Do you feel like ending your life?
Do you suffer from extreme mood swings? Or
Do you cry often for no possible reason?
Do you have difficulty concentrating?
Are you engulfed with negative thoughts all the time?
If you have any of the above symptoms for more than 2 weeks, then you might be suffering from Depression.
Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistently low mood and a feeling of sadness, loneliness and loss of interest.
It is one of the most common conditions prevalent across the world with around 150 million people suffering from it. A doctor can help you out in such cases but unfortunately, due to social stigma, most of us don’t opt to do that. Fortunately, there are some home remedies for depression that can lift up your mood and help you fight depression.
Here are few natural remedies that may help you come out of depression:
1. Eat a healthy diet:
It’s been rightly said that you can eat your way to a better state of mind. Making certain changes in your diet can help alleviate the depression. Check out the things that you should include and that you should avoid in your diet.
Try to include:
– Omega 3 fatty foods such as salmon, tuna, flax seeds
– Pro-biotic supplements
It is always advisable to consult your doctor before starting any supplements.
– Caffeine such as Colas, chocolates, tea and coffee
– Refined sugar and carbohydrates
2. Get going:
Depression sets in a feeling of unworthiness. “No one likes me” kind of attitude makes you disconnected with people around you. It makes you more comfortable with yourself as the famous lyrics from Big B song goes “ main aur meri tanhai, aksar yeh batein karte hain”. Break this monotonous self-comfort zone and get going. Get moving.
– Regular walk– Indulge in some regular physical workout such as a daily walk. It helps in boosting the feel-good chemicals in your body known as endorphin.
– Intense workout– Starting with some intense physical workout such as kickboxing, It helps you by not letting you concentrate on negative thoughts and punch hard your frustration.
– Social Interaction – Meet new people, engage yourself in some fun activity groups. Make some new friends. The more you are away from your bubble of negativity, chances of induction of positivity are more.
One of the easy depression remedies is meditation. Meditation especially mindfulness-based meditation helps ease psychological stress including anxiety and depression. Mindfulness-based meditation teaches you to get hold of negative thinking while it’s happening, thereby short-circuiting the cycle of worrying that leads to depression.
Mantra chanting has been an effective means of uplifting a person’s mood for a longer duration. Chanting AUM( the cosmic sound that is said to have its origin at the time of the creation of the universe) channelizes energy in the body and activates stomach, spinal cord, throat, nasal cavity and skull areas.
4. Light therapy
Light therapy or phototherapy is known to be a good mood booster, especially during winters. Winters are known to cause Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) worsening up the existing depressing state. So, go out spend some time in Sunlight.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils have been known to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Few essential oils such as Bergamot, lavender, chamomile and frankincense oil are helpful for anxiety, stress and depression.
6. Adaptogen Herbs:
Adaptogens are plants that increase your resilience to all kinds of stress be it physical or mental. Few commonly used herbs since ancient healing practices are Rhodiola , Ashwagandha , St. John’s Wart and Holy Basil.
7. Pursue your hobby
Each of us has a particular interest or hobby we all want to do but because of social commitments and responsibilities, we are unable to do that. Doing something you love helps you get out of depression because that’s what you would do passionately.
8. Get yourself organized
Being surrounded by clutter all the time triggers more negativity. Try to keep your surroundings clean and keep things organized. Try to do a small area each day rather than doing it all in one day.
– Get more sleep: Depressing mood makes it more vulnerable to have disturbed sleep. Sleep is an essential part of one’s routine making it all the way important to have a healthy refreshing sleep.
– The feeling of gratitude:
Helping out somebody in need or making someone else happy creates a feeling of achievement and contentment. This helps in boosting up your spirits and mood.
Music has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety symptoms. The mix of melody, harmony and rhythm stimulates the senses and promotes calmness by slowing down the heart rate. Music therapy boosts up the dopamine levels which plays a crucial role in reward-motivation behavior. Music therapy can readily opt for an effective depression treatment at home.
– Laugh aloud
Yes, laughter therapy has been known to lower down the blood pressure and prevents the release of stress hormones known as cortisol and releases feel-good factor hormones such as endorphins.
Friends!! Nothing can make you feel depressed until you allow someone to do so. Nothing can stop you from being happy. Be strong, Be happy.Try these home remedies for depression and be happy. Life is full of new adventures & happiness awaiting you to open the doors.
Keep a smile handy always with you.
It does make a difference.