Ways to Combat Depression Without Medication

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

There are many people that are dealing with depression and here are some ways to help combat depression without medication. Whether you take medication for depression already or not, there are things you can do to help you deal with it. If you try some of these ideas to fight depression you’ll notice a difference and an improvement. What have you got to lose but those blues?

1. Listen to upbeat positive fast types of music. Avoid slow love songs or blues or jazz. The type of music you listen to can help you be more positive and beat depression or it could make it worse. If you listen to music with crappy lyrics about how horrible life is or suicidal words or hopelessness then it’s hard to be optimistic about life.

2.Be active and exercise. Go run, jog, or walk. Do something, anything to be more active and you’ll notice a change in you. When you’re more active you don’t have time to sit around and mope and dwell on your problems. Even if it’s just 20 or 30 minutes, it’ll give you some reprieve from thinking about whatever that is bothering you.

3.Keep a journal. Write down every single thing you’re depressed about. When you get your problems down on paper sometimes it doesn’t look that bad. It might even look ridiculous when you list it all down and you think “Gosh, I’m depressed over this?” when other people’s problems seem so much bigger. And another thing that is really helpful is if you leave a space beneath each problem and you jot down solutions on what you can do to solve or eliminate those problems that are getting you down. Taking a proactive approach to problems gives you back your power and makes you aware that you are indeed in control. You’ll be too busy figuring it out and working things out to be depressed about it.

4.Make a list of all the things you’re thankful for in your life. When you do this you realize that the good in your life clearly outweighs the bad and you will definitely feel better. When things get rough it just seems so daunting and hopeless when in reality there’s so much good all around us and we just need to see it. Open your eyes and take a bigger view. If you have good health, clean air and water, food, and shelter then those should go on your list because a lot of people would be happy with just those things.

5.Lean on your support systems like good friends or family. Go spend some time with the people that care about you. When you’re out and about having fun doing things you enjoy you’ll forget about what you’re depressed about for awhile at least. Even if you don’t feel like going out or hanging out or doing anything, just do it and try to have fun. By going through the motions of having fun pretty soon you’ll actually believe it and be feeling happier.

6.Go to a beautiful scenic nature spot or go look at puppies or kittens. Find something that is so beautiful and marvelous to you and go look at it and admire it. There are just so many beautiful things waiting to be explored by you. Watch the sunset or sunrise, look at caterpillars, and go be a kid again with a kid’s happiness and laughter.

7.Volunteer at a charity or homeless shelter or hospital. When you focus on helping other people sometimes you’ll forget your own problems or troubles. Or maybe they won’t seem so terrible when you are faced with other people who have worse problems but they are coping with it much better. It’ll make you feel like if they can deal with all that they’re going through, surely you can too.

Try it, I dare you to do some of the ideas I suggested above. If worse comes to worse, you can always go back to being depressed and moping in your room. But I think that you’ll be too busy to do that and you’ll feel a lot better about yourself too. Why? Because you took action and did something positive, you’re dealing with things instead of moping, ignoring it, or running away from your problems. That is commendable and an awesome first step.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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