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4 Natural Ways to Combat Depression

Elizabeth Howard

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Depression

No matter the source of your depression, understanding that you can have an impact on the quality of your life despite your condition is critical. Yes, you face a terrible burden and may well be carrying a greater load than those around you. However, it is still possible to make changes and alter your trajectory from down to a level path before you climb out of your current condition.

Use a Timer

A timer is a bit like math; there’s no judgment to it, two-plus-two is just four. If you’re really struggling with day to day tasks, use a timer. If you like a cup of coffee in the morning, prepare it and allow yourself some time in your favorite chair, but set a timer for a short period in which you do nothing but enjoy your coffee. When the timer goes off, you need to do the next task.

Working with a timer can allow you to set goals for each day and structure your activities. Make a simple list of what you know you need to do today. When you finish a task, prepare a cool glass of water or a cup of tea. Set your timer for five minutes and celebrate completing your task while you raise your chin to face the next activity.

Finally, make sure you set a quitting time. There are a lot of folks feeling overwhelmed because they are overwhelmed. Choose a point in the day when you’re just done and lay down, stretch out, watch a movie, or whatever you like to do to escape.

Look for the Underlying Cause

Do you have a family history of depression? Previous generations often didn’t discuss mental illness, so your history may be spotty. However, if you have a family member who seems to have struggled during menopause or puberty, a homeopathic treatment for depression can address underlying conditions that could be contributing to depression.

If you’re currently undergoing therapy or on medications for depression, discuss any concerns with your physicians. For example, if winter is harder for you than other points in the year, you may need a daylight tool to help you find a bit more hope. If the isolation is wearing on you, you may find comfort in group therapies online or even an online card game with the people you miss most.

Move-in the Daylight

If you have to shovel snow to get in some exercise in the daylight, do so. Tog up so you can stay warm and avoid slips and falls. Should you know of an elder who could use some help moving snow or clearing ice, contact them and offer to help.

If you really can’t get outside safely, find a staircase and climb up and down a few times, then go stand near a window and turn your face to the sun. There’s a reason plants reach for sunlight. We all need it.

Consume Simply but Well

Take a hard look at your diet. Who are you following on social media? What news programs are you watching? Many people feel energized by outrage, but ultimately that is not a healthy means of expression. Additionally, it can be making you feel worse as soon as you engage. Find good stories that will make you smile and show you ways to help out. If you can’t find any, turn off your media-consumption tools.

Finally, review your plate. When depression hits hardest, we lean toward comfort foods or at least easy to prepare products, but these are seldom good for us. Before you head to the grocery, treat yourself to a healthy, low-fat snack or meal. Be proud of what you just ate before you buy what you’ll eat for the coming week. If you’re drawn to sweet foods or crunchy, salty treats when you’re feeling overwhelmed, treat yourself to a small container of something you’re craving, but make sure the rest of your plate is loaded with whole grains, lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies.

The year 2020 has not been kind to anyone, but if you struggle with an underlying mental illness the challenges of isolation can cause severe flare-ups. Set small goals to move, eat well, and structure your day. Seek quality homeopathic treatment to help you treat underlying health concerns so you can move on.

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