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Three Natural Ways To Relieve Depression

July 22, 2015

When you are feeling depressed, it is often difficult to find the motivation to seek help. However, you are not helpless or alone! Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there is a lot you can do on your own to relieve the symptoms of depression. The three natural methods below may help to improve your outlook:

1. Get in a routine:

Establishing a routine helps you to create a set of activities that keep your body and brain active, and a structure to help you overcome depression. Depression can leave you sleeping all day or immobile on the couch making you feel like one day is melting into the next. Creating a routine can help to get you back on track. Write a daily schedule for yourself such as – wake up, eat breakfast, exercise, go to work/go to the library/take dog for walk, clean up the house, etc. Go through each activity methodically and try to do the same routine consistently until depression symptoms start to dissipate.

2. Exercise:

Exercise is the best way to boost your brain’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Research shows that exercise may also help to encourage the brain to re-wire itself in positive ways. If you are exercising, you likely will feel a boost of confidence, which will encourage your brain to maintain that positive feeling. You don’t need to run a marathon either! Do something you enjoy, like taking a walk, going for a swim, or riding your bike. And don’t forget to eat well! Depression can cause us to overeat, which fosters negative feelings. So eating healthy is a natural way to stop those negative feelings from festering.

3. Do something new:

When you are depressed, you are in a rut. You may feel bored and unable to become inspired. Getting out of bed to do the menial tasks of life may feel completely unmanageable. You can get of the rut by doing something new. Go to a museum, take a cooking class, try cake decorating, start running, or volunteer for an animal shelter. Doing something new can cause your brain to release dopamine, which is a hormone associated with happiness and pleasure.

HelpGuide.com is an excellent resource for those struggling with depression.  Have you considered an online mental health program that you can do from your own home? Check out iPrevail.com for more information.

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