Depression is one of the main causes of disability in developed countries, and around 150 million people suffer from depression globally.
The W.H.O predicts that depression will become the 2nd most predominant disease worldwide by the year 2020, and battling with depression can be awfully painful for both the person experiencing the symptoms and her loved ones.
Depression can manifest with a variety of different symptoms including:
- feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness,
- difficulty concentrating,
- persistent sadness,
- low mood,
- sleeping difficulty,
- low sex drive,
- aches and pains,
- headaches and digestive issues,
- thoughts of death or suicide changes in appetite,
- weight loss,
- feelings of helplessness,
- disinterest in hobbies or events,
Natural Remedies for Depression
Meditation can really be helpful and is an essential tool if you need to manage depression, anxiety, OCD, or anything along those lines.
Find a noiseless place to retreat, turn off your phone, close the door, try to regulate your breathing, and attempt to let go of your thoughts.
Don’t think too hard, but if a thought comes into your head, acknowledge it, and let it go. This is just one basic start to meditate, and there are lots of different methods you can go about it. You can Start small like 10 minutes a day and work your way up from there.
There is a lot of ruckus about acupuncture, but you should keep an open mind. A number of researches have shown acupuncture helps with pain, and may as well aid with depression and anxiety.
When the needle enters through the skin at one of the body points used by acupuncturists, the body responds by releasing endorphins, which help bring a feeling of calmness, happiness, and relaxation. Many individuals say this feeling lasts long after the acupuncture session is over.
Eating healthy can aid with the mood in general, as there are certain foods that can help with serotonin. The substance serotonin is produced in the brain and contributes to regulating mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire, and function.
Certain foods like Fish-oil, (rich in Omega-3 fatty acids), healthy fat, such as coconut oil, Flaxseed oil, Sour cherries, Eggs are serotonin enhancers and help to increase serotonin levels naturally.
Exercise is not a secret, and you’ve probably heard that exercise is fundamental to mood. It helps releases endorphins in the brain, and endorphins are what make us feel good and relaxed.
Other Naturally Tips To Reduce Depression
- Reduce Coffee Intake: Caffeine gives you a quick boost in your mood but may result in you crashing down, and caffeinated doesn’t help the chemicals that regulate mood, and can affect serotonin synthesis in the brain.
Green Tea might look counterintuitive, but green tea has L-theanine, that works synergistically with caffeine to increase mood. Theanine has been shown to lessen stress as well as increase dopamine and GABA (the brain inhibitory transmitter).
- Chamomile Tea: It is thought that flavonoid in chamomile contributes to its relaxing component, and having a cup before bedtime does help a long way to enhance sleep and improve mood.
- Magnesium is a co-factor in over 300 enzyme systems that regulate a wide variety of biomechanical functions in the body. Depressed individuals should try eating magnesium-rich foods, or take supplements of magnesium.