Seven Ways to Beat Depression

Depressions strikes even the most upbeat people. Whether they sink into a long-term slump, or the suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), they need a way to get themselves back on top of their emotions, and be able to control their depression without letting it control them. Here are seven ways that can be done.

Therapy

Therapy is one of the best ways to overcome the irrational feelings that reside deep within. But don’t think that therapy has to be sitting in a counselor, therapist, or psychologist office. Instead, some of the best therapy is sitting around the kitchen table with family and friends. Simply talk about life, feelings, love, or whatever. The company that you keep, as long as they are positive and upbeat, will help you overcome your depression.

Exercise

Exercise is the cure for just about every illness that humans suffer from. However, it is also the most overlooked medication that a person can use. Science has shown that vigorous exercise helps to release endorphins. These hormones are often called happy hormones because they can elevate one’s feelings.

Sunlight

Sunlight is one where you have to be careful. While ample sunlight can help boost Vitamin D absorption, it can also burn the skin and lead to cancer. Getting a few minutes of direct sunlight can help to bring one’s mood from depressed to elated. In fact, even just being in bright light can have the same effect.

Eating Right

When you’re depressed one of the last things you want to do is to eat. When you do eat, it is often greasy foods that make you feel better for the moment, but in the long run only worsen the depression. Although it is hard, consuming plenty of veggies and whole grains will help boost your mood considerably. Here’s the kicker though: drink more water. Water will help your brain function more efficiently, help your body feel better, and your mood will improve because of it.

Laughter

Feeling down? Read some jokes, watch a funny movie, or get together with friends and have a good time. The simple act of laughing helps to create those endorphins, and it will bring up the mood in no time. For best results, laugh with friends and family.

Hobbies

When we get down, we tend to become lazy and not want to do anything. However, having hobbies can help to bring up the mood. It directs our focus away from the irrational thoughts and emotions that are weighing us down, and focuses them on something else.

Medication

If all else fails, medication can help to alleviate depression. However, this should be used with caution, as many drugs have dangerous side effects. Instead of relying on the medication, it should be used as a short term solution to really pick you up out of the deepest and darkest slumps.

If you suffer from depression, whether it is chronic or short-term, there are natural ways that you can utilize to beat that depression. Follow all 6 of these ways, and only use the medication as a short-term solution. You will find that your mood improves, and stays improved, much better than popping pills.