Fighting Depression Naturally

Depression is a mental health condition that is very rampant nowadays. Everyone who is suffering from depression is advised to seek medical consultation. The usual treatment for depression is through a variety of therapies together with the right prescriptions. These medicines are usually prescribed to treat the negative symptoms of depression, however, these medicines have side effects as well.

Below are some helpful natural ways to battle off depression.

Happy Food

There are actually foods high in serotonin, or the brain chemical responsible for making you happy:

• Walnuts
• Kiwi
• Bananas
• sour cherries
• pineapple
• tomatoes
• plums

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Foods that are high in tryptophan allow your body to convert them into serotonin which as you know is a mood booster:

• turkey
• fish
• chicken
• cottage
• cheese
• nuts
• cheese
• eggs
• beans

High carbohydrate foods also help tryptophan to flood in your brain to increase serotonin. Whole wheat grains are a good option for a high carb diet.
A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acid help fight off depression as well:

• salmon
• mackerel
• flaxseeds
• walnuts
• soybeans
• kidney beans
• black beans

Take your vitamins

There was a study conducted that shows regular intake of 600 mg of chromium picolinate a day can boost your mood and decrease other symptoms associated with depression.

400 mcg of folate as well may help in your depression

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Smile

Every morning try to look in the mirror and force yourself to smile, it can actually lift your mood.

Try to sleep in a different bedroom

Most people with depression are also insomniac. A study says that changing your sleep location can actually help you sleep better. Try also to wake up at the same time every day and don’t take a nap during day time. Try to do some relaxing techniques before you go to bed such as drinking chamomile tea and doing some breathing exercises.

Make a different routine
Sometimes continuing your regular daily routine can get pretty boring. Why not try a different route on your way home, or just go on an unplanned weekend travel. Try a new restaurant that you have never been to. Change your regular styling in clothing. Just do something that you do not regularly do, it will lift up your mood. Try it!

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Get out

Natural sunlight has been proven to boost your mood. That is why during winter, most people feel more depressed than usual. Take a 10-minute walk outside or in the park every day. Do this as often as you like.

Exercise

Countless studies have proven that regular exercise really has tremendous health benefits. One of these is that it naturally increases the levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin which is the so called “feel good hormone”. Regular exercise can keep the level of serotonin at a good level to fight off depression. Find an exercise regimen that you will enjoy and will work for you. Maybe you can enroll at the new gym in your place, try yoga, hiking, biking, running, dance class etc. Let the natural sunlight of nature and exercise help you.

Realizations About Life After Losing My Dad At 15

When I was a kid, I thought death only comes to those who are old and sick. My dad wasn’t any of those. He was young (46 years old when he passed away) and was generally healthy. Although, he has maintenance medicines to keep him going. He was a big man whom by looks alone demands attention and dictates authority. How could he just be beaten by his first cardiac arrest? I don’t know. I had just seen him that morning before he took a shower, I didn’t know it would be the last.

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Remembering A Brother On His Birthday

 

 

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Missing My Brother

My brother will be turning 42 tomorrow – if he would have been alive to witness his birthday. Oh, how he loved celebrating his birthdays. He would be ecstatic when there were family gatherings and parties, especially his own. When everyone was complete, including his long lost friends, he would wear his dashing smile all night.

And food – too much food – was one of his weaknesses. He would eat breakfast three times – once in their house, another at my mom and dad’s, and third at mine. That’s why despite the drug addiction that he was into and the many problems he had, he never looked like someone who was broken inside.

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How To Prepare Yourself for the Death of a Terminally-ill Loved One

If there’s one thing you and I have in common, it’s the fact that we all have experienced a death of a loved one/relative/friend or know someone who has been in that situation and lost a family member/friend/etc. Death is an inevitable part of life that we would all have to face at some point. But the silly thing is, no matter how much we understand and know that it would hit us or someone we know, we all still get surprised when it happens.

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How Traveling Helps You Grieve

In the movie ‘Wild’, the main character Cheryl Strayed hiked 1,100 miles of the Pacific West Trail as her own way to cope with the loss of her mother. This experience had made a huge impact on her healing process. While hiking a 2,650-mile long terrain may seem a bit over the top, traveling may help you cope with your loss in the way Cheryl Strayed’s hiking trip did to her.

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