With over 340 million people worldwide experiencing depression, several forms of treatment are available. While there are many medications created to clear the mind and ease the person of unwanted symptoms, holistic treatment is becoming more popular as individuals want to learn how to work with their symptoms without experiencing the many side effects that medications can bring. Lissa Rankin, M.D. and writer for Psychology Today, has noted that before taking any form of medication, it’s important to make minor lifestyle changes to see if that helps:
- Identify any reason why you may be depressed and work on resolving it, whether it is through something you must do or whether you must work on letting it go internally.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Eat nutritiously. Lissa states that eating foods that enhance serotonin in the body are very helpful; omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, herring, and anchovies are very good for you.
- Avoid caffeine, because it reduces serotonin levels.
- Get out in the sun. Vitamin D is known to boost mood.
- Meditate and try breathing exercises. There is much evidence to show that meditation does help people relax and work through their struggles.
- Focus on becoming more authentic in all aspects of your life. Lissa claims that wearing masks can make us feel unheard and unseen, and this invisible feeling can contribute to depression.
- See a therapist or life coach to express how you are feeling and develop an action plan for achieving your goals.
While there are many natural forms of treatment as listed above, many holistic therapists utilize natural remedies to assist with depression as well:
- 5-HTTP: This converts directly into serotonin, and should help you ease your anxiety and depression. However, if taken too much, it can cause drowsiness and may conversely cause anxiety.
- St. John’s Wort: A 2007 study published in the Advances in Psychiatric Treatment Journal stated that this remedy has been proven effective for treating mild to moderate forms of depression.
- L-theanine: According to the University of Maryland, L-theanine has been known for its effectiveness in potentially calming the central nervous system.
- Fish oil: Fish oil provides many benefits, at is a central source of omega-3 acid. Eating fish directly, however, is an even more natural way to get this source.
There are so many holistic remedies that can be used, with some showing more evidence behind their success than others. The key is to find what works best for you. Always ensure that you contact a physician regarding the holistic medications that you take because they can still have serious implications if mixed with other substances.
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