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We have all had those moments when we feel sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to any type of loss, everyday struggles or an injured self-esteem – to name just a few instances. But when feelings of intense sadness, such as feeling helpless, hopeless and worthless last from days to weeks and prevent you from functioning normally, your depression may be something more than just an everyday passing mood. It may be clinical depression – which is a fully treatable condition.
There is nothing wrong with being depressed, it happens to many people all over the world. When someone discovers they have clinical depression, usually they worry about what others may think, refuse to see a therapist and just hope that it goes away on its own.
Did you know there are ways to beat depression naturally without having to step
foot in a therapist’s office?
Don’t get us wrong – therapy is a great avenue to pursue and it helps millions of people every day. However, if you’re looking for a more at-home natural approach to improving your mood, here are some tips and tricks to help you beat everything from those down in the dumps mood swings to full on clinical depression.
Exercise: Regular physical activity might not be the first thing a therapist prescribes - but it should be. Just 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise three days a week has often been found to be just as effective as an antidepressant treating symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
Mind & Body: For those people who just shutter at the word “therapy,” relaxation techniques may be better than nothing. Quieting a busy mind may be all you need to center and sort out your thoughts and feelings.
Meditation: Meditation is a form of relaxation through which people try to clear their heads by focusing on breathing, music or a mantra. Daily meditation practices can help alleviate stress, anxiety and some symptoms of depression.
Yoga: Yoga is the best of both worlds and is a mind-body exercise that moves people through a series of poses to help improve balance, flexibility, strength and focus. Yoga has been proven to help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and some studies even show that yoga has the potential to treat anxiety and depression.
Guided Imagery: This type of natural therapy uses the power of positive thinking to help you attain something specific. It is a form of meditation in which you envision your goal in as much detail as you possibly can. Studies have shown that guided imagery can be a very effective treatment with depressive disorders.