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Top 7 Home Remedies for Depression – Fight the Winter Blues!

These top 7 home remedies for depression get you feeling better fast!

Throughout the world, the most common mental disorder is depression. This illness often goes untreated because the sufferers feel too ashamed to ask for help. Even some of our greatest world leaders and thinkers have endured this illness needlessly because they failed to seek out assistance.

Depression is a serious illness. If it persists more than a couple of weeks you should get professional medical advice immediately. Many of us, however, will suffer from temporary bouts of this illness which can, (in our opinion), be treated effectively with home remedies. Using natural substances and traditional practices can quickly lift your spirits and get you feeling good again.

Home Remedies for Depression

  1. Chocolate: I know many of you are jumping for joy to learn that this delectable treat can lift your spirits. But then, many of you knew that already, didn’t you? Before you go out and get your favorite chocolate bar or tub of ice cream, however, read on. Milk chocolate, ice cream, and candy bars will do more to flame your depression rather than relieve it. You need dark, bitter chocolate if it is to help lift your spirits. It may not melt in your mouth with delight, but it will brighten your outlook and is one of the useful home remedies for depression. Find organic bitter chocolate at finer health food stores.
  2. Herbal Treatments: St Johns Wort has been well tested in Germany and elsewhere and found to be effective for relieving mental and emotional stress and sadness. Skullcap is used when suffering panic attacks and lemon balm can help relieve physical tension. If you are taking any drugs for depression you should consult your doctor or health care professional before trying these herbs.
  3. Sunshine: It is well known that those who live in area’s with more sunshine suffer less from depression than those that live in areas with less. Many of us today spend more time inside and when we do spend time outdoors we use heavy sun-blockers to protect our skin. It is highly recommended that you spend 15 – 20 minutes a day in the sun without sun-blocker. If you have any concerns consult your doctor, but for most, this amount of time should be safe and will do much for lifting your mood and making you feel better. Sunshine is one of the most effective home remedies for depression and should be taken advantage of. You can also purchase special light boxes that have shown some effectiveness for this condition.
  4. Spiritual Faith: While many go running at the first mention of spiritualism or religion, even Harvard studies have shown that those with a spiritual faith to believe in suffer less often from depression and when they do have about, it is often short-lived. So how can spiritual faith be one of the home remedies for depression? Those who have faith and believe in a higher power can look there for help when they are feeling low. Many are connected to communities of people who share the same faith and those communities are often very supportive when a member is suffering from the blues.
  5. Exercise: Many of you knew it was coming, but hoped it wouldn’t. While you don’t need to train for the next Ironman contest, taking a daily 30-minute walk or learning some very basic Yoga or Tai Chi, or taking a hike in the woods and enjoying nature can do loads for lifting one’s mood. Don`t overdo it, but by learning to add daily exercise to your routine will make you healthier and make your outlook on life brighter.
  6. Vitamins and Minerals: Good nutrition and getting enough of important vitamins and minerals are important to home remedies for depression. It has been found that those with low levels of folic acid and selenium are more prone to long bouts of depression and sadness. Spinach and other dark greens can be eaten as a good source of folate, (folic acid). Tuna, mackerel and other sea fish are good sources of selenium. In Japan, a seaweed called hijiki has been found useful as one of the good home remedies for depression. It is most effective for emotional well-being if eaten together with foods high in vitamin C which will help the body to absorb its many important nutrients.
  7. Meditation and Deep breathing: Stress is a major contributor to many of today’s most pervasive chronic conditions including depression. Learning to quiet the mind and relieve stress will aid tremendously in reducing or eliminating bouts of depression. Most of us breath short and shallow breaths, depriving our body and mind of needed oxygen. While meditating, do so while concentrating on deep, belly breathing. This will help remove other thoughts and will greatly aid the body and mind. Havard and others have studied meditation along with deep breathing and found that it created what they coined as the “Relaxation Response”. 15 – 30 minutes a day is all it takes to Feel Better.

 

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