you have reached a hiccup in a relationship with your significant other, or perhaps you are undergoing the loss of a loved one.
What was once the focus of intrigue and marvel in life may quickly and abruptly lose its enticing properties for the depressed individual.
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
1. You can’t sleep or you sleep too much
2. You can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
3. You feel hopeless and helpless
4. You can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
5. You have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
6. You are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
7. You’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behaviour
8. You have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)
7 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally
1) Exercise on a regular basis, I highly recommend it. There are so many different forms of exercise (Yoga, walking, tai-chi, weight lifting) begin slowly. Begin outside if you can, fresh air is the surest way to get the blood flowing and change-up your energy. Even if it’s as little as 20 minutes a day to start, you will notice you feel better instantly.
2) Diet rich in vitamins and minerals, healthy foods, vitamin B and calcium. Cut out refined carbohydrates, fried foods and avoid sugar at all costs. Make sure you speak to your doctor about getting the proper DHA’s and probiotics into your diet for a healthy mind and gut.
3) Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it when exposed to sunlight. Ask your doctor to check and see if you are low in vitamin D. People often feel better when they take vitamin D especially in the winter months.
4) Herbal Supplements contain many medicinal powers and can heal a variety of ailments. Seek out a great naturopathic doctor to discuss homeopathic remedies, vitamins, acupuncture, cupping and getting to the route of the issue by releasing toxins from the body.
5) Get enough sleep and notice when your sleep is being disturbed by your mood. The best thing to do is create a routine and stick to it everyday. Take a Epsom salt bath to sooth and relax you, reduce TV and all stimulants.
6) Talk it out with a therapist, counselor, friend or mentor. Depression is not the cause of hopelessness and extreme sadness — it is a symptom. If there is a specific problem you are having that is causing these feeling…face it, come up with a plan. Do not allow your problems to go unanswered. Hope can be found in moving, step by step toward addressing our issues.
7) Be of service to someone else in need. Often when we take the focus off ourselves and help another we stop running circles in our minds and we tend to feel better.
Most important of all, have hope and faith that “this too shall pass” and you do deserve to live a happy life.