Effective natural treatments for depression

Articles on depression self help: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

You stay in control of your own recovery with proven natural or alternative treatments for depression. There are no nasty side-effects from these treatments. To motivate you, do listen to at least the first few minutes of the interview on the video!

It may be that you feel your depression is in part due to relationship problems. By treating your depression naturally you are going to be much more capable of doing something about that too. You'll find plenty resources on my site to help you improve your relationship or marriage.

Important: please seek help from a doctor or mental health professional right now if you are feeling suicidal at this moment.

How to overcome depression without medication

The great of advantage of using natural treatments for depression is that you make your own choices. That is SO important to look for alternative treatment for depression when you want to beat that horrible condition! I have a whole list on this page to help you cope with all the symptoms on the road to a permanent recovery.

Taking prescribed antidepressants often contributes to you feeling out of control. The drugs are causing whatever is happening to you, not your own efforts. Feeling powerless in the face of life-events may even have caused your poor mental state in the first place.

Unfortunately prescribed antidepressants are also more likely to increase your chances of suffering further episodes of depression. All the more reason to use natural treatments. with herbal remedies, supplements and all the activities in this article.

Your own body is very capable of producing the very best and safest of natural antidepressants. It only needs a bit of encouragement with some alternative treatments and kindness. It’s really important that you start taking care of yourself with the benefit of the best advice available. That’s why I’m here for you now.

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Grade your mood before starting with alternative treatment or medicine

When you use natural treatments to beat that depression you want to be able to track your progress and recovery. So, it's important to grade your recovery.

Consider how you are feeling between 0 and 10 before and after any activity, where 0 = suicidal and 10 = ‘deliriously’ happy. You can fill in the 'in-betweens'.

Then do these every day to keep moving forward step-by-step:

5 Tips for treating your depression without medication

  1. Decide on - and commit to - actions that are most likely to make you feel good first thing in the morning.
  2. Plan your day - hour-by-hour. Set realistic, achievable goals, so that you can measure your success.
  3. Reward yourself after any activity that is not immediately rewarding in itself.
  4. Focus on what is going well, however small a step!
  5. Track your progress in a journal

Remember that if you are feeling low, you may not necessarily be suffering from depression - you may just be having a lousy day. No natural depression treatments needed for that! Just make sure that your essential emotional needs are met. Check out my page on the Human Givens for further information.

Natural cures for depression

None of the following activities require you to take any medication whatsoever and yet all contribute to you feeling better - much better - very quickly. They may not be the natural cures you are looking for, but a combination of natural remedies and some of the activities below will help to cure you.

10 Tips to improve your mood today for free

  1. Stop ruminating! That is - stop yourself going over and over the same problems, as that is what's maintaining your depression.
  2. Familiarise yourself with 'earthing' (search also YouTube for videos on how to do it safely). This is the one of the simplest strategies to overcome depression that is not necessarily going to cost you anything.
  3. Go for a brisk walk, a cycle ride or go swimming (at least 30 mins three times a week). Aerobic exercise increases feel-good hormones (endorphins) in your body.
  4. Do something creative - dig out your long-forgotten projects or find a new course to take (there are plenty, often free, internet offerings these days to enjoy from the comfort of your home).
  5. Stop giving yourself a hard time! Relentlessly bullying yourself generates depression.
  6. Stop procrastinating!

I really want you to take action, because you're not going to get better hiding under the duvet or slouched on the couch aimlessly flicking through TV channels.

If by any chance your unfortunate to suffer from anxiety as well, then I recommend you have a look at Panic Miracle formula. It was developed by health researcher and natural health expert Chris Bayliss, who in the past suffered himself badly from anxiety.

5 tips to stop negative thinking

  1. Keep a Journal/diary and note down during the day when you FEEL OK.  It will deal with your negative bias and you might be pleasantly surprised.
  2. Notice and challenge ‘black and white’ / ’all or nothing’ thinking and listen out for it in other people, without judging it in either yourself or others.  Focusing on others will stop you becoming too self-absorbed.
  3. Allow yourself time to worry (if you really need to!) – but at the most, just half an hour a day.
  4. Write your worries down to ‘separate’ yourself from them at that time.  This is one of the best natural depression treatments.  You are not your worries - there is SO much more to you!
  5. Make a list of six things to distract yourself when you find yourself worrying, so that you can focus your attention outwards, rather than inwards.
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How are you sleeping at the moment?

Sleep and dreaming are absolutely vital for mental health. Advice on natural depression treatments should always include advice on how to improve sleep.

  • First and foremost, follow the advice on changing negative introspection.
  • Follow the advice on exercise.
  • Visit my page on Natural Sleep Remedies to start your exploration
  • Solve problems you do have a measure of control over.  Visit my page on Problem Solving Strategies and Techniques.

The very best natural depression treatments

To be yourself in a world that is trying to make you in something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can get better - all by yourself, by using natural depression treatments! Look at all the ideas offered here. There must be some that really appeal to you. Don't rely on one or two - decide on several.  Keep an eye on your budget of course - I wouldn't want you to add to any money problems you might already have.

Bit by bit you can piece your life back together.  The colour will return and you can feel better than ever!  'Trying' is only the start.  You just have to believe it and go for it.  You deserve to feel happy.

Consider also using self-hypnosis. It will calm, sooth, settle your emotions and lift your mood. It is one of the best alternative treatments for depression. Have a look at it yourself on my page FAQ About Hypnosis.

What you need to know about prescribed antidepressants

Watch/listen to find out why you really want to use natural treatments for depression rather than take the 'happy pills' your doctor might prescribe.

We're not done yet! Read on... Part 2: How to Deal with Depression

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 of my articles on depression self help

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References

*Wium-Andersen M, Ørsted D, Nielsen S, Nordestgaard B. Elevated C-Reactive Protein Levels, Psychological Distress, and Depression in 73 131 Individuals. Elevated CRP Levels and Psychiatric Illness. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2012; DOI: 10.1001/2013.jamapsychiatry.102

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