Fighting Depression the Natural Way
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People who have never suffered from depression don’t really understand what it is like and they might even think that it isn’t real and that we should just ‘snap out of it’. But those of us who have suffered from depression know that it isn’t as easy as that! The good news is that you can beat this disorder and you can do it naturally.
It won’t happen just by telling yourself to snap out of it and you won’t overcome depression overnight, it does take time and a bit of effort. You will still experience many bad days along the way, but your aim is to work at eventually having more good days and less bad days.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that you can do to help beat depression.
Negative thinking plays a huge part in depression as your thoughts become more and more negative until positive thoughts are almost non-existent. You might find that it is just negative thoughts constantly flowing through your mind from when you first wake up in the morning until you fall asleep at night.
You start to feel like everything that happens to you is bad and with all your experiences you tend to look only at the negative aspect of them and it becomes almost impossible to see any positive aspects.
So your first goal is to try and reverse this thought process and try hard to put some positive thoughts back into your day. This isn’t going to be easy as your mind is so accustomed to thinking negatively now that it is very difficult to change that.
A good way to start this positive thinking process is to spend some time at the end of each day and write a ‘positive thoughts’ diary. Even if you just start off by writing one positive thing in there each day, I’m sure if you look hard enough you will be able to find one thing that you can see the positive side of. Do not write any negative thoughts in this diary at all, only positive thoughts.
If you struggle to find any positives then keep on looking, even if it is something as simple as ‘being alive’ or ‘having a bed to sleep in’. There are so many little things that we take for granted that are positive, so start looking at these and taking a note of them.
Each day, try to increase the number of positive moments you write in your diary and then try to stop during the day and find a positive aspect of something that you are doing. I guess it is about trying to change from having the ‘glass half empty’ attitude to the ‘glass half full’ attitude.
Try to do something each day that you enjoy, it can be a walk, taking a photo or playing a game. There must be something that you love to do so make an effort to start doing something each day that you like to do, this will help to bring some positive thinking back into your life. Although it will take time, gradually you will start seeing more positives in your life and less negatives.
I know when you are feeling depressed it is difficult to find energy to exercise, but adding some exercise into your routine can help you to feel better. Don’t sit and wait until you have the energy to exercise, if you do that it will never happen. Once you start doing a little bit of exercise each day, your energy levels will begin to increase and the easier it will become.
Your diet can also affect your mind and your moods so a good healthy diet will also assist in helping with your depression. You will begin to feel better and have more energy to do the things that you enjoy.
When you are lacking in some vitamins and minerals, this can also contribute to your moods so it is important to make sure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Although overcoming depression is a long and hard process, it is possible. You will need to be determined to beat your depression and I am sure you will have some bad days along the way.
Try to turn the cycle around so that you begin to have more good days and less bad days and you can succeed at getting your old, happy life back.
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