Depression can make a person feel hopeless and think
that things will never get better. This not true, as the condition is easily
treatable with medication and talk therapy. Lifestyle changes such as adding
more exercise and avoiding negative thought patterns can make a big difference.
Other natural methods of fighting depression are outlined below.
Create a Routine
The chaos of depression can take away the structure of days and give the
feeling of being in a rut. Creating a simple, easy to follow routine may give a
feeling of accomplishment and help a person regain a sense of control.
Meet Daily Goals
Setting goals with small tasks, such as making the bed or washing the dishes,
can begin to push a person forward out of depression. If possible, it is best
to continue with job responsibilities or do some volunteer work to keep the
Eat a Healthy Diet and Exercise
While there are no foods that will cure depression, eating healthier can help
the body and mind cope with the condition. Spinach, tuna, avocado and salmon
are high in folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which may ease the
symptoms of depression. Short, brisk walks each day will release endorphins,
which are natural mood-lifters.
Get Proper Sleep
Depression can interfere with a normal sleep cycle, making a person feel very
tired and increasing the symptoms of the disorder. Going to sleep and awaking
at the same time every day, along with removing all distractions from the
bedroom, can improve sleep over time.
Have Fun New Experiences
Although it may be very difficult, going out and having new experiences can
help lift depression. Volunteering, learning a new language, taking classes or
even reading a book can change the dopamine level in the brain, leading to
feelings of enjoyment and pleasure.
Change Thought Patterns
The biggest battle during depression is adjusting patterns of thought to be
less negative. Logic is the best natural treatment, as it helps a person see a
life situation in a more realistic light. It takes time and practice to defeat
negative thought patterns, but it will eventually become second nature to not
let them take over.
Use Caution with Supplements
Folic acid, fish oil and SAMe have been shown to improve depression symptoms in
some people, but further research is required before declaring it a sure thing.
It is always best to check with a doctor before starting a supplement to treat
depression, especially if a person is already taking antidepressant medication.
Written By: Alex Kerwin is a freelance writer from
Michigan. He works closely with drug
rehab programs helping people struggling with