Natural treatments for depression
How to deal with depression without medication
Use natural treatments for depression to avoid all the
horrible side effects from prescribed antidepressants and stay
in control of your own recovery.
As your depression is likely to affect your personal
relationships too, and may
have been caused by relationship problems, do read my pages on
relationship advice too.
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 taking
natural treatments for depression is that you make your
own choices. That is SO important when you want to beat that
Taking prescribed antidepressants often contributes to your
feeling out of control - the
drugs are doing whatever it is that is happening to you,
not your own efforts. The reason you got depressed in the
first place may have been that you already felt powerless in the
face of life-events. Unfortunately prescribed
antidepressants are also more likely to increase your chances of
developing further episodes of depression.
All the more reason to treat that depression naturally, including
using herbal remedies, supplements (see link further down to Natural Antidepressants) and a
diet for depression. 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 natural treatments, such as for example fish oil.
It is really important that you start taking care of yourself
with the benefit of the best advice available.
Pick one activity to
improve your mood today!
None of the following activities
require you to take any medication whatsoever and yet all
contribute to your feeling better - much better - very quickly.
- First of all - familiarise yourself with 'earthing' (link
below). This is the one most simplest of strategies that
you can do, that is not necessarily going to cost you
anything. Dr Billy has also written how inflammation is
reduced by earthing and the link between inflammation and
depression (link below).
- Go for a massage or reflexology. Do a course in massage
- Go for a brisk walk or a cycle ride (at least 30 min. 3 x a
week). Aerobic exercise increases feel-good hormones
(endorphins) in your body.
- Join a gym or aerobic exercise class. Watch this 9
minute video (# 2 of 7) about the benefits of exercise for
depression. Dr Mercola here is interviewing medical
journalist Robert Whitaker, who has written several books about
the dangers of antidepressants. If you have time, I
certainly urge you to watch at the very least the first part of
the seven in this series.
- Go swimming regularly.
Take swimming lessons - learning any new skill helps.
- Join a tai chi, yoga or
meditation class - fantastic for lowering stress and
- Improve your mood initially
within just 20 minutes and go on to permanently cure
your depression with the Complete Depression Recovery System
- Do something creative
- dig out your long-forgotten projects, find a course.
- Stop giving yourself a hard
time! Relentlessly bullying yourself generates
- Make that decision -
stop procrastinating. Not sure what to do?
- Check out the proven
remedy: MindSoothe for for Depression,
Insomnia, OCD and Anxiety from the amazing company Native
- Eliminate your anxiety with Panic
Grade your mood
Consider how you are feeling
between 0 and 10 before and after any activity - 0 = suicidal, 10
= ‘deliriously’ happy.
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! Just make sure that
your essential emotional needs are met. See my page: the human givens for further
information (link below).
Every morning decide on, and commit to, actions that are most
likely to make you feel good. Plan your day.
be yourself in a world that is trying to make you
something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
5 Tips to stop negative thinking
- 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
- 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
- Allow yourself time to
worry (if you really need to!) - half an hour a day.
- 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!
- 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.
10 Tips to raise your self-esteem
See also the link to: How to improve your self-esteem (see
- Turbo-charge your self-esteem
with the Build Your Self-Esteem hypnosis download (via my page Hypnosis
- Stretch yourself --
physically, intellectually, emotionally; self-esteem comes from
being competent in several areas of your life. Ensure you
set achievable goals - you want to be pleased with yourself
- However awful you might feel - do look out for things you
can be grateful for
- Frequently remind yourself
of your achievements: passing an exam, promotion, bringing up
children, organising a party, managing a move, sorting finances,
finishing a project, or simply going out. Write them down.
- Find and get involved
in a new interest, perhaps something you have always wanted to
do; contact your Adult Education Center/local college.
- Do some voluntary work
to help you meet your emotional needs.
- Remind yourself that
there is no failure, only feedback.
- Look after yourself:
create a super healthy menu for the week, then shop.
- Forget about following
a diet to lose weight, other than prescribed by a professional
for health reasons - 9 out of 10 diets fail.
your marriage or relationship - Click the link to read my
review of the marriage repair system by Lee Baucom, PhD
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
- Follow the advice on exercise.
- Visit my page on natural
sleep remedies and insomnia
treatments (link further down)
- Solve problems you do have a measure of control over.
Visit my page on problem
solving strategies and techniques.
- Set realistic, achievable goals, so that you can measure your
- Reward yourself after any activity that is not rewarding in
The very best
natural depression treatments
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 of two - decide on several. Keep an eye
on your budget of course - I would not want you to add to any
money problems you might have.
Bit by bit you can piece your life back together. The
colour will return and you can feel better than ever!
'Trying' isn't going to do it. You just have to believe it
and go for it. You deserve to feel happy, which is much
easier to achieve with hypnosis - it will calm your emotions,
settle you down and lift your mood - one of the best natural
depression treatments. I strongly the Complete
Depression Recovery Formula - it's safe and effective.
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Other helpful links:
- Treating women's depression might help them lose
and Science in Sports and Exercise
- Team sports are good for
In The Mind
- Psychiatrist John Sharp about depression and the
Images courtesy of: 1 Nicholas Raymond;
2 Ilker; 3 Spekulator