Good news: there are many ways to break out of depression naturally.
Studies such that meditation helps depression arguably more than anything else, but there are other natural treatments for depression too.
It is about damned time that the world turned to natural treatments for depression, as an alternative to antidepressants.
It was reported recently that 1 in 10 US adults take antidepressants .
Sickening fact, isn’t it?
What makes it worse is that less than a third of the people taking antidepressants have actually visited a mental health professional in the past twelve months.
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.
Some people do not need antidepressants. Some people just need some good old fashioned advice to stop painful feelings.
So you think feelings of depression are unnatural
Do you think your feelings of depression are unnatural? They might be, perhaps.
We all suffer from feelings of depression from time to time. It is very easy to start feeling depressed. Not exercising. Unhealthy diets. Screen addiction. These are all causes of depression. But often, it’s not actually clinical depression.
Many people also confused sadness for depression. TV is to blame for this. We constantly see adverts for medication. Pharmaceutical companies spend $5.2 billion per year on advertising in order to convince you that you need their products.
It works like this:
- You feel sad
- You look or a reason why you’re upset (even though negative emotions are normal)
- You see one of the millions of TV ads that tell you you might have depression and that you should take antidepressants
- You think “Maybe my sadness is depression”
- You start to believe that you are sad because you have depression
- Because of the nature of the brain, your mind now looks for ways to confirm your negative belief.
- You see all the evidence that you’re depressed
- You logically reason that you have depression
- You go on antidepressants
- Or you just give up TV and get out o the vicious loop
Studies show that 60 percent of people diagnosed with depression do not actually meet the criteria for the disorder .
It can be hard to know if you’re actually depressed. And that is one reason why many depression therapists recommend natural treatments instead of medication.
Thankfully there are ways to turn negative emotions into positive ones. There are ways to break out of depression naturally. Let’s take a look at the best.
How to break out of depression naturally
1: Go to a counselor:
There is no shame in going to a counsellor 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 a lot. It will make you see that there are solutions and that there are ways to beat depression that do not include unhealthy medications.
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 you counsel 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 my personal tips on beating depression is to Zen Walking Meditation.
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 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. 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.
Research shows that people who eat large amounts of commercial and baked foods are 51 percent more likely to develop depression 
Include some power foods in your diet.
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 too.
It’s hilarious that something as simple as laughter can cure depression, but it DOES. Grab yourself all the funniest movies ever, sit down and watch them and laugh your ass off.
An even better idea: practice the Buddhist meditation technique Smiling Buddha (mindful laughing). This technique has been used for thousands of years to cultivate joy and happiness.
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 focusing your mind 100% on your breathing and not on anything else. Let’s do it right now. Try these simply breathing meditations at home. They’ll help you to relax.
8. Get in a routine:
When fighting depression naturally you need to establish a routine. This will give your brain structure and hep you to stay active throughout the day.
7:30 eat a mindful breakfast
8: get read for work
9: start work
1: Lunch (meditate during lunch break)
5: finish work
5:30 Get home from work and get gym clothes on
6: Exercise for an hour
7: Eat a mindful dinner
7:30 Meditate for half an hour
8: Relax for the evening
10: Bed (stick to a regular bedtime)
- Bonus points for including some hobbies. Studies show that having hobbies is good for mental health.
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. Alternative, use sleep mantras.
A good option is to improve sleep quality with nighttime meditations.
10. Get a dog
Studies show that people who have dogs are less likely to have 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.
And of course, being a meditation website, THE DAILY MEDITATION also has a huge guide to spiritual healing techniques that work. Take a look.
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