All days are not the same, some day you may feel like a super human other days may just make you feel that it’s the end of the world. There is a thin line between sadness and depression. Any feeling of loss leads to such emotions. It may make you lethargic, tearful or even make you loose on the general level of motivation and confidence. Or if on a greater level, it may lead to numbness or irritability, but what makes it a matter of concern is it ruins your performance which will eventually make you feel worse.
The traditional approach to treat depression is balancing neurotransmitters with drugs. In many cases treating depression with drugs has not only been a total failure but also known to have numerous prolonged side effects on your body. So, it is a wise decision to go the natural treatment of depression. Following are some of the ways through which you can naturally safeguard yourself against depression.
1. Be Happy
Though it may sound superficial for those in stress, redirecting your attention to something positive has been known to increase your serotonin level. Feeling of happiness not only directs the blood flow to your brain but also increases dopamine levels that eventually improvise your state of mind. But the question is how can you keep yourself happy when you find yourself lost admits unhappiness and hopelessness. Following are the ways you could lift your spirits:-
a. Use Humor and Enjoy yourself
Using your humor and doing things you are good at is a source of great inner strength leading to overall emotional wellbeing. Once you attain a sense of achievement in what you love doing, it will reinforce the positive thoughts in you making you happier from within.
b. Building Up Your Self-Esteem
Putting on weight, relationship break up and not getting the job you want can make you feel that you are good for nothing. But instead of feeling this way, feel that why a person of my caliber would not get a job I want and I deserve. Always remember no matter how much life tries to pull yourself down, listen to your inner instincts and march ahead with positivity
2. Be Outgoing
Its worthwhile to note that exposure to light and sunshine can not only increase productivity but also happiness and health. Being in closed walls can make you more depressed, it wise to go out and get a life. You will not only feel refreshed but also a sense of dressing up well and going out. All these activities will not only make you feel better but will also create an urge to live like before.
3. Exercise Properly
When one exercises, the body releases chemicals called endorphins that interact with the receptors in the brain which in turn reduces the perception of pain. Moreover running or work out is termed as euphoric as it releases positive energy into ones body. Moreover, the the sedatives produced in the body due to exercising positively affects the brain, spinal cord and many other parts. The best fact is that getting exposed to such exercises produces neuron receptors endorphins that have the same impact that of the medicine. Moreover, the regular exercise has also been promising to
- Reduce stress
- Keep anxiety and feelings of depression at bay
- Boost your self esteem
- Improve your sleeping habit.
4. Eat Properly
What you eat affects your body, thus has a deep influence on the way you think. So, to think right it’s important to eat right. Following are the parameters that shall be considered:-
a. Nutrient Rich Diet
Our body’s repair, growth and wellness are the dependent on the nutrients like vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Deficiency in the essential nutrients will hamper you from performing your best which in turn will disturb you mentally.
b. A plate full of essential antioxidants
Free radicals are the damaging molecules that are produced in the body during normal body functions which can further lead to aging and dysfunction. The below mentioned antioxidants will reduce the negative impact of radicals on body.
- Beta-carotene:- Broccoli, Carrots, Spinach, Peaches, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato
- Vitamin C:- Kiwi, Oranges, Peppers, Strawberries, Tomato, Grapefruit.
- Vitamin E:- Nuts and Seeds, Wheat Germ, Margarine.
c. Carbohydrates Can Give You Calming Effect
Serotonin, is the mood-boosting brain chemical that is strongly connected to the carbohydrates. Going for complex carbohydrates like whole grains is recommended over the simple carbohydrates present in cakes and cookies. The best choice would be fruits and vegetables that contain healthy carbohydrates and fiber.
Puneet Sharma is a professional content writer. He is handling a project related to a rehabilitation center called MindPlus which is addiction and rehabilitation center in Punjab, India.