The Natural Way Of Coping With Depression

What is Depression?

Depression is a common mental illness that causes negative feelings, a low mood, sadness, feelings of dread and guilt and has a huge impact on your daily life by causing loss of interest in normal daily activities.

What causes Depression?

Depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain or a past traumatic event including emotional, physical or sexual abuse. It can also be triggered by stress. Depression tends to affect women more than men.

What are the symptoms of Depression?

Depression has a number of symptoms including:

• Agitation

• Irritability

• Anger

• Fatigue

• Trouble concentrating

• Sleeplessness (Insomnia) or sleeping too much

• Feelings of sadness and guilt

• Digestive problems

• Suicidal thoughts

• Loss of interest in general activities

• Anxiety

• Loss of appetite or weight gain

• Poor hygiene

How do I overcome Depression without drugs?

There are a number of different things you can do to help cure depression.

1. Take a different outlook on life

Whilst it may not be easy at the time, trying to take a different outlook on life is key to helping relieve symptoms of depression. Force yourself to talk to someone or do an activity you don’t feel like doing. Whether it’s cleaning your home or even taking a bath. Repeatedly doing these things will force your mind to think in a different way.

2. Try and think of a happy memory

Stop thinking about negative memories and visualize something positive that has happened in your life.

Think about an enjoyable event or funny moments with friends, something where you remember smiling.

3. Make plans for the future

Whether it’s tomorrow, next week or next year, force yourself to make plans.

Get out of bed and make a list. Plan a shopping trip, plan a holiday, plan an evening with friends and make a conscious effort to get out of the house. Having something to look forward to will lift your spirits.

4. Try and pinpoint what triggered your Depression

Was there a traumatic event that sent you to spiral into depression? Were you extremely stressed before depression kicked in? Trying to pinpoint the cause of your depression will help you to understand why you’re feeling this way and you can start to figure out ways to overcome it.

5. Eat healthy and exercise

Even if you don’t feel like it. Force yourself to eat a healthy meal and take yourself out for a gentle jog or swim. This helps to release serotonin, the natural ‘feel good’ chemical in your brain.

Are there any natural remedies for Depression?

There are many natural remedies for depression without having to go down the route of pharmaceutical drugs. These remedies include:

St Johns Wort- Studies have suggested that St. Johns Wort is just as effective as anti depressants for treating depression in a mild to moderate form. It has a number of active chemicals that increase serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline which lift your mood and produce ‘feel good’ emotions. St. Johns Wort should not be taken with any other anti-depressants and you should speak to your GP before taking this medicine. You can purchase St. Johns Wort at Holland and Barrett from £8.99.

Saffron- Saffron is said to be as effective as Prozac in treating depression. It has been suggested that it can increase serotonin levels. You can purchase Saffron capsules from Holland and Barrett for just £5.99.

Folate- Folate deficiency can lead to depression. You can find folate in foods such as vegetables, fruit and grains. You can also buy Folic Acid tablets from Holland and Barrett for £5.99.

SAM-e- full name S-Adenosylmethionine, is a natural compound in the body. It increases serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline which lift your mood and help fight depression. It is safe to use and can be found at Holland and Barrett for £8.49.

Zinc- Studies have shown that Zinc has a beneficial effect in depression. If you are Zinc deficient, this can lead to depression. You can buy Zinc tablets from Holland and Barrett for £5.99 or Amazon from £3.79.

CBD – Although CBD does not cure depression, it is suggested to help improve symptoms and have anti-depressant and anxiolytic like effects. You can purchase CBD Oil from Holland and Barrett as little as £19.99.

Always speak to a medical professional for advice when suffering from depression.

Mental HealthSimon B