Depression is a particularly powerful feeling, which can completely isolate and disarm us. Getting out is an obstacle course, but it is not impossible. With appropriate support and a little time, everyone can resurface. While medical help can help most people with depression, many can also cope without the help of medication. Alternatives exist and can help us to review our way of thinking and living. What if we could get out of depression without medication, with the help of nature alone?
Getting out of depression without an antidepressant is possible. How? ‘Or’ What? By taking care of our body and mind. We try to eat well, exercise, surround ourselves with things that make us happy. At home, we create a real cocooning space where we feel safe. We also try not to close in on ourselves and let our loved ones help us. Here are several tips for naturally treating depression.
Recovering from depression is a long way to regaining self-confidence and moving forward. Some people are more receptive to antidepressants, others to methods that are more natural. Here are a few.
Cure depression naturally
Many studies have proven the correlation between food and mood. For example, the consumption of omega 3 and vitamin B promotes brain function and prevents certain mental disorders.
We find omega 3 in fish, oysters, nuts, avocado, cauliflower, eggs … And vitamin B in pulses or greens, fruits, dairy products, and organ meats.
Of course, starting the day by eating an omelet will not magically resolve depression. In addition to other treatments, a good diet can help.
Exposing yourself to light
Some people suffer from seasonal depression. This disease is linked to the lack of natural light.
It occurs every year, in fall or winter. During this period, the brightness goes from 100,000 lux (unit of light measurement) to 2,000 lux. However, it is proven, one has more morale when the weather is nice.
The sun’s rays hit the retina and send information to the brain. They order the body to produce more serotonin. This neurotransmitter regulates sleep, appetite, memory, and mood.
To get better, you need to expose yourself for 30 to 60 minutes a day. Therefore, as soon as the sun comes up, we go out.
When you are in depression, it is difficult to motivate yourself to play sports. Still, physical activity is a great way to get better.
By exercising, the body produces endorphins. This molecule improves mood and reduces stress.
To start smoothly, you can bring a friend and walk for a few minutes a day. Little by little, we lengthen the duration and we may end up getting a taste for it.
Getting too much sleep can be just as problematic as not getting enough sleep. To try to spend a peaceful night, you have to make your room space where you feel good.
We force ourselves to put it away, to transform it into a cocoon: soft fabric, cushions, plaids, dim light.
If sleep problems persist, it is better to consult a doctor.
Transform your bedroom into a cocooning space
Get out of depression without an antidepressant
Surround yourself with things that make you happy
To avoid blacking out all day, surround yourself with positive thoughts. We line the walls of his room with photos of happy moments with his family and friends.
We copy mantras that touch us, that move us forward and we stick them everywhere (on the back of his laptop, on his computer at the office, on the bathroom mirror.)
No matter where we look, a sweet word is there to comfort us. We don’t hesitate to ask loved ones to write to us.
Take care of yourself
Every day, we try to offer ourselves a little pleasure. A bubble bath, a pastry, a good book, a plaid, hot chocolate.
Thus, we realize that nothing is enough to bring us a little joy. Above all, one does not feel guilty for taking time for oneself. We deserve it.
Keep a diary
The National Mental Health Association (NAMH) recommends that people with depression keep a diary.
This allows him to follow his psychological state from day to day and to free his mind from negative thoughts.
Thus, we realize what makes us sad and toxic people in our life. A very good way to sort and avoid making the same mistakes.
Remove toxic people from your life
Accept to be helped
Depression often leads to isolation. We prefer to curl up on ourselves, rather than being helped.
However, loved ones are best placed to support us. Even if the first reflex is to reject them, you have to go against them.
If we don’t feel able to see them, we send them a message to reassure them, to keep them informed of our psychological state.
Some reactions might surprise us and make us better. Recall that according to the National Institute for Prevention and Education for Health, in France, one in five people has suffered or will suffer from depression.
Depression is a scourge that affects many people. We can prevent it and treat it in its mild to moderate form with the help of plants and food supplements. Establishing routines, goals, and responsibilities in your daily life forms a solid basis for combating its effects and symptoms. Finally, treating depression without medication is possible by adopting a healthy lifestyle, consisting of a balanced diet and regular sport. Depression must however always be subject to medical monitoring!