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No matter how charismatic our personality is, or how pleasant our life seems, there are times when we reach a state of depression. Alleviating depression with medication is not always an option, especially those with a lack of medical coverage.Though medication can be a potent source of relief, there are natural ways to deal with depression. Exercising in a sport or casual cardiovascular workouts, eating a stable and varied diet, and expression of creativity are all pathways to aid the end of a depression.
Exercise: Sport or Casual
Sports don’t always have to be about competition, or showing off prowess. It can be a way to deal with internal chemical issues. We may have heard of the “runners high,” but it is not too far from fiction. After the body has been involved in certain athletic activities for a specific amount of time, the body releases natural chemicals and produces important substances that regulate our moods.
But one does not have to be athletically inclined to create results. Taking a walk everyday is good enough to help stabilize our mind and body. If one does not have the liking for outside trekking, then joining a gym might be a good choice.
Food: Stable and Varied
The “you are what you eat” maxim relates well with depression. Eating a one-sided diet, such as eating mostly fatty foods, or certain carbohydrates, can lead to one feeling unbalanced. To be healthy inside as well as out, doctors recommend eating a diverse diet, especially with varied color. Different colors in foods indicate specific nutrients that are required for good health.
Besides having a well-rounded diet, concentrating on particular foods can improve your state. Carbohydrates increase serotonin levels while proteins supply energy and gives us better alertness. A balance of both carbohydrates and proteins are necessary for the mind to have equilibrium. In addition, fish oil, which can be bought in tablets, has been proven to support the brain’s health.
Creativity: Prose and Poetry
A journal and/or diary has been a long-standing tool to express and understand ourselves. By writing about our daily obstacles, we can find out solutions by looking at our problems from a distance. Sometimes, the act of writing down our situation itself can be a major relief.
Yet, prose is not the only way to express oneself in depression. Composing poetry, short stories, or a novel can be a great opening for expression. But only concentrating on problems can be a problem in itself – try also to write creative pieces that envision your success over your depression.
Though we may assume, at times, that there are no answers to our depression, there are real choices to consider. Even in the absence of medication, we can involve ourselves in activities that can eliminate obstacles that give depression its power. By simply exercising, eating a mixed diet, and taking up the practice of creativity, we can move forward in finishing our depression.