Over the years, I have used one or more of the following to avoid or overcome depression:
1. A 24-hour fast. Drink only purified water and eat no solid food. The recommended water intake is 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight. Spread your intake throughout the waking hours. If necessary, a little herbal tea or fresh fruit juice may be used sparingly. Fasting cleanses the body of waste. Usually a short fast will lighten the spirit, allow red blood cells to carry oxygen more efficiently, and even improve the taste buds! Women can also use fasting a day or so before their menses onset to lighten its effects.
2. Physical exercise. A good, brisk walk on a forested pathway where there's clean air does much to lift the spirit. Allow the walk to last roughly 25-45 minutes.
3. Singing. Singing exercises the lungs diaphragm. Allow yourself to sing in full voice while you perform cleaning tasks or take a shower. The oxygen intake and vibration of sound help realign your energies and reduce any negative thoughts. Spiritual hymns work especially well.
4. Use the color violet. Violet has a frequency that when visualized or seen transmutes negativity into positive polarity. When used for 10-20 minutes daily, psychological problems are overcome and the person becomes spontaneously uplifted. (Note: The waltz also releases the effects of violet.
5. Diet. Get rid of junk food--especially those "empty calories." Excessive sugar and hydrogenated oils are a burden and add to the destruction of cellular health, including that of the brain.
6. Write. Writing a letter to yourself helps one to focus on the problem and define it. Be explicit. Make the length at least 200 words. Then burn the letter in a safe place. While it's burning, you can recite your favorite prayer or poem. Psalm 23 is good.
May you find these shared techniques helpful, and may you never experience another moment of depression again!