Depression is a major scourge that has long been underrepresented as one of the major medical problems plaguing the modern world.
Going well beyond the emotional side of things, depression comes in many different forms and can lead to fatigue, anxiety, pain, weakened immune systems, and in many extreme cases death whether by suicide or because of the negative health factors that come in conjunction with depression.
In fact, according to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention nearly 45,000 people took their own life directly in 2016. While this most devastating ending to depression smashes the economy, lives, and families, it goes to show just how important it is to start the fight against even the mildest of depression from the very beginning.
The good news is that there are many natural treatments for mild depression that can help an individual stop mild depression from becoming major depression, and in many instances taking advantage of these following seven known natural treatments can go a long way towards fully treating the mild depression and even curing it.
So read on and if you struggle with mild depression at times try to make these practices a common part of your life and see just how much things can improve.
*Before putting of these tips to the test, though, it’s important to note that you should always consult a medical doctor to decide the best course of treatment when it comes to depression.
1: Get Out & Get Some Exercise
Not only is exercise good for physical health but it has many amazing mental and psychological benefits, as well. Exercise actually has a biological effect on the body.
According to several studies by the Harvard School of Medicine exercise releases positive hormones into the body that directly help happiness levels like serotonin while also fighting common causes/symptoms of depression in indirect ways, as well.
Exercise is the best way to kill stress, not just in your head but also purging the stress hormone Cortisol from the body.
A lack of Vitamin D has also been shown as a depression issue in some people and one of the benefits of a good brisk walk on a sunny day will be getting that boost of warm sunshine and Vitamin D to fight that mild depression.
Outdoor exercise is great but any type of exercise can do the trick.
2: Intelligent Use Of Proven Herbal Supplements Like CBD Oil
There are many herbal supplements out there that claim to help fight depression, and some of them have pretty convincing cases while others seem to be based on rumor or placebo effect.
So how do you know which is which? This is going to take some research and if most of the research is being done online then you will have to be very careful about sources.
Just because the website is at the top of Google doesn’t necessarily mean it is the most reliable option.
One supplement that has shown strong positive results with a wide array of tests is CBD Oil (read more about it).
One of the major arguing points for medical cannabis for years were the positive effects it had for many people on killing anxiety and helping alleviate depression.
CBD Oil has all of these benefits and even incredibly reputable places like the Mayo Clinic are lifting up CBD Oil as a great way to help fight mild depression.
3: Eat Healthy
If you have never paid a lot of attention to diet, you might be amazed by just how much difference even small changes in diet can make.
There are some rules on healthy eating that are going to be relatively universal. Eating more protein if you have a protein deficiency can be all you need to feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally, as can addressing any severe vitamin shortage you have in your particular diet.
For most people, the more white sugar that can be cut out of the diet the better. Think about junk foods loaded with chemicals and trim those, as well.
While it can sometimes be hard to narrow it down to one chemical or one ingredient that makes mild depression more likely, there’s a direct correlation between eating a lot of sugar and junk food and having higher rates of depression.
Keeping in mind that obesity can be a partial cause of depression or make it more likely, and those rules are easy to follow.
Some people really react negatively to eating a lot of carbs, while others don’t.
The same can be said for fat.
While avoiding sugar and junk food is a really good option for everyone, doing a little bit of tweaking about what you eat and when you eat it over time can help you learn about what foods are natural medicine for you and which ones need to be used with caution.
Experiment with diet, consider an allergy test for foods (many people have minor food allergies and don’t even know it), and see what the results are so you can adjust your diet accordingly.
4: Get Enough Sleep
This is a huge factor that affects so many different areas of health and yet it gets ignored by far too many people.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) is one of many organizations focusing not only on the importance of a good night’s sleep for health but also how not getting consistent sleep can be heavily adverse to your health.
There are clear links between mood and the amount of quality sleep that a person enjoys on a nightly basis and how often they suffer from depression. The more consistently sleep-deprived a person is the more likely he or she is to also suffer from mild forms of depression, as well.
Healthy amount of sleep means just that. Just as a person can sleep too little, they can also sleep too much and that is also unhealthy.
Getting the right amount can seem bothersome at first, but taking care to get the proper amount of healthy sleep over time is one of the best long-term things a person can do for their health and for keeping depression at bay.
5: Cut Back on the Caffeine
This can seem counter-intuitive, especially if one of your main depression symptoms is fatigue, but while limited amounts of caffeine are just fine people who report a large daily intake tend to have higher levels of anxiety and that can easily led to higher instances of depression, as well.
One important thing to note here is how many people get their caffeine from unhealthy means like soda pop or energy drinks which are obviously a very different source than coffee or tea.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that even from “good” or “better” sources having too much caffeine can lead to anxious energy, anxiety, and those two things often lead to depression – especially after long-term habits and/or exposure.
Meditation is a powerful tool for not only learning how to focus and becoming more centered, but many university studies have shown that people who meditate not only report better focus, concentration, and less stress, but tests designed to measure anxiety, depression, stress, and related conditions show physical improvements from all of these.
That is a lot of positive health work for a routine that anyone can learn and practice in their daily lives no matter where they are.
The ability to center emotions, learn to focus on the good and be able to separate yourself mentally from causes of mild depression are all powerful tools that meditation brings to the table.
Since meditation can be used with aromatherapy and other practices to reduce depression it becomes an even more valuable exercise.
7: Stick to a Routine
There are actually two parts to this step. The first is making sure your stress, anxiety, or depression isn’t coming from being too busy or too stretched by time restraints. Assuming that isn’t the case, then setting up a constant routine is a major way to help reduce depression.
People like order, even those who really generally hate schedules or are “free spirits” do better with some type of a basic schedule or routine that keeps certain things steady like when they go to sleep, when they wake up, put in daily meditation each day at the same time, etc.
This allows for a routine which can help fight the doubts and mental angst that tend to kick in with a lot of free time and if a person doesn’t have anything going on finding purpose through charity work, connecting with groups or organizations, or starting a new hobby or project will help boost your self-esteem, your sense of purpose, and that helps keep depression at bay.
There are many different ways to fight mild depression and chances are actually pretty good that if you’ve had these issues you’ll find more than one on here that could help you out.
Implementing one or more of these natural treatments will help give the majority of people the full set of tools they need in order to overcome mild bouts of depression.
Give these a try and as always seek medical help for major bouts of depression, there are always options to help see you through the darkest times!