Friday, May 18, 2012

Natural Ways to Treat Mild Depression

At some point in life, mild depression affects everyone. Life is full of ups and downs and a person’s mood can be just as bumpy. Instead of drowning sorrows in pain-numbing methods such as excessive drinking, drug use or over-indulgence in food, there are healthy ways to actually trick the brain into being happy.

Here are five ways to boost your brain into creating more endorphins and thus create a feeling of natural happiness:

1. Daily Exercise

The immediate benefit of exercise is a better mood. Breaking a sweat literally clears the body and mind of toxins. In addition, mild physical exertion causes the brain to cope with this exertion by producing endorphins. Endorphins make us feel happy for the entire day.

2. Small Doses of Daily Sunshine

Small doses of sun have been scientifically proven to replenish the body of vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to improve mood and to support emotional well-being. Furthermore, the warmth of the sun causes the body to sweat. This sweat clears the body of toxins. The sun also emits infrared rays that heal various ailments and skin conditions.

3. Give Up Fried Foods

You certainly don’t have to give up fried foods forever. Just give them up until your mood improves. Then, eat fried foods sparingly. Fried foods deposit high levels of fat and grease in your body. Since the body and mind are connected, the mind is unhappy when the body is fed junk.

4. Make a Phone Call

Reaching out and connecting with another human being is healing. If a good friend isn’t available, contact a depression help online such as Depression Connect. When we suffer with mild depression alone, we live in our head and feed our own negative thoughts. Reaching out to another person will force you to take your attention off yourself and focus on someone else for a bit.

5. Help Someone Else

Force yourself to see how the other side lives. That is, spend time volunteering at a soup kitchen or any other charity that is in need of help. Seeing how hard other people have it can snap you out of any sad feeling you are entertaining.

If you are experiencing bouts of melancholy, take comfort and know that you are not alone. If you are having suicidal thoughts or your depression is not lifted by any of the above-mentioned methods, seek the help of a medical professional right away. You may be suffering with clinical depression or another treatable condition.

Note: The above entry is a guest blog entry.

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