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Anti-depressants. Do you really need them? A better way to break out of depression is the natural way.
It was reported recently that 1 in 10 US adults take antidepressants. When I read that I was very sad. What made my mood worse was when I read that less than a third of the people taking antidepressants have actually been to a mental health professional in the past twelve months.
The truth of the matter is that the majority of people taking antidepressants do not need them.
White women constitute the biggest group of people taking antidepressants. 400% more white women are taking antidepressants now as compared to in the early 90s. It isn’t that there are that many more people with depression. It’s simply that anti-depressants are now seen as the “Go to” solution for depression. And that despite all the placebo research that completely destroys the integrity of the pharmaceutical industry.
I’m not a doctor, but I do know what it is like to experience depression. . . don’t we all?
We all suffer from feelings of depression from time to time. It seems it doesn’t take much to leave us feeling depressed. Not exercising. Unhealthy diets. Screen addiction. These are all causes of depression. And there are simple and healthy solutions.
Pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know that meditation an help with depression. But let’s take a second look at those anti-depressants and see if just maybe meditation could be a better solution. I mean, not everyone needs Deep Brain Stimulation Recovery. Some people just need an hour to get their mind straight.
Of course you definitely should talk to your doctor about depression. Actually, an upsetting fact is that 4 times as many men commit suicide than women because they do not talk about it. So, Talk to your doctor. Ask for help. But also consider whether some natural, healthy options might help too.
Here’s our top advice on how to break out of depression naturally.
How to break out of depression naturally
1: Go to a counselor: There is no shame in going to a counslor for depression. In fact, there’s plenty to be proud about about going to a counselor – at least you are facing your problems and trying to overcome them, that’s a lot better than ignoring the issue.
A counselor can advise you on options for handling depression. Just talking about depression can help you a lot. It will make you see that there are solutions and that there are ways to beat depression.
If you don’t want to see a counselor then talk to friends and family.
But here I am presuming that you are the one with depression. If, instead, you are trying to help someone with depression, read this. It will help you to help them.
Walking is immensely relaxing. In fact, doctors in Europe actually prescribe walking as a treatment for depression!
Doing some gentle exercise somewhere relaxing out in nature gives your body and mind a chance to heal. You can also see that the natural world has its own ups and downs too. There are times when the world is joyful—like in Spring—and times when it is in hibernating, like in winter. It is all a cycle, as is depression. Depression will eventually lead back to happiness, just as winter becomes spring.
One of the absolute best treatments for depression is to practice Zen Walking Meditation. Now that’s a tip your doctor would never give you, right? But trust me, it’s one of the best things for depression. I’ve put together a guide to doing Zen Walking Meditation to help you out. Take a look.
Update: As well as walking, science has proven that vigorous exercise may be the best thing for depression.
3: Sunshine on a rainy day:
It wasn’t that long ago that Vitamin D supplements were considered a breakthrough supplement that could prevent you from getting depression. Now we know that that isn’t entirely true. Sunshine is the cure. Mother nature knows how to cure us and one of mother nature’s best cures is the sun. Go out there and bask in it!
There is nothing better than meditation for depression. And the best type of meditation to use is Mindfulness.
One of the biggest breakthroughs in health over recent years has been mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is a very very simple concept. I love how simple it is. All mindfulness is is focusing on the present moment, on reality. Go for a walk in nature, sit down somewhere and meditate on what you see. This will calm your mind and cultivate inner peace.
I’ve put together both a beginners guide to mindfulness meditation, and a list of ways you can be mindful today. The former will teach you the actual practice of mindfulness. The latter will show you 25 little habits you can do to be more mindful. Both of these will help you a lot. So take a look at both links. And then come back here and continue reading this.
5: Eat those greens:
Mother nature really does know what she’s doing. That’s why crappy junk food like hamburgers – the unnatural foods— have been linked to depression, where nature’s food, fruit and vegetables, is linked with curing depression. I’m telling ya, trust nature and you will be cured of depression. Eat those green, drink water. Just ask yourself: is this food natural? If it is eat it. If it isn’t don’t. Simple!
In addition to eating greens you might like to try taking a supplement of Niacin B3 for depression too.
It’s hilarious that something as simple as laughter can cure depression, but it DOES. Go grab yourself all the funniest movies ever, sit down and watch them and laugh your ass off.
Now I want you to take this seriously. I know the idea of using laughter to heal depression sounds… well it sounds silly. But it genuinely works. Back in 2009 I suffered extreme stress (okay, it’s not the same as depression, but it is similar). I was told by my doctor that I had had a heart attack. I was 27. The stress really affected me. And can you imagine how angry I was when, two weeks later, the doctor laughed and told me that I was fine and that there was nothing to worry about, that she had made a silly mistake? Anyway, thanks to my doctor I went through extreme stress. And in order to heal myself I turned to comedy. I watched every comedy I could get my hands on. I laughed my ass off. And it made me feel a lot better. And yes, this was during a time of extreme stress. Laughing works. Try it. And while you’re at it, I highly recommend that you read this guide to the importance of humor. It will really open your eyes.
