Depression is a subject that is shunned and misunderstood by many, especially in the urban community. Many people may have this disorder and yet will never admit it, let alone seek treatment. Some may believe that depression is a sign of weakness- and because weakness seems to make one vulnerable in a world full of wolves- admitting to depression is not an option. Regardless, depression is real and admitting to it is not a weakness. In my opinion, it is actually a sign of strength.
Symptoms of depression include feelings of helplessness, emptiness, and numbness. A person experiencing depression may lose interest in thigs they once had a love for. The world seems to come and go and yet a depressed person struggles to get out of bed to perform even the simplest tasks. If this sounds like you then you may suffer from depression. And if that’s the case, please know that you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. The good news is depression is treatable. There are a variety of different treatments, varying on the level of depression. In this article I will strive to name most natural ways to conquer this mental disorder.
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Exercise and Eat Healthy
When a person suffers from depression, exercising and eating healthy may be the last thing on the person’s mind but it really helps ease the symptoms and cure the disorder. Exercising and eating healthy is not only good for physical health, but for mental health as well. Exercising helps create the “feel good chemical” –endorphins. Exercise also gives one more confidence and energy, which helps fight the symptoms of depression. Along with exercise, eating healthy helps the mind and body feel less sluggish. Just think about how lucky your body feels after eating a burger versus eating healthy, nutritious food. There’s a huge difference. If we take care of our bodies physically, we will feel better mentally.
Surround yourself with good people
Being surrounded by good people is crucial for someone who is suffering from depression-as it is for someone who is not. Vibes are contagious-negative and positive vibes alike. If a person is surrounded by negativity, it will affect the person’s life in a negative way. I’m sure you have that one friend that always seem to have drama, problems, and mess going on in their life; If you feel as if it doesn’t affect you then you are truly mistaken. We are the company we keep. On the other hand, if you’re surrounded by positive people who accept you and your struggles; people who strive to be happy and aren’t focused on negativity-chances are their good vibes will rub off on you. So if you’re depressed, it is crucial to keep all the positivity that you can in your life. “Birds of a feather flock together.”
Sunlight makes life much better for us all. It is a natural mood booster to just about everyone. Promising studies show that sunlight releases a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin, like endorphins, causes a boost in a person’s mood. Serotonin also helps a person fight anxiety, causing a person to feel calm and focused. Surprisingly, it is said that sunlight helps ease depression quicker than anti-depressant medicines. Most people may not get enough sunlight due to being indoors for work, and at home. It is extremely important that a person gets sunlight, not only to help beat depression but to prevent it. Think of this for example, you are more likely to see and feel the difference in your mood on a sunny day versus a cloudy or rainy day. This is not in your mind; it has been scientifically proven over decades that a lack of sunlight is likely to cause a damper in a person’s mood.
I speak of meditation quite often but I do so because it helps tremendously. Meditation is therapeutic- as it allows one to tap into the current moment. Tapping into the current moment allows a person to be free from worries of the future or past. When one meditates, thoughts slow down and the mind becomes still. It allows the meditator to recognize all of his/her thoughts-conscious and subconscious- that is flowing through the mind. Thoughts can create negative feelings-thus a head full of negative thoughts can cause or worsen depression.
One mantra I use while meditating is “I am not this body; I am a soul that is free.” That mantra reminds me that there is more to life than the problems I face. It helps me realize that the problems I face is an illusion; I am the one who decides if they are “good” or “bad”. Meditation allows me to dig deep within, connecting with my Higher self- and that’s when I come to the realization that I can conquer anything.
Write it out
This is one of my personal opinions, but many studies show that writing helps with bottled up feelings and certain bottled up feelings may cause or worsen depression. Whenever I’m feeling down I decide to write it out. Writing is extremely therapeutic. The honest truth is –it feels good to get things off of the chest. It causes one to recognize all situations that are causing sad, emotional feelings. Talking to people helps but writing is thoughts from you to you. You will be surprised to see how much pressure you can release through writing.
Some people may have a serious case of depression, where the natural ways may slightly help but it doesn’t get the job done. I am not for or against medication- as I believe this option is one’s personal choice- but it is an option. There are many anti-depressant medicines out there that will help with getting a person out what seems to be a never-ending abyss. If you feel as if you have to get on medication, don’t be ashamed. Many people are anti-depression medicine. I suggest that you speak with your medical doctor to see what would be best for you and also do your own research! It is important to learn and know exactly what you’re getting into for yourself!
Good luck to anyone who suffers from depression. If you have ever suffered from depression, or still do, please feel free to share your thoughts and stories in the comments. You never know who your story may help.
Peace and Light to you all!
By Carmen Ashante http://www.carmenashante.com/