As we enter in to day light savings time and begin to experience less light and more darkness, many of us start to exhibit signs and/or begin to suffer from seasonal depression. The sunlight fuels our souls, producing more energy within us. Creativity, ideas, taking actions and steps, living an active and better life becomes less and less prominent and one begins to feel like a flower, loosing it’s color and slowly wilting away.
Often times we turn to medication to help stabilize these moods of darkness, and this is what our medical professionals suggest to us, but does it have to be treated as such? The answer, for me, is no. Below is a beautiful article that can help us move away from depression and darkness and step into action and light as one takes their own health and well being in to their own hands, free from mood stabilizers and chemicals.
While depression is a serious illness, you can fight back against it and win if you know what to do. Of course, if your depression is severe however, it’s important to seek the advice of a physician and sometimes medication may be warranted.
Most people with depression have a mild to moderate form, and they can do a lot to help themselves. By using some tips and tricks to get through depressive episodes, you can feel better and look forward to life.
Handling Depression without Medication…
Conquering your depression is possible and success often comes from believing in what you’re trying to accomplish.
People who succeed keep pressing forward, even if they’re scared or things look difficult. They continue to work because they know there are great rewards awaiting them. You can have those rewards, too!
These strategies may help you handle your depression without medication.
1. Pay attention to what you’re eating.
Critical to how you feel is what you eat! A diet high in sugar is a quick path to feeling lousy and depressed. Sugar is a huge culprit in depression not only because of the quick high followed by a crashing low, but because it is inflammatory. Avoiding sugar helps many people feel much better and steady in their mood. Most grains convert to sugar after you eat them so avoiding grains is important too. Grains are good to avoid too if you’re looking to boost your overall mood and avoid depression.
Many people with depression find that their depression lifts after avoiding gluten as well.
A great resource is TheDr.com.
Likewise, many people who embark on a paleo diet also find that their mood is considerably better. See The Paleo Cure: Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs — Prevent and Reverse Disease, Lose Weight Effortlessly, and Look and Feel Better than Ever.
2. Know who your friends are.
This one can really help a lot. Spend your time with people who share positive attitudes, goals, and beliefs. These kinds of people can help raise your spirits when times are tough. Likewise, avoid people in your life who are “toxic.” The people you spend time with really matters.
Another idea is to get involved in a support group for people with depression. These people, like you, are finding ways to conquer their depression and can be tremendously helpful to you.
3. Find your purpose.
Each one of us has a purpose in this life. If you’re alive, then you matter! It’s a beginning point to work from. Make a list of everything good in your life and the things that make you feel alive. Take time to think about it, and you’ll come up with more than you expect. This can be a starting point to finding your unique gifts and your purpose.
Resources: Take the Leap by Heather McCloskey Beck
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? by Rick Warren
4. Get moving!
Exercise is one of the quickest and best ways to feel better. It might be hard to start exercising if you are feeling depressed but tell yourself that it will help and see to it that you start moving. Exercise provides us with more energy and it’s a scientifically proven mood-booster as well. Start slowly and work up if you need to.
See Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain for data and a detailed explanation about how exercise can be equally effective as prescription anti-depressants.
There’s Even More You Can Do To Conquer Depression
You can feel better quicker if you’re dedicated to making changes in your life. These changes can start out small so you feel comfortable making them. For example, using positive affirmations each day when you wake up can help a lot in feeling good for the rest of the day.
Guided meditation or dedicated times of quiet and reflection are known to help.
Come join us every Monday at Balance for Life for meditation hour