Getting regular exercise every day where you work up a sweat for only 30 minutes has been proven to do as much to boost the “feel good brain chemicals” as a prescription antidepressant. The problem is that when you are feeling so depressed, you don’t want to do anything, let alone exercise! The only recommendation I have is that it becomes a vicious circle and the only way to break out of that rut is to absolutely force yourself, whether you feel like it or not. It is also shown that if you train the mind and body to do something that brings a good result, within a short period of time, the desire to do it without forcing yourself will happen.
- Cutting out caffeine. Addiction to coffee and other forms of caffeine often interferes with normal moods and can aggravate depression.
- Trying