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3 Holistic Ways to Reduce Depression Symptoms
Depression is a tricky battle, and its symptoms can often feel overwhelming. In addition to the professional help of a therapist, there are some natural techniques you can use to overcome your symptoms and start feeling more like yourself again. Here are a few holistic methods to give you a mental boost and help conquer your depression.
Reach Out to Others
It’s not easy to let others know you’re struggling, especially if they seem to be doing just fine. But isolation can amplify symptoms of depression, so don’t shut others out. Confide in a trusted friend or family member about what you’re feeling; sometimes, just being able to talk openly about it can make a world of difference. If you think you’d benefit from more constant companionship, a service dog trained to help cope with anxiety and depression can be a wonderful addition to the family. Not only are they trained to recognize signs of a panic attack, they serve as a nonjudgmental source of unconditional love.
Enrich Your Diet with Vitamins and Nutrients
The better your diet, the better your mood and overall health will be. Avoid comfort foods as they lack vital nutrients and can cause your blood sugar levels to crash, which can make you feel sluggish and depressed in the long term. Instead, consume a diet rich in foods that boost your health and well-being, such as dark, leafy greens, root vegetables, nuts, and berries.
Try Meditation to Combat Stress and Anxiety
People with depression often find that they’re less able to cope with stress, which can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. One way to combat these symptoms is to practice meditation. There are a variety of techniques, such as Transcendental Meditation, so you can try different methods to find one that works for you. You can even incorporate self-reflection into your exercise regimen; for example, the repetitive nature of swimming can help the mind get into a relaxed, meditative state. Finding a local health club or YMCA with open swim hours can not only be a great way to stay active, it can also bring peace of mind and counter the negative feelings depression often brings.
There are many ways to reduce the symptoms of depression outside of traditional therapies and medications, but those afflicted should never think that all options have been exhausted. With many treatment options, both natural and medical, depression sufferers can find methods that offer symptom relief to help them cope with their disorder.
Jennifer Scott knows how difficult it can be to live with anxiety and depression. She has experienced both since she was in her teens. Today, she writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on SpiritFinder.org. The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences.
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