Proper breathing helps your mind and body to relax and let’s face it, there’s isn’t an easier cure than breathing. Make sure you are breathing deeply and slowly and in a relaxed fashion. You can make it even more relaxing by meditating on your breathing, which essentially means focussing your mind 100% on your breathing and not on anything else.
Nature knows how to cure depression. The real treatments for depression are out in nature: in the sunshine, in green food, in your own breathing. Let’s put down the antidepressants and remember who the real doctor is: mother nature.
Now, if you really want to know how to breathe in a way that will heal depression, let me give you some advice. Practice two breathing techniques. In fact… I want you to do this right now. Okay? Because these techniques are very, very powerful. The first technique is called Nine Round Breathing. The second is Anapanasati Breathing Meditation. It’s a very special Buddhist meditation technique that will really help you. You can find guides to all these techniques in our Complete Guide To Meditation.
UPDATE: More tips to help you fight out of depression naturally
Get in a routine: When fighting depression naturally you need o establish a routine. One of the affects of depression is that it removes any sense of structure from our lives (says Ian Cook, fdirector of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at the University of California, Los Angeles). Begin to reintroduce routine.
Goals: Depression makes us feel as though we cannot achieve anything. It is important to beat this belief. Set a goal you know you can achieve and get it done. This will bolster your self esteem.
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Healthy Eating: There isn’t such a thing as a diet for depression (though some people, trying to turn a profit from depression, try to argue otherwise). You do, however, need to eat healthy. A standard healthy diet is what you need. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, not too much nor too little.
Sleep: It can be hard to get to sleep when you are suffering from depression but when fighting depression naturally you need to overcome this problem. Set a regular time for waking up and going to bed. You may find that meditating in bed helps too.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities are good for making you think about something other than your depression. Don’t make your responsibilities too taxing, but try to keep to the basics. Maybe a part time job might help.
Beat negative thoughts: negative thoughts are going to plague your mind during depression but it is imperative that you challenge them. When you think a terrible thought, be rational and examine it, the thought probably does not hold much validity. Look for a more positive way to see things.
Don’t take anything without your doctors approval: Do not take any supplements or anything else without first seeking the advice of a health care professional.
New: Try something new and get a breath of fresh air into your lungs. It doesn’t matter too much what you do, but do something fun and in no way dangerous. Being involved in activities with other people is a great way to fight depression naturally.
Fun: It can seem strange that something as simple as “fun” can help with something as serious as depression, but it does. Challenge yourself to do a few fun things each day.
Get a dog:
This dog video will speak volumes about your own life. It is probably the most important dog video of all time.
The video reveals what depression is.
Depression is a serious, debilitating medical condition. Millions of people around the world suffer from depression every day. Many of those people actively seek out help but they do not know where to turn. But the truth is that depression is treatable and preventable. By recognising the warning signs and symptoms of depression you can help someone to find the assistance that they need tin order to recover.
The World Health Organisation has created this video with the help of illustrator and writer Matthew Johnstone in order to educate people about depression.
If you’re a pet owner like me I’m pretty confident you’ll agree on one thing. Your pet is about the best mood lifter you know. That wagging tail, those droopy and soulful eyes, the warm fur…. You already know that your dog makes you really, really happy,so this bit of news might not comes as a surprise, but…
Science has proven that your dog is a natural antidepressant
Here are some of the amazing ways how dogs help with depression around the world:
Patients living in nursing homes with live-in dogs overcome depression faster than those without live-in dogs.
A single therapy session with a dog is enough for a child with psychiatric disorders to show better moods.
Dogs help keep childless couples together.
When long-term care patients are given a dog to play with they immediately show less of the signs of loneliness.
When you put a dog into a social situation, the people in that situation smile more and talk more.
Yup. Your dog is a natural mood lifter. But how do we explain how dogs help with depression?
Scientific research shows that the reasons why dogs lift moods is all about oxytocin, the “love hormone”. Oxytocin is vital to healthy emotions and happiness. Now, scientific research has proven that when you play with a dog you get a natural release of oxytocin.
Dogs also help us to prevent depressing situations. For instance, people who have a dog are more likely to go for daily walks, and those daily walks make you happier.
Dogs also put an end to your inner-critic. When we’re depressed are inner voice becomes our enemy, telling us how crappy we are. But scientific research has shown that your dog makes you release oxytocin, and when you release oxytocin your self talk is stopped. Add to that the fact that your dog loves you unconditionally, and it’s clear to see how your little furry love-ball can help to keep you free from negativity.
And then there’s the fact that your dog makes you more active. You dog gets you out of bed when they leap on your belly. They get you outside when they want a walk. They make you play with them. And all of that energy burning activity helps keep your body and mind in a healthy, active state.
Dogs also help you to be more mindful. Mindfulness is the state of being non-judgmentally aware of the present moment. Dogs live in the now. They’re not like humans, they don’t dwell in the past. Your dog is active and in the moment. By being around your dog you yourself live in the moment too.
My advice? Go give your dog a great big hug and let him know how much he means to you.