10 Ways You Can Naturally Beat Depression

DepressionWhen you’re depressed, sometimes you may feel alone. You can be surrounded by people and still experience a profound sense of loneliness. Depression is a illness of alienation. Depression can drain your energy, rob you of enthusiasm, steal the joy from your life, distance you from others and drag you deeper into it’s depths.

Though you may feel alone, you’re not. In the U.S., over 20 million people suffer from some type of mood disorder. The numbers prove that there are millions of others sharing the same pain. Some of these people have found ways to help ease the pain of depression so they can start to regain what they have lost.

1. Be kind to yourself

Negative self-talk can lead to self-hate. When you turn anger, blame and shame inward, you’re abusing the most important person in your life, YOU. Most people would never expose the people they love to the negativity them bombard themselves with every day. Start being kind to you. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Accept who you are and where you are in life. Fall in love with you.

2. Get some vitamin D

vitamin D

Sunshine can dive you all the vitamin D you need, while getting you out of your house. There are not many things that can elevate your mood like spending some time in the sunshine. It’s quite easy to spend the whole day inside, living a sedentary life but humans were born to be out in nature. So, even when you want to crawl back under your blanket, get up and get outside.

3. Eat good food

Good Food

While junk food, sugars and caffeine can give you a quick boost, eventually that energy fades away. When you want long term energy you need quality foods. Eating good foods will give you the energy you need to start taking action in your life. Even small changes, a few better choices in what you eat can make a significant difference.

4. Get some sleep

Sleep

When you have a bad night’s sleep, it’s hard to have a good day. Some people find the main problem with getting proper sleep is that they have trouble falling sleep or staying asleep. There are many tools available to help you fall asleep but the best way to normalize your sleep is to start falling asleep at the same time every night.

5. Explore holistic supplements and treatments

holistic medicine

Traditional medicine has it’s place, but so does holistic medicine. While most traditional medicines deal with the body, holistic practitioners look at the mind-body connection. A practitioner can customize a holistic solution that ay include things like acupuncture, energy medicine and supplements.

6. Meditate

Meditation

Meditation can change you brain and your life. By taking a moment to meditate you can stop negative thinking, reduce your stress and begin the process of healing yourself. In the beginning you’ll want to start with a few minutes a day. Meditation skills can also be used at times of stress to help get you through obstacles that arise during your day.

7. Lean on the people who love you

feelings

Your support network can help get you through many adversities, if you ask. Some people don’t ask others for help because they feel no one can understand the pain they feel. While the people who care about you may not understand what you’re going through, talking and sharing how you feel with them can make all the difference in the world.

8. Ask for help

therapy

Sometimes you need to ask for help. People can’t help you unless you reach out to them first. There are a vast number of people available to dive you the guidance and assistance you need to heal. You’ll find that talking to a friend or therapist, calling a hotline or joining a support group can be the first step in healing your depression.

9. Avoid drinking and drugs

Alcohol & Drugs

Some people with mood disorders turn to drugs and alcohol to help them cope. While they may offer short-term relief from your pain eventually you’ll find they lead to long-term problems. Avoid self-medicating yourself, instead try the other items on this list to alleviate your pain.

10. Move your body

exercise

Exercise not only makes your body feels good it also elevates your mood. Incorporate regular movement into your routine. It doesn’t have to be something complicated, it may even be something you enjoy. Activities can be anything from walking and running to swimming and cycling. The important thing if to find something you will do consistently and start doing it.

Of course, please don’t forget to ask for medical help when you need it!

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