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What are some natural remedies for depression?

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Last Updated: 07/29/2020 at 12:01am
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November 11th, 2014 5:47am
1. Acceptance of the ordeal 2. Reinforcing Positive Self Talk 3. Performing Relaxation Techniques 4. Building Social Contacts
September 19th, 2014 2:10pm
sleep will help you to feel better , and shopping ,visiting good places having dinner outside will help you to feel good :)
October 1st, 2014 8:16pm
I have found pets really help with depression. Drinking a cup of tea and doing things you enjoy can ease sad moments.
October 31st, 2014 12:10am
St. Joseph's Wort, Omega-3 Fish Oil, exercise (at least 25 minutes of brisk exercise a day), proper diet, normal sleeping habits.
November 10th, 2014 10:30pm
Going outside, exercising (this will increase the level of dopamine in your blood, a hormon that makes you feel happy). This is almost a natural anti-depressiva.
September 23rd, 2014 8:20am
There are both some physical and herbal things you can to naturally help Depression. On a physical level creating a routine will help you get up and moving around instead of staying in bed. Eating healthy and getting proper amount of sleep is also vital for helping depression. And on the herbal side St. John Warts has been shown to help improve depression.
October 19th, 2014 3:40pm
In my personal experience, adequate sleep and sunlight in combination with some good quality supplements courtesy of my naturopath, including b-complex vitamins, omega 3's and 5HTP.
October 29th, 2014 6:43pm
Some natural remedies for depression are to get adequate sleep, exercise, talk to friends and family about how you feel, and eating a balanced diet.
November 15th, 2014 10:31pm
From a holistic standpoint, you could always try drinking herbal teas such as ginseng and chamomile that are known to have antidepressant effects. You could also take some St. John's Wort, which is a herbal remedy most commonly found in capsule form. You can usually purchase it at your local Walgreens, CVS, or even Wal-Mart. Non-herbal wise, getting out and exercising increases adrenaline in your system, which helps battle depressive episodes. Also surrounding yourself around loved ones (friends, family, or even pets!) could help brighten your outlook in life, as well.
November 17th, 2014 1:15pm
there are many natural remedies to fight with depression go out meet with new people follow your hobbies
November 18th, 2014 1:33pm
St. Johns wart is a good natural remedy for low mood. As well as exercise to release serotonin (happy chemical) in to the body.
November 18th, 2014 4:31pm
I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL OF ANY SORT. That said, so far I've tried various things. Meditation and calming music have been helpful. I make herbal teas with a mix of chamomile st. John's wort (careful, does not mix well with various medication), lemon balm, passionflower and ashwagandha ,and sometimes mix maca into things I eat. I've also been experimenting with L-thymine and lactium, but can't attest to their effects yet. Kava roots gets me through bouts of anxiety, but do not take it for long periods of time and never with alcohol or medications hard on the liver.
September 5th, 2016 7:27pm
One of the very best things you can do for Depression is any format of excercise. Brisk walking for 20 minutes twice a day can really make a difference. Also, resist the temptation to withdraw from people. Be active and look for ways to have fun and be active.
September 16th, 2014 12:50am
Some natural remedies include going outside and being active, starting conversations with new people, making a conscious effort to smile more often, and engaging in hobbies and activities you typically enjoy.
October 5th, 2014 12:44am
Getting a pet really helped me become less depressed. I also found that baking desserts helps me relieve stress, and that has also been able to keep me happy. :)
October 23rd, 2014 3:03am
Lavender is often a very relaxing herb and can help with depression. I also find that chamomile helps.
October 24th, 2014 6:55am
Making some small changes to your lifestyle. For example, go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Take a walk for 10 min once a week. And talk to someone. Try to not to shut down and hide your feelings .
October 25th, 2014 10:41pm
Exercise, eating better, and sunlight are all natural depression fighters. getting outside and eating three times a day could make a world of difference.
October 27th, 2014 6:41am
What usually works for me are exercises (as it refreshes my mind), enough sleep and relaxation through music, and doing something new and interesting I've always wanted to try. Sometimes, what also works for me is just venting out my worries, fears, and problems to someone whom I know would not judge.
October 29th, 2014 2:09pm
You are the best on you, and it will get better, i promise you. It gets easier, a lot easier. I´m here
October 30th, 2014 11:58am
Mostly we continue thinking about negative things happening to us. We do not see the positive energy around us. Even we take our presence negative.
October 31st, 2014 3:00am
I think that some natural remedies for depression is to stop being alone, get out more, be more social and interact with people. But the tricky part is who to interact with, i highly recommend you stay away from people that make you feel stressed or give you sad irritating thoughts. when i am sad, or upset about something i get in a group of people that are generally happy and positive. It boosts your mood up by a lot.
November 2nd, 2014 11:06pm
While I do think that a lot of advice given on the internet and by others is feelgood nonsense that makes them feel better for trying to help without actually helping, I have found a couple things that help me when I go through depressive bouts. 1) Exercise. It's recommended on almost every list for a reason. Even if it's just going for a walk outside, get up and move for a bit. 2) Gratitude. It's a hard one, especially when everything is spiraling downwards and you don't want to think about it, but focusing on even one good thing can be enough to at least start turning things around. 3) Drink more water. Granted, this isn't going to solve all the issues, and may not even help at all but being dehydrated all the time is going to make you feel even more exhausted, and make it that much harder. There's plenty more advise to be had, but a lot of it varies on a person by person basis. When I start going down a bad path, I try to keep those three in mind, at the very least. Sure, it doesn't solve the overarching issue, but at least gives a little bit of help.
November 4th, 2014 3:48am
Exercise! Also, set goals for yourself. People often make the mistake of thinking that ambition is needed in order to have goals, but the truth is just the opposite: you need goals in order to have ambition. With that ambition comes a sense of purpose, which is a great natural remedy for depression.
November 4th, 2014 4:27pm
While it might not be a remedy exercising does wonders when you are depressed. When you are using your body you release endorfins, which give you a sense of comfort. An added bonus is that you temporarily distracted.
November 10th, 2014 7:01am
There are some awesome motivational speeches on youtube that you can search up :) anything from uplifting music to uplifting readings would be beneficial
November 18th, 2014 2:56pm
It really depends upon the person but for a lot of people exercise helps, it also helps to have a routine as well as making sure you get enough sleep and are eating well.
March 26th, 2015 3:15pm
Laughter therapy is great. Find something that makes you truly smile and laugh and go with it. It helps a lot.
April 23rd, 2015 11:27am
EXERCISE! It releases the Serotonin in the brain which is the 'Happy Hormone'. Activities as small as going for a walk or throwing a ball can make even the tiniest improvement in mood.
May 3rd, 2015 5:33am
A natural remedy for depression is walking, climbing, swimming , camping, most outdoor activities are good for releasing energy and re gaining balance.