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Help With Depression ~ Fight Depression The Natural Way!

Updated on October 17, 2016

Depression is affecting more and more people then ever before so don't be ashamed or feel alone in your fight with depression, instead know that millions of others out there are desperately seeking help with depression just like you.

Whether you've been diagnosed with clinical depression or are just not feeling your normal self, first of all be proud that you've had the courage to admit your problems and also the humility to seek out help for your depression. As a person who has battled with depression throughout my life I know what a big step that can be.

I hope the following tips help you to win the battle against depression the natural way without having to resort to medication. For most people depression is not something that will go away overnight, in fact some will struggle with it for years but there are things you can do to ease the symptoms of depression and regain your zest for life.

Most of the things on this list may seem obvious, yet many of us don't pay enough attention to the simple things.

Drink More Water

Did you realise that much of the population actually live in a state of chronic dehydration? The human body needs an ample supply of water to function well. Chronic dehydration has been linked to depression, so why not replace one or two of your daily cups of coffee with pure water instead. Coffee, fizzy drinks and even tea can all dehydrate the body so be sure to drink adequate amounts of pure water.

Get Enough Sleep

Most people can quite easily get by on 6-8 hours of sleep a night. If you're suffering with depression though 6-8 hours might not be enough. Energy levels are vital if you're going to win the long term battle against depression so increasing your sleep allowance can really help.

Improve Your Diet

In the same way that our body needs water to function at its optimum level, it also needs a variety of vitamins and minerals, all of which you can intake on a daily basis through proper healthy eating. Poor diet is commonly linked to depression and other ailments. It's not enough to just add the odd piece of fruit into your diet though. If you want to fight against depression it's also vital that you get rid of those poor dietary habits. Too much protein in the diet can lead to over toxicity within the body, too much fat can lead to problems with digestion and sluggishness and a high sugar intake can play havoc with your insulin levels. All of these factors can contribute to depression, so if you're looking to get long term help with depression then it could be a good idea to review your diet.

Help Others

You may feel like it's hard enough coping with your own problems in life, let alone helping others with theirs. Actually though helping other people with their problems could help you to take your mind off your own for a while. You may even find that your problems seem less severe and distressing when you can see the circumstances others are enduring. Even if helping others doesn't minimize your own problems, at least you'll know that you're not alone in having to face difficult circumstances.

Look To Nature

The world is full of beautiful things and when we're feeling depressed it's often the case that we stop noticing that. Take some time to look around at the wonderful things that nature has on offer, you'll be amazed at the pleasure this can bring .

Spend Some Time Outdoors

It has only come to light relatively recently that many people actually suffer from a form of depression called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Without going into huge detail SAD is simply caused because people aren't getting enough sunshine. I know you can't control the weather but if you're looking for help with depression then try your best to take any opportunity to head outdoors when the sun is out and the weather is favourable.

Natural Is Best

If you're considering some form of medication to help with your depression, be sure to try some of the best natural supplements for depression before heading down the route of prescribed anti-depressants. Some people have seen huge improvements to their overall mood after taking a natural supplement. Some well known natural supplements that can help with depression are;

  • Folic acid (vitamin B9)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids
  • St. John’s Wort
  • B-Vitamins

You Can Beat Depression!

I really hope some of these tips help with your depression. Remember, you're not alone in your struggle and many others out there are winning their battle against depression the natural way. Seeking help with depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength and humility. Though the fight against depression can at times be hard, believe me when I say from experience 'You Can Win Your Battle With Depression'!


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    • Hendrika profile image

      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Lot of what you name in your article makes sense. it is true though that for some the depression is simply too much and they have to resort to medication. problem is, like me, not even the medication works. I am bipolar but sadly more depressed than high and even the high is hypomania. I have found though that eating well is very important as you body can not fight a bad diet on top of the rest. Just a word of warning, St. John’s Wort can be dangerous as it may lead to excessive bleeding,

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      nutritionhub 5 years ago

      I agree, if you're struggling to get through the day then regularly getting an extra hour of sleep can make a world of difference. Thanks for the positive vote PP!

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i think getting enough sleep is important for stress. Most people couldn't get back to sleep normally. Voted up