Depression and Treating It Naturally
Depression is a serious condition. It’s also, unfortunately, a common one. The World Health Organization characterizes depression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world, affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men in the U.S will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lifetime.
Depression does not discriminate; it’s no respecter of anyone. Men and women of any age, educational level, and social and economic background suffer from depression. There is no area of life that does not suffer when depression is present. Marriage, parenting, friendships, careers, finances – every aspect of daily living is compromised by this disease.
The tribulations caused by depression are made worse by the fact that most people suffering from the disease are never diagnosed, let alone treated. The good news is that when depression is promptly identified and treated, its symptoms are manageable and there are many effective strategies for living with the disease. Depression and bipolar disorder are both treated most effectively in their earliest stages when symptoms are less severe.
Could you be suffering from Depression?
If one is in doubt of whether one is under the tribulations of depression. The best thing to do is to contact a healthcare provider. Together with the healthcare provider one can find out whether what you are experiencing is depression or bipolar disorder.
How is depression treated?
There are several strategies for treating depression. Depending upon each individual’s characteristics and symptoms, healthcare professionals may employ one or more types of psychotherapy.
NATURAL TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back.
Different ways of treating Depression naturally include:
Exercise: Exercising your body boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It also has long-term benefits for people with depression. It should be part of your therapy. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help.
- Meditation and Relaxation: is a form of relaxation intended to clear your mind by focusing on the breath. Research however has it that daily meditation can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression
This helps to cultivate an attitude of openness and acceptance, which may have antidepressant effects.
Guided Imagery and Music Therapy: Guided imagery is a form of meditation in which you envision a goal in as much detail as you can. This technique uses the power of positive thinking to help attain something specific, like happiness.
Music therapy has been used to help improve the moods of people with depression. Sometimes it involves listening to music that promotes relaxation and positivity. Other times, it involves singing as a form of therapy.
One study showed that both of these therapy types could help decrease stress and improve mood.
- Drink green tea- Hot Kava Teas
Kava is a root from the kava plant that’s known for its sedative and anesthetic properties. It’s most commonly used as an ingredient in relaxing teas. Areas of the South Pacific, including Hawaii, have used kava for stress release, mood elevation, and other calming effects.
In fact, its relaxing effects have been likened to benzodiazepines. Research has shown that kava is safe and effective in treating tension and anxiety, which may help ease depression symptoms.
Do something new:
When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different.
Challenge negative thoughts:
In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental — changing how you think. When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions.
Get enough sleep
Try to have fun.
If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? “That’s just a symptom of depression,” – You have to keep trying anyway.
Talk to your doctor before starting any alternative treatment.
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