How to Treat, Deal with depression without medication drugs or therapy
“Is it possible to treat and deal with depression without medication drugs or therapy?” It is the question you might be asking yourself. The answer is “yes, it is possible.” There are many ways of dealing with and treating depression. You need to understand that depression in most cases is a symptom of a current health issue or a lifestyle problem. It could be, you are in a dire financial strait, and you don’t know or have a way out or even how to deal with it. This problem and many others might be at the height of your depression.
These and many others are the causes of depression. However, many of the conventional medication or antidepressants are known to have severe side effects. In this case, then it will only be prudent to treat it without regular medicines or therapy. How then can that happen? Follow the conversation to find out.
Natural Remedies for Depression and Anxiety
There are some foods which can correct your depression condition without needing medication. These are foods rich in the proper nutrients that play vital roles in treating depression and anxiety. Such foods are:
Quinoa is in the family of grains. It is in seed form. The seeds are rich in magnesium, iron, vitamin B. These properties are in the first line of fighting off depression. The mineral content of quinoa is the source of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is involved in giving you good mood.
Aren’t you happy to hear that turkey is in the list of improving your depression? Yes, it is true, turkey contains high levels of tryptophan a chemical which is responsible in the formation of the neurotransmitter serotonin and melatonin hormone. Both of these properties are good for enhancing your good mood while dealing with depression.
Fatty fish contains omega-3 fatty acids. The best source of fatty fish is mackerel, salmon, tuna, and bluefish. These fatty acids help to boost your brain by providing various properties that fight off depression.
“Dark chocolate? really?” Yes, that is what it is. The very fact of eating chocolate on its own is a mood booster. Apart from that, dark chocolate helps your body to release serotonin which again is a neurotransmitter responsible for boosting your good mood. However, because of calories density in the chocolate, you need to go slow on it. A small piece of it will do.
Green tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants but what makes it a depression fighter is its high content of an amino acid which is theanine. Theanine is what makes tea drinkers experience relaxation after taking tea.
How to Cure Depression and Anxiety Using Herbs
Herbs are the original plan of medicine before man corrupted it with conventional medicine. Therefore, naturopathic treatment for depression is effective and the best. However, knowing what herbs to use and how to use them is of great essence. Mentioned below are proven herbs that can treat depression.
Rhodiola Rosea is a plant that mainly grows in the Northern Hemisphere in the alpine regions. Its medicinal value for depression is found in the roots. The roots contain some sap that has always been used to improve and lift mood and thereby alleviating depression symptoms. This sap also relieves symptoms of stress. It can also improve memory and attention span which are some of the depression symptoms.
Ashwagandha is an Indian plant that has been in use and popular in Ayurvedic medicine. This plant is known to work better than most antidepressant drugs in treating depression and anxiety symptoms. The reason why it is popular in treating depression is that it contains powerful compounds known as adaptogenic which are useful in relieving depression symptoms. It also prevents free radical damages that are induced by stress and anxiety
Maca also goes by the name of “Peruvian ginseng.” This plant is in the family of root vegetables. It contains phytonutrients, amino acids, minerals and various vitamins. It is a traditional medicine which has been in use for centuries among many cultures and especially the Peruvians in treating depression and anxiety. It is also known to enhance libido which is one of the many symptoms of depression.
Camu Camu which is also known by its botanical name as Myrciaria dubia is mainly found in the rainforest. Its medicinal value is contained in its berries. These berries are said to contain the highest level of any known vitamin C source in the world. It’s sweet and tangy taste is what contains vitamin C along with other many nutrients and also adaptogenic properties that help in relieving depression symptoms. The best thing about this herb, which does not have any known side effect, is its potency in fighting off depression with its natural antidepressants compounds.
St John’s Wort
This section cannot close without mentioning St John’s Wort. Why? It is the most popular and proven herb which is the best treatment for depression of all other herbs. A study done in 2018 found out that St John’ Wort equals the standard regular antidepressants which can treat mild depression. However, caution should be observed while using this herb as it is known to have some side effects.
How to Cure Depression by Yourself
During the height moments of your depression, relaxation can make you to feel good, rested and strong again after the initial feeling of fatigue. Use these three ways that have been proven to work effectively.
Progressive muscle relaxation process
How to do it:
- Breathe in deeply through your nose holding your breath just for a few seconds. While holding your breath, contract your upper thighs muscles for about 10 seconds. Breathe out through your mouth while releasing your muscles contraction. Repeat this process a few more times.
- Give yourself a break of about 30 seconds and then move on to another set of muscles like your stomach muscles and repeat the same process as you did with your thigh muscles. While releasing the tension of your muscles, focus on how you feel when your muscles are relaxed. Imagine you are releasing your fatigue and stress out when you are relaxing your muscles.
- Repeat this process with all your other muscles including your buttocks muscles. While working on your hand muscles, imagine you are holding an orange, and you are squeezing the juice out.
Progressive muscle relaxation process can be applied when you are experiencing insomnia. Practice it at night before going to bed, and you will feel more relaxed which will help you to fall asleep. Tension release and sleeping is one way of treating your depression naturally.
- Relaxation imagery
Relaxation imagery has your own images and imaginations that make you feel happy. Allow your mind to dwell on those imaginations as long as your mind can take it. You may choose this time to remember something good or experience that happened in the past. Just sit there calmly and daydream. You will later feel calm and relaxed after this session.
- Guided imagery
Guided imagery is more or less like meditation. You may choose to use a goal as a point of your guided imagination or focus. Envision on that goal with all the details you can think of. Think positively about the goal from the beginning to the successful end. It is this positive thinking that will make you feel happy and relaxed.
Natural Supplements for Depression
Using supplements is another way of fighting off depression. Some of these supplements that you can use include creatine, zinc, vitamin-C, vitamin D3, B complex vitamin, and 5-HTP.
Closing yourself inside or hiding away will not help heal your depression. The only way out of your depression is assisting your body getting better by feeling happy. Look for ways that would make you happy. Watch comedies or do anything to make you laugh. As much as everyone else will try to help you recover from your depression, the buck stops with you.
Be positive, be strong and stay focused.