According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people (of all ages) suffer from depression globally, so be assured that you’re not the only person suffering from this common mental disorder. There are many reasons behind this mental health disease too. For some, it can be a chemical imbalance in the brain that triggers feelings of depression. For others, stressful and upsetting situations can instigate depressive moods. But no matter the reason, the worst thing you can do is wait until your feelings of depression go away by themselves. It might be some time before they do, and you don’t want to put up with the terrible feelings you have in the meantime.
Our first piece of advice is this: See your doctor. Especially if your feelings of depression are overwhelming you, it is important to seek medical advice. However, there are other things you can do to help yourself, so while you should seek help when you need it, you might also consider the following.
#1: Get off the sofa
Sitting on the sofa all day is no cure for depression, as an inactive lifestyle can exacerbate the condition. So, make the effort to move around, and involve yourself in some kind of exercise, even if you don’t feel like it.
Studies have shown exercise can ease feelings of depression because physical activity releases feel-good chemicals into the brain. You will double down on the benefits if you exercise outdoors, as sunlight is also responsible for releasing those chemicals. So, go for a walk, a cycle ride, or something else besides if the sun is shining, or exercise indoors if the weather is cold and you don’t feel like going outside.
#2: Eat something nutritious
When you’re feeling depressed, you might be tempted to comfort eat on something unhealthy, but you won’t be helping yourself any. Junk foods can lower your energy and negatively affect your mood, so you will only start to feel worse. Instead, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, as these contain the nutrients needed to energize you and stabilize your mood. And make the effort to eat healthy snacks instead of anything fatty or sugary when you’re trying to comfort eat, as these will also improve the way you feel. Check out the protein snacks in this article for some examples, and visit your local health store for more.
#3: Look for natural remedies
If you’re trying to avoid medically prescribed medications, Medical News Today has advocated a number of herbs and supplements that you might want to try in their place. Please note that the items listed are for mild and moderate feelings of depression, so do see your doctor if your condition is severe.
Cannabis is another natural remedy for depression, so consider CBD oil or CBD tablets if you haven’t already. You might even want to try growing your own marijuana plants at home (if this is allowed in the area you live), so consider the advice given at DrCannabis.io. Again, do see your doctor if your depression worsens as, despite the benefits of natural remedies, medication might still be advised if you suffer from severe bouts of depression.