Coping with DepressionMarch 16th, 2009 at 8:22 am by Ryan LaRue under Your Money
There are plenty of reasons to be struggling with Depression, Anxiety, and Stress these days, and frankly, all of us could learn how to take better care of ourselves. Here’s a few reminders of good, healthy things we can do for our body whether we’re struggling with finances, worried about our job, or feeling down.
- Sleep and mood are intimately related. Keep a regular schedule and get adequate rest.
- Avoid caffeine and other stimulants. Although they give temporary energy, they can deplete your serotonin levels in the long-run.
- Take a multi-vitamin regularly if you do not eat well. Several vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to depression symptoms.
- For mild to moderate depression, some find that St. John’s Wort, SAMe or 5-HTP can be helpful and may have fewer side-effects. These remedies cost less than prescription medications and help put you in control of your own treatment.
- Get in touch with your spiritual side through prayer or meditation.
- Get more exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to start up a vigorous daily workout. Even a walk around the block can be energizing.
- Avoid excess alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a depressant and toxic to your body as well.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Your thoughts have a direct bearing on your mood. Learning about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you stop the negative thoughts that bring you down.
- Stress can be physically draining. Learn to control your stress levels through time management, meditation, biofeedback training, etc.
- Combat feelings of loneliness by reaching out to others who are less fortunate
Source used was http://depression.about.com/cs/altmedsjw/ht/Naturally.htm
Ryan LaRue MSW
Caledonia/Hastings/Lake Odessa Clinic Manager
9090 S. Rodgers Ct. SE, Suite D