You may not think you have depression, but what about a case of the blues? The fact is, more people suffer from a down mood or actual full-blown depression than is often realized.
Depression is a condition that can strike anyone, young or old, healthy or unhealthy. Do not discount the fact it may be impacting you. If you have…
- felt down for more than a few days in a row,
- had difficulty finding the energy you need to do the activities you enjoy during the day, or
- feel as though you have lost your zest for life;
these can all be signs you could be struggling. Many people do not seek proper medical care for depression because they are ashamed to speak of their feelings, but you really should not be. It is more common than you think. Now, this said, many doctors are quick to promote medication to help treat depression. And while meds can certainly help in many cases, do not be too ready to dive into them. The fact is, often natural treatments will work just as well and will not come with the unwanted side effects medications do.
What natural treatments should you consider? Here are three suggestions…
1. Fish Oil. Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, and it is these fatty acids that may help get you. Omega-3 fatty acids can serve to boost your mood and your overall outlook, helping you feel better again sooner.
While you can just eat salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts to get your omega-3 fatty acids, most people are simply not eating enough of these foods on a day-to-day basis to reap the benefits.
2. Exercise. Next, consider getting some exercise. A brisk walk, a session at the gym, or playing your favorite team sport are all great ways to combat feeling down. Exercise causes the release of positive, feel-good endorphins, which will be a good mood booster.
Remember any activity counts here. Do not think it has to be incredibly intense or prolonged in duration to make a difference.
3. Social Interaction. Last but not least, consider social interaction. While getting together with friends may be the last thing on your mind right now, it is something you should be putting effort into.
Those people who have strong connections with others enjoy some protection from feelings of depression and may also bounce back faster from a rough day. So call up a friend or see a family member you have not seen in a while. It may be just what you need.
Keep these three tips in mind and implement them in your life. You may just find you feel a lot better because of them.