People experience periods of sadness, feeling out of sorts,
a bit blue, detached and other variations of mood at different points during their life. Depression occurs when these feelings become a persistent state of being rather than a passing mood.
Clinical depression can eventually affect a person's physical health and ability to perform regular daily activities.
When searching for information on how to keep depression at bay, you will come across many suggestions, the trick is finding what works for you.
These may range from getting enough sleep, meditation, and exercising, to striking a healthy balance in your professional, social and personal life.
Symptoms of depression can be mild to extreme and physical as well as mental:
Sadness, irritability and anger; angry outbursts with little provocation
Unexplained aches and pains; headaches; backaches
Low energy; small tasks sap energy
Extreme weight gain or weight loss
Disengaged from daily activities especially ones previously enjoyed
Changed sleeping patterns--from excessive sleeping to insomnia
Poor concentration and memory
Depression can occur for a variety of reasons. Some cases of depression are caused by nutritional deficiencies. Others cases of depression are the result of environmental factors, such as lack of sunlight in the case of seasonal pattern depression, or the body having an overload of toxins
Remedies may be as simple as making lifestyle changes or dietary adjustments. In extreme cases of depression, prescription medications may be required to alleviate the condition.
It is important to be proactive in your treatment and that means using various natural remedies that can help improve your condition on a day-to-day basis.
A few options in natural remedies for depression:
Exercise relieves symptoms of depression and alleviates stress, which can contribute to depression. During exercise, the body releases endorphins, which diminish the perception of pain and act as a sedative. Exercise is considered a natural mood elevator.
Nutritional deficiencies can trigger depressive symptoms in some people. People deficient in one or more of the B-Vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D may be especially vulnerable to depression as a people with thyroid imbalances; the thyroid releases hormones, which regulate the whole metabolism.
Supplements derived from the active components of various herbs have been used successfully to help depression. An herb commonly recommended for depression is St. John’s Wort. (It seems to be most effective when used to treat mild to moderate cases of depression.) Saffron also shows promise for depression.
Establish healthy sleep patterns
The quantity and quality of sleep a person experiences directly impacts their health and mental status. Getting enough sleep and completing a full sleep cycle (sleep without interruption) supports good physical and mental health.
Stay engaged in daily activities and set goals
Depression has physical components, but is primarily a mental illness. In order to combat mental illness, the mind needs to be engaged in ways, which offset the symptoms of depression. Sticking to a routine of daily activities and setting small goals alleviates some of the cyclical negative thinking,
which often accompanies depression. It keeps people from “getting down on themselves.”
In other words, maintaining routines and attaining daily goals that counter the negative
self-talk that can accompany depression and make it worse.
Explore various mind-body connection practices
Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Biofeedback, Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, and other alternative therapies offer relief from the symptoms of depression. They offer relief from fatigue, anxiety, and lack of focus.
Many people live with mild to severe depression without seeking medical assistance. People in depressive states don't need to suffer with the illness there are many options for the treatment of depression. It can be managed and in some cases completely alleviated.
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