A traumatic event, a physical change in the body, or simply an inability to deal with the many stresses of life can bring on a bout of depression. Some individuals may have a lower ability to tolerate stress and this also may predispose them to depression. Once struck with depression it can be a battle to recover from its dark effect on yourself and your family.
Depression can come on suddenly or it can develop gradually over many years. Because there are so very many reasons for a person to be depressed it is a very individual illness and what works to help one person heal may not work for another.
The good news is that there are a number of proven natural therapies which can greatly help to relieve the symptoms for many and these natural therapies are quite safe to implement into your lifestyle. There are many effective means to fight depression and it is just a matter of finding the method which works best for you.
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There are many forms of treatment available and whether the depression is psychologically based or physiological in makeup it can be overcome. Time, dedication, and a willingness to change one’s very thoughts, ideals, and attitude can effectively change your emotional outlook. Depression can be overcome.
There are as many ways to escape feeling sad and blue as there are reasons as to why people fall into it. A person's means of relieving the ill effects of depression will depend largely on the factors that sent them there in the first place.
The first important step in healing is to stay active within your life and lifestyle. You must not withdraw within yourself. It is so easy to just bow out from participating in social events when you are feeling low but you must force yourself to not give in to this urge. Life is too wonderful and happiness too amazing an emotion to miss out on.
It is very important to get out and continue to participate in all the little processes of living that make it so worthwhile. Even if at the beginning you feel like you are simply going through the motions of living, just get out there and do it anyways.
Go out for coffee or dinner with friends, go to a hockey or baseball game, join a club, or begin a training program in a particular area of interest. So long as you keep going through all the little processes of living at some point in the future you will begin to realize that you are actually really truly living again even though you may not be aware of when this change began.
Going for a Daily Walk May Help Chase Away Your Blues
Exercise is a tremendous therapy for depression so try to get outside for a daily walk. That daily excursion actually works in a number of ways to help heal depression. Not only is the exercise great for relieving symptoms of depression but getting outdoors also exposes you to sunlight which is an extremely important element in mood control.
Sunlight aides the body in its production of a number of mood enhancing chemicals and a lack of sunlight has been proven to dramatically affect a person's attitude and mood. SADS is a form of depression which can occur if we do not get enough sunlight.
SADS or Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that generally occurs during gloomy winter months or whenever there is distinctly less sunlight hours.
Although some individuals are predisposed to SADS anyone can be affected by this form of depression. If the circumstances just happen to line up in a certain manner then SADS will be experienced by even an otherwise healthy individual.
People who work in occupations where they are not exposed to sufficient light or individuals who live in communities without a lot of sunlight hours may also be at risk of developing SADS. If you do not get exposure to sufficient sunlight then you are at risk of developing this Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Walking is a great form of exercise for aiding in the relief of depression. Going for a short walk each day will expose you to sunlight, increase your oxygen, and give your body the daily exercise that it requires. Exercise is extremely important for a person's emotional as well as physical well being. Going for a walk is a wonderful form of exercise because it is one that most individuals can participate in and adjust to their level of fitness.
Let Your Endorphins Out to Play
Most types of exercise will aide in the relief of depression so try to stay as active as possible. When you exercise you release a little feel good chemical known as an Endorphin. These Endorphins are a chemical message in the brain that travels down your spine and throughout your body. They are similar in strength to morphine and can eliminate feelings of emotional or physical pain when they are present.
You can release these chemical messages to your body when you exercise, smile, laugh, or enjoy pleasurable experiences. So being happy can actually make you happy. You just have to go through the motions.
Make yourself smile, make yourself laugh, these emotions may not feel genuine when you first begin to make a conscious effort to put them forth, but at some point in the future they will.
The more that you encourage happy gestures such as smiling and laughing then the more often you will find yourself naturally smiling more often. Genuine laughter on a more regular basis will also be there and each time that you participate in these pleasurable activities you will feel less depressed. You will be flooding your body with endorphins.
Surround Yourself in Positive Thoughts and Messages
Another very important and completely natural method of relieving depression is to remove negativity from your thoughts and your lifestyle. There will always be issues that you don't enjoy dealing with in life but you cannot let them control your life.
Sometimes people spin into a negative way of thinking and must discover or relearn how to develop a positive attitude toward their life. It is a process of changing your view toward yourself. You must basically brainwash yourself by blocking negative messages and substitute these with positive messages instead.
Positive feedback is very important for maintaining a positive attitude toward life. Although it is nice to receive compliments from others this positive feedback does not have to come from external sources. It really is okay to compliment yourself throughout the day.
Encourage yourself. Pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with positive feedback throughout the day whenever it is needed. Tell yourself how wonderful you are. Tell yourself how strong and capable you are. Tell yourself how truly amazing you are. We are human and we need to hear these positive messages to encourage us on to successful outcomes in our undertakings.
Maintain a Clean and Attractive Appearance
When you look good you feel good. A new haircut, outfit, or make-up can increase your mental outlook. Always dress to look good. Focus on keeping your appearance, clean, neat, and attractive. Treat yourself to a new haircut, hairstyle, manicure, or pedicure.
When you look in the mirror ignore any negative qualities and focus on your positive ones. Tell yourself that you are beautiful and practice postures, expressions, and poses that will highlight your best features. Yes, this means you guys too. Surround yourself with positive messages, quotes, and compliments. Get any negative thoughts out of your thoughts.
Practicing your most attractive poses will actually help you feel more natural when you display these looks in public. You will definitely feel more positive about yourself when you are more confident in your appearance.
Confidence is a very attractive quality to other people so work very hard at become more self assured. Take an assertiveness course to help you. These principles are very helpful and take only a short time to learn.
Always try to stand tall, and use correct posture, also very important is to make eye contact with individuals that you meet. Again these things may not feel natural when you first begin to practice them, but they will become genuine the longer, and more comfortable that you become with them.
It Really is Okay to Say No
Reduce the stress in your life. Feeling overwhelmed by life and the many issues that occur within it can lead to depression. There are often times when you will be able to reduce the pressure in your lifestyle even though you may not think that you can.
Eliminate stresses that you are able to. Reduce your obligations or step backwards and reduce your lifestyle goals. Yes, you are allowed to lower your expectations for yourself.
Take time for yourself and time to simply relax. Take time to play. Play is an important way for you to begin to enjoy your life more.
Don't Take on More Than You Can Handle
It's Important to Know That You Deserve More
I have fought very hard to become the woman that I am today and I continue to fight to become the most content person that I can be. My battle was not to escape depression but instead to keep myself from becoming depressed against a series of circumstances which threatened to steal my very desire to exist.
I was very lucky to have been raised by a father with an exceptionally positive and optimistic outlook on life. His memory carried me through the toughest of times and serves to remind me how desperately I want to truly enjoy my life.
You too can change your life. It just takes courage and the willingness to change. If you are unable to accomplish this on your own then please consult with a medical professional for help.
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