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6 natural alternatives to antidepressants

6 natural alternatives to antidepressants

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  • Jul 20, 2018

We live in a society where strong pills are prescribed at the first sign of trouble. But while antidepressants are a necessary precaution for people with severe and clinical depression, there are scores of patients prescribed medication they needn’t be taking.

If you suffer from moderate levels of anxiety, depression or unhappiness, you might very well find real relief from all-natural techniques with none of the side effects a potent pharmaceutical drug inevitably delivers.

At the very least, you could do far worse than incorporating one of these tips into your routine for just a little while. You never know: it might do you a world of good.

Develop a routine in which exercise is front and center

Sorry to peddle the cliché, but exercise really is a life-changer, and a cardiovascular workout is especially good at alleviating depressive symptoms. Scientists believe that time running spikes feel-good serotonin in the brain that’s as effective as a strong antidepressant like Sertraline.

The good thing about running for forty minutes and working up a sweat is that you’ll tire yourself out, getting a good night’s sleep in the process.

There’s no excuse for not going for a run in the park in the morning or during your lunch break, or hitting the treadmill when you’ve got a minute to spare in the evening.

Yet many people cite a lack of time as a barrier to exercising, which brings us to our next point…

Take control of your time

We all have enough time to get a lot more done in a day. The key is to take control of that time. Because in the end, being passive does more harm than good.

Why not get up an hour earlier in the morning and go for a jog? Or spend thirty fewer minutes watching TV in the evening, and use this time to plan tomorrow so that you wake up feeling less frazzled? Or how about putting your phone down and not worrying about what’s going on social media, and cultivating a hobby completely removed from the digital landscape? Making little changes will prevent the feeling you’re going through the motions and will reaffirm the feeling that you’re in control.

Try mindfulness

So much of the time, we’re anxious because we can’t control the way we feel. And our overriding urge is to stop that feeling, put it in check, ensure normalcy reins.

The art of mindfulness teaches you to be at peace with yourself; at ease with the highs and lows of the workday; simply and contently mindful of the way you’re feeling. Ultimately, all emotions – both positive and negative – are temporary in the end.

Practice mindfulness techniques by watching YouTube videos or better yet, sign up for a class.

Eat a big breakfast – and not cereal

One of the best ways to put your body into an anxious state is to eat the wrong foods first thing in the morning. Cereals, muesli and yogurt, and a great many of the “health” foods on the market are all no-nos. These foods are loaded with added sugar and all this does is put your body into a charged, overactive state. Ease yourself into the day by eating a high-protein breakfast of eggs and bacon and avocado. After a few weeks of doing this day in, day out, you might begin to notice a very real difference.

Top up on B vitamins

There’s evidence to suggest that people with depression suffer from a lack of vitamin B in some cases, and particularly vitamin B6.

Cut out alcohol

Alcohol might make you feel good in the short term, but those mood-boosting effects are temporary and there’s evidence to suggest that in the long term it actually increases your likelihood of depression. So give the booze a miss – at least for a little while.

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