Depression is no fun. When you’re depressed, you can sometimes feel so overwhelmed that you can’t get anything done or go about your daily life. Medication can help, but it’s not right for everyone.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for not wanting to take medication. Thankfully, there are natural methods of treating depression out there that have proven to be effective.
In this article, we’ll go over the most effective natural methods of treating depression
Meditation is an ancient practice of relaxation.There are different styles of meditation, but most focus on breathing. Not only is meditation good for those who struggle with depression, it’s also a powerful tool for pain relief, stress, and anxiety.
The benefit of meditation is that it’s something you can do anywhere and on your own schedule. You don’t need any equipment to meditate. All you need is yourself. But how do you start meditating? You must start with a quiet space. If you have difficulties tuning your surroundings out, a pair of headphones can help you escape into a guided meditation or exercise.
Here is a list of some of the best meditation apps. Some require payment, but many are free or offer free trials.
*Establish a regular meditation practice for best results.
Exercise is the body’s greatest natural medicine and everyone should exercise regularly. You don’t need to run a marathon, but a bit of movement makes a huge difference. If you aren’t used to exercise or can’t handle intense physical activity, start small. Consider a short walk every day until you build up some endurance for something a bit more intense (like a light jog).
Ideally, you should exercise three to four times a week. When you’re first starting out, this can seem impossible. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you weren’t exercising before.
If you need some extra motivation, join your local gym, look into an online fitness community offering virtual classes, or ask a friend if they will start getting active with you.
3. The Outdoors
There are so many benefits to spending time in nature. The sun is the best and healthiest way to absorb Vitamin D, a vitamin that everyone needs and fresh air increases your oxygen supply and blood circulation. If you work from home, consider working outside for a bit each day instead of at your desk. Even ten to fifteen minutes a day of sunshine can have radical impacts on your health and well-being.
If you live in an urban area, check out your local parks. If you live near a National Park, take advantage of the proximity and visit often. Maybe take up a new hobby that requires you to be outside—examples include birdwatching and hiking.
Our modern lives have a very unnatural rhythm. This puts an incredible amount of stress on our bodies that can lead to depression. Returning to the outdoors creates a more natural lifestyle. Spending time outside can also help you sleep, which will increase your overall level of health.
There is no reason there should be a stigma against cannabis. Marijuana is one of nature’s oldest medicines and it has been cultivated for thousands of years. Marijuana has also been used to treat mood disorders for way longer than man-made antidepressants.
Thanks to loosened legislation, it is easier to access marijuana safely and responsibly in the United States. Just be sure to always buy your cannabis from a licensed dispensary. Dispensaries have more control over their product and budtenders tend to have expert knowledge on different strains. Buying marijuana from an illegal source is unreliable and potentially dangerous.
Here is a good resource for information on medical marijuana.
Therapy can be life-changing. Unfortunately, there has been a longstanding stigma against people who go to therapy. That’s changing. There’s no reason you should be ashamed of going to therapy.
There are different styles of therapy, and therapists usually specialize in a particular field. Some therapists specialize in treating addiction. Others focus on depression or relationships.
A therapist can help give you tools for preventing and dealing with depression. They can also help you in other areas of your life and encourage you to establish healthy routines. You’ll be surprised what you might learn about yourself.
No one should have to live with depression. If medication isn’t the right answer for you, one of these natural treatments may be what you need to treat your depression.