Home Remedies For Depression
Depression affects millions of people annually, with a large portion of those diagnosed with depressive symptoms put on antidepressant medications.
Whilst these medications may help those with depression ranging from moderate to severe, they are usually less effective when it comes to treating people with mild depression.
In this article, we’ll explore some home remedies for depression, to help boost your overall mood.
1. Eat An Anti-Depression Diet
Did you know that the way you eat can radically affect your mood? Let’s take a look at the foods you should include in your diet that will make you feel better:
Protein – Protein provides your body with energy, try to include a portion as big as the size of the palm of your hand with every meal.
Saturated fats – These fats can help with cellular function and promote good neurological health. Find them in coconut, grass-fed meats and raw dairy.
Omega-3 fatty acids – Fish oil supplements, wild caught fish or seeds such as hemp, flax, chia and pumpkin are great sources of Omega-3s which help with serotonin production.
Vegetables – Increasing your vegetable intake, will flood your body with the important nutrients it needs to boost your mood.
If you’re serious about achieving happiness you should also consider avoiding the following foods:
Wheat – Many people are allergic to wheat and consuming it can make depression worse.
Sugar – eating too much sugar can cause your energy levels to crash and make you feel more depressed.
Caffeine – While there is a lot of temptation to drink coffee for a quick energy boost, in the long run it can leave you feeling irritable and exhausted.
Alcohol – Some people resort to drinking alcohol as a way to deal with their problems, however this can make them worse as alcohol is a known depressant.
Meditation is a brilliant free resource to help you combat depression. Check out our beginners guide to meditation. The benefits of meditation go far and beyond depression relief; it also helps with your cardiovascular health and concentration.
Try starting with shorter periods of 4-5 minutes a day before gradually working your way up to longer periods of meditation.
3. Supplement With St John’s Wort
St John’s wort is a very popular home remedy for depressive disorders. The herbaceous plant was first discovered in ancient Greece and has been used in the treatment of various nervous disorders ever since. The most important constituent of St John’s wort is hypercin, which works on the neurotransmitters in the same way as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) prescription medication. In general people experience less side-effects on St John’s wort in comparison to SSRI medications.
Perhaps one of the best home remedies for depression is exercise. This doesn’t mean that you have to start daily one hour workouts at the gym, it could simply be a 15 minute walk a day. Regular exercise will help to release endorphins in your brain, which will make you feel great and increase your overall happiness.
5. Light Therapy
Sufferers of seasonal affective disorder and/or depression may benefit from light therapy. The gentle, orange glow Himalayan salt lamps offer a soothing light source for depression sufferers and can help during the winter months when there is little in the way of sunlight.