ETHAN CHANG JUL 22 2018 . 5:30PM
Depression is a mental illness that affects many millions of people around the world. One of the most challenging dilemmas those learning how to overcome depression face is confronting the taboo that surrounds mental health.
• HOW TO COME OVER FROM DEPRESSION NATURALLY:)..
There are several key strategies and methods for dealing with depression naturally. These strategies have been clinically tested for efficacy, and often return impressive results.
1/ GO FOR A WALK.
Research shows that walking actually releases oxytocin, the hormone released during childbirth, bonding and lovemaking. The mild exercise will also clear your head, increase oxygen flow to your brain, and boost your serotonin.
2/ MEDITATION / YOGA
A few minutes daily of breathing deeply from your belly, holding in and out for 8 seconds, is a powerful agent. When your body is not getting steady oxygen, noxious gases build up in your blood, triggering anxiety and fight-or-flight reflexes in your nervous system.
Secondly, without proper oxygenation, your brain is starved of circulating blood and is prone to poor function. Deep breathing slows down your heart rate, restores blood flow to the brain, and calms your nervous system. Notice how the anxiety/depression eases!
3/ EAT HEALTHY
There is no magic diet that fixes depression. It’s a good idea to watch what you eat, though. If depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better.
Although nothing is definitive, Cook says there’s evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and tuna) and folic acid (such as spinach and avocado) could help ease depression.
4/ SLEEP WELL
Depression can make it hard to get enough shut-eye, and too little sleep can make depression worse. What can you do? Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom — no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves.
5/ TAKE RESPONSIBILITY’S
When you’re depressed, you may want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at home and at work. Don’t. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can help you maintain a lifestyle that can help counter depression. They ground you and give you a sense of accomplishment.
If you’re not up to full-time school or work, that’s fine. Think about part-time. If that seems like too much, consider volunteer work.
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