Depression is one of those things that can take hold of you, at any time, for any reason.
It can feel like you have emerged in a fog with no exit strategy. Depression can affect you in different ways, and not one cause or solution is right for everyone. It can all depend on how you handle situations. Many people choose to consider options like antidepressants or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Both of which are proven to provide successful outcomes however if you find you've not had much help with conventional treatments or you want to consider a more natural approach to combating your depression, then here are some things you could consider trying.
Consider natural supplements
Sometimes taking something can help, and while you don’t want to go down a medicated route, some herbal options could be considered. An oral supplementation might mean considering options like Gaba or Green Tea. Sometimes even trying herbal teas like Peppermint or Chamomile can have a calming effect on the mind, body and soul.
Work on a routine
Routine is one of the biggest ways you can combat a depression phase. This is where you work on trying to take yourself out of a comfort zone and provide a routine in its place that cements what you need to do. If you are feeling depressed, the chances are any routine will have gone out of the window. So start small by setting a certain time to get up, and then take it from there.
Exercising can release endorphins in the body that has a big impact on your mood. This is why many people choose to take up regular exercise as a way of defeating the depression for good. It can give you a focus and a new sense of wellbeing. It has been reported that regular exercise enables your brain to rewire itself into a more positive framework.
Take a look at your diet
Sometimes the foods we eat can have a lasting effect on the way we feel and think. Too many saturated fats and bad foods can make us feel lethargic and unhealthy. Adding to the feelings of depressions and cementing a low self-worth. This is why changing your diet for a healthier one could have a positive impact on your lifestyle.
Get a restful night’s sleep
Sleep can feel like the holy grail at times, and while feeling depressed can push you into sleeping more, it may not be the restful sleep you need. Instead, try and concentrate on the quality of your sleep instead of the amount. Find ways to improve your sleep like not using technology before bed and lowering your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Have a positive mindset
Finally, training your mind to think more positively is a great way to combat depression once and for all. A lot of the time, depression is formed from a negative state of mind. This is where your thoughts are focused on what is going wrong in your life instead of what is good. Try and rework your way of thinking by turning each thought into a positive one.
I hope these ideas help you combat depression and make it through the fog. Always remember to seek help, having depression is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about and getting help early can make a huge difference to your life and your health overall.