Thursday, March 15, 2012

Natural Ways to Cope with Depression

Dealing with depression is never easy. Although there are several depression help resources located on the web and at your local physician's office, coping with depression is still a personal journey that can sometimes seem overwhelming. If you find yourself a bit down, consider trying a few of the following natural depression remedies, in addition to contacting a local mental health care professional:

Exercise Regularly

That sluggish feeling you may be feeling could simply be because of a lack of exercise. Exercise not only leaves us feeling healthier, but it also releases endorphins which leaves us feeling happier. So if you are feeling a bit low, consider going for a jog.

Add St. John's Wort to Your Daily Supplement

St. John's Wort supplements derive from the flowering parts of the plant, which has long been known as a natural stress reliever. Consider adding a daily dose alongside your regular multi-vitamin to give you a bit of a boost. If you are already taking an anti-depressant, however, consider swapping St. John's Wort for Vitamin D as St. John's Wort can mix poorly with certain anti-depressant medications.

Get More Omega 3s

Omega 3 Fatty Acids, like those found in salmon and other fatty fishes, have been clinically shown to help treat depression. Even countries with higher diets of such fishes, such as China, record lower depression rates. Unfortunately, we don't make these ourselves so if you would like to treat you own symptoms, consider taking a supplement or incorporating more omega 3s into your own diet.

Balance Your Diet

If you are someone who eats on the go and downs several caffeinated beverages during the day, then there is a good chance that all the poor food you are putting into your body is negatively effecting your mood. To make yourself feel better, treat yourself better by ditching a few of those caffeinated beverages for water, and replacing those greasy fast food meals with lighter fare loaded with veggies and lean meats.

While these remedies may help, they should not be all the help you seek should your depression symptoms continue or worsen. If you feel as though your depression is not subsiding, contact an area mental health care professional immediately for further treatment.

Guest Post by writer and blogger Alex Summers

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