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Top Tips to Alleviate Depression without Medication

Updated on January 24, 2012

Tips to Alleviate Depression

Depression affects millions of people around the world, however, you do not have to take prescribed medication to alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. Here are a few tips to help you to feel a bit more like yourself whilst battling depression.


Exercise is one of the most important remedies for depression. When you exercise you release endorphines which are also known as the “happy hormone.” Therefore, the more you exercise, the better you will feel. Try and exercise at least four times a week, for 20 to 30 minutes.


Drinking plenty of water, is very important if you want to alleviate the symptoms of depression. Depression is known to be a chemical imbalance in the brain, remaining hydrated can help to detoxify your system. Therefore, helping to re-balance the hormones in your system.


Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, try and consume at least five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Too much junk food can just make you feel worse, therefore, try and eat healthy food and do not overeat.


It is vital that you have a regular routine, if you have no routine, you will feel like your life has no purpose. When your life has no purpose, depression only gets worse. Therefore, try and set yourself a daily routine and stick to it.


Set yourself goals and tasks, if you have things to do, important things to do it will give you a sense of self worth. So, get busy and feel better.


Do not remain silent, try and talk to someone. A friend, a family member or a therapist. Keeping your feelings and emotions inside will not help matters. You must have heard the saying, a problem shared is a problem halved. So talk, talk, talk.


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      intriguewriter 5 years ago from worldwide

      Thank you Barbra for your commment! I know it can be hard to stay positive at times. I have struggled with it too! But sometimes we just have to keep on moving forward, one day at a time. Keep the faith xxx

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      Barbra-House 6 years ago

      Great Hub, really good idea's too but one thing I found about depression is all about how a persons mind works.

      Its hard to stay postive all the time with so many issues and problems crumbling down on you.

      But what I find helps when hit rock bottom that there is always someone else worse off.

      Realizing this does not make me feel better but it helps put my problems into perspective.

      Thanks Barbra :)

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Great hub! I agree with these techniques and have seen them put into action and work. Thanks for sharing.