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Treating Depression Naturally

Posted by Rob Benhuri

Oct 3, 2014 4:38:37 PM


Clinical depression is a state in which a person experiences sadness, cheerlessness, despair, or indifference towards their lives and loved ones for no discernable reason. Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. Recovering from anxiety/depression can seem impossible. You can't beat it through sheer willpower, but you do have some control???even if it is severe and stubbornly persistent. Here is a brief guide to treating depression naturally. 

1. Meditate.

Most people want to take care of themselves, but it can be very hard to know exactly what to do. This feeling is compounded when you can't think straight because of your depression - it's a vicious cycle that we hope we can help you break out of. For what it's worth, we have found in our clinical experience that meditating is one of the most powerful tools you have for combatting depression. Here is an excellent demonstration by Dr. Andrew Weil on how to do that, it's as simple as 4-7-8. That means breath in for a count of 4, hold it for a count of 7, then exhale for a count of 8. The combination of deep breathing plus keeping your mind focused on the simple numbers is very powerful.



2. Excercise.

Depression can often lead to severe feelings of fatigue. In fact, this is one of the most common clinical signs. However, it is very important that you do not give in to this fatigue. You will definitely find that if you make a point of exercising (yes, a walk around the block does count!) your fatigue will decrease.If you live in New York City, a simple way to get more exercise is to get off the subway one stop earlier than normal and walk the rest of the way. Of course, always take the stairs!


3. Eat a healthy diet

Everyone knows not to eat "bad food," but not everyone agrees on what that means. It's a given that candy, soda and fast food are not the best for you, especially when you are experiencing depression. Besides cutting those things out, aim for a balanced diet of low-fat protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. And eat fat! just make it the "good" kind. You can find good fats in avocados, nuts, peanut butter, fatty fish like salmon, and flaxseeds amongst other places. 

Ultimately, the fact is your depression is not an easy thng to cope with. Like all diseases, depression is not "fair," and it does not only affect those who deserve it. Managing the symptoms can seem overwhelming. The important thing to focus on right now is empowerment. You have to believe that you can recover. True, believing is not enough to make everything go away, but believing you can do it is an essential ingredient in how to treat depression naturally.

Topics: Eat to Heal, Depression/Anxiety


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