You’re feeling sad, unmotivated, and just don’t have the energy to visit friends or family members. Sound familiar? These signs and many more are signs of depression, a serious mental condition that can turn your mood and motivation upside down. First of all you need to know that you are not alone. There are many like you and I out there who are at different stages of depression in our lives. But do not have to worry, there are many ways of naturally treating depression and its symptoms.
Mind depression can often be treated using these simple, natural techniques :
- Have a Cup of Tea – Yes, as simple as that. Hops, valerian and powdered licorice are mood stabilizers. Chamomile, lavender, clary, sage are sedative and can calm depression.
- Take a Break – Go away for a few days. A break from your routine and discovering someplace new will give you a boost.
- Saffron – Just 30mg of dried extract of saffron is as powerful as 20mg of any antidepressant drug and that too without side effects.
- Exercise – It can give back control of the body and its often the first step to feeling in control of other events.
- Milk, fennel and honey – Boil 1 cup of milk with 2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds, let it steep briefly, strain & sweeten with honey, sip slowly 30 minutes before going to bed.
- No caffeine – Cut back on pop and soft drinks that contain it. Research links caffeine, which suppresses serotonin production, to depression.
- Essential Oils – Mixture for fragrance oil burner consists of 2 drops each of rose and lemon balm oil and 3 drops of lavender oil.
- Great Scents – A scented sachet of valerian, lavender, primrose, elder or hops placed under your pillow may help you sleep better.
- Light & Colour – A bright, friendly environment in warm colors such as yellow, red or orange can lift your spirits.
- Fish Oil – Contains a fatty acid, EPA, that can help chase the blues away, especially when combined with pharmaceutical antidepressants.
- Vitamin C Intake – Depression which sometimes occurs just before menstruation can be caused by a vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency.
Regardless of how you go about it, make the effort to get help. If you have health insurance, call your provider to find out if it covers mental health problems. You may have access to more experienced and qualified therapists in your area that can help you overcome your depression at an affordable price. If not, do your best to fight your disease. Sure, you may not think it’s serious enough, but everyone deserves to be happy including you.
Categories: Mental Health