Overcoming Anxiety and Depression Naturally
The hustle and bustle of today's society is so fast-paced that it has left many in a state of anxiety and depression. Between the stressful demands of home and work, as well as the ever present environmental toxins, chronic poor diets, and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, depression and anxiety disorders have flourished over the last few years.
As the cases of anxiety and depression increase, so does the usage of anti-depressant medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, anti-depressant drug use has increased by approximately 400% since 1998. Instead of relying on medication to control these symptoms, many of choosing to seek out more natural solutions.
Overcome anxiety and depression naturally through the use of one or more of the following remedies:
The act of consciously focusing your mind on the here and now is called meditation. With practice, the act of meditating can do wonders for blocking out external stimuli, helping with relaxation, concentration, and focus. Meditation quite often results in inner peace and tranquility that can last far beyond the meditation session itself. In fact, studies have shown that the active of meditation can reduce the effects of stress on the body significantly.
Self Hypnosis is quite similar to meditation. There are many programs that are designed to help one build confidence, heal from emotional and/or spiritual turmoil, and even fight stress. A few of the most well known self hypnosis techniques include subliminal messaging, Hemi-sync, and guided meditation.
Exercise and body movement are essential for physical, mental, and emotional health. Yoga is a great way to combine the mindfulness that is often associated with meditation with physical exercise. Yoga often brings with it an awareness of the mind/body connection, helping one to understand that their mental, emotional, and physical states all affect each other.
Regularly engaging in vigorous exercise is an important part off a healthy lifestyle.Aerobic exercise increase circulation to the brain resulting in improved cognitive functioning and mental clarity. A strong body helps support a strong mind. In addition, exercise releases endorphins that can elevate mood and relieve stress.
While overexposure to the sun can be dangerous, natural sunlight in moderation can be a great source of vitamin D and other nutrients. Vitamin D is said to affect the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. In fact, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that is directly related to a lack of exposure to natural light.
Junk food provides very little nutritional value and can cause spikes in blood sugar levels that can affect the emotions as well as cognitive functioning. These problems are often compounded with the consumption of simple carbohydrates and processed foods. Instead of relying on these, try eating a diet rick in fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and lean proteins. In addition the body needs to stay hydrated at all times. Consuming water is an effective way of flushing toxins from the body.
Another quick and easy way to boost the mood is through aromatherapy. Essential oils such bergamont, orange, or lemon can be quite uplifting and clarifying. Rosemary clears a foggy mind and eases stress. Jasmine can clam the nerves and restore energy. Neroli decreases nervousness and acts as a sedative.