Natural Antidepressant Options you should Try
Whenever you feel low or depressed, it may not really be because of something serious. The next time you feel low or anxious, don’t take an antidepressant right away, rather try these natural and effective remedies.
Suffering from depression? Well, it’s a common problem for most of us. You too like everyone must be dealing with a lot pressure and stress in your life. Work pressure and busy schedules along with several possible reasons make you often feel low, however stress may not be the only the reason behind your depression. There could be others reasons like deficiency of vitamin D, lack of enough sleep, etc. Hence, the next time you feel a little low or depressed, try these natural antidepressants before taking an antidepressant medicine. Image Courtesy: Getty
The main role of antidepressants is to increase the blood levels of a brain chemical known as serotonin by hampering the reuptake of serotonin by the brain receptors. However, you may do the same thing with the help of some foods like fish and nuts containing omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help the brain by stimulating the functioning of serotonin and improving the functioning in the hippocampus, a part of the brain which is involved in the formation and storage of memory. Some reports suggest that people with high levels of omega-3 have higher level of brain volume as compared with those with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Image Courtesy: Getty
Black pepper is one of the world's most widely and frequently used spice. It contains piperine, a compound that stimulates the nervous system and inhibits the activity of molecules that are responsible for depression. It also increases the levels of serotonin and noradrenaline. According to a study published in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, piperine possesses anti-depression like activity and cognitive enhancing effects that improve brain functioning. Sprinkle a pinch of black pepper powder on salad or use it as seasoning. Image Courtesy: Getty
Listening to your favourite music may get you relief from various mental issues such as depression. You can enhance your language skills, creativity and happiness by following a regular music therapy. It can be understood with the help of seven major chakras of our body that are aligned in straight form from spine to the top of the head. The alignment gets disturbed when you feel low or depressed. Listening to music provides you relief from depression by realigning these chakras. Image Courtesy: Getty
Regular physical activity like walking can relieve the symptoms of depression. When you exercise, your body tends to release the feel good hormones, endorphins and testosterone which reduce stress levels. Walking promotes feelings of pleasure, tranquility and encourages the production of body’s natural opiates knows as endorphins thereby reducing the pain of depression. There is no need to perform strenuous exercises, even walking for 30 minutes every day can make a huge difference. Image Courtesy: Getty
Are you getting enough sleep? Well, if you’re not, here is what you should know. Lack of sleep is one of the common factors that causes irritability, mood swings and depression. You should take around eight-hours of uninterrupted sleep to keep depression and other negative feeling at bay as it helps your brain to relax by stimulating the production of stress-busting hormones. Sleep loss can make you feel fatigued and tired which allows negative feelings, especially depression to creep in. Image Courtesy: Getty
If you love to drink those large coffee mugs, you should be worried about the number of mugs you finish every day. Whenever you feel low or a little stressed the first thing you should try is to cut down your coffee and alcohol intake. Otherwise it will only make things worse for you. If you smoke, then you know what you should better do. Quit smoking and notice the improvement. Not only will you be able to fix depression and stress, you will also be moving towards an improved overall health. Image Courtesy: Getty
Find some place dark and calm for yourself and spend some time alone thinking of nothing. Just sit down comfortably in a dark room and concentrate on your breathing. Take slow deep breaths without letting your mind think on anything. Concentrating on your breathing will help you keep your mind calm. You will soon find a lot of improvement in your stress levels. It can also help you get rid of an annoying headache. Image Courtesy: Getty
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