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Three Ways to Overcome Depression Without Meds!

How to overcome despression the natural way, quickly and effectively.

If you’ve ever suffered from moderate or severe depression, you may have realized how complicated and ineffective treatment may be. While popping pills seems to be commonplace in treating this particular mental illness, statistics show that only a third of patients find relief after the first round of medication, while 30 percent depict some degree of treatment resistance. Depression is thus so complex that medication is not sufficient in tackling it completely, which is why neuroscientists still remain baffled after decades of trying to work out ‘the perfect cure’.

So what can be done - especially for those patients who wish to get rid of the meds once and for all? Well, the good news is there are more alternatives than one and they are all-natural!

Here are three ways to toss out the meds and gradually recover from depression with a minimum potential of ever relapsing:

1)      Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

It may sound like a cliché, but until you realize that exercise is your friend and a reliable endorphin booster, you will keep wondering what you’re doing wrong! Exercise has been proven to alter mood-regulating chemicals in the brain, like serotonin and norepinephrine, which elevate the mood and eliminate stressful thoughts and feelings. Exercising doesn’t mean you have to jog several laps around the block or go to the gym daily; exercise includes anything that gets you moving: walking, dancing, biking, yoga, housework, even gardening!

2)      Get your Daily Vitamin and Mineral Boost

Eating healthy is always recommended when dealing with any kind of psychosomatic illness, but did you know there are several specific micronutrient deficiencies linked to depression? Low levels of magnesium for instance have shown to produce depression amongst symptoms like anxiety, stress, and fatigue. A B-complex vitamin deficiency will also have you wallowing in sadness and anxiety, as B vitamins are responsible for mental and emotional well-being. The best way to go about supplementing your micronutrients is by enriching your diet with raw fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, and raw nuts and seeds.

3)      Talk About It

Isolating yourself during a depressive phase may seem like comfort, but it is really the opposite of what you should be doing.  Talking your situation over with a friend or a psychotherapist will take the edge off things and definitely boost your self-esteem in the long run. Simply by listening to another person’s perspective on the matter may affect your own ‘negative scripts’ and alter your way of thinking. Even small efforts like being social can really brighten up your day, as social connections provide support and even solutions to those depressed.

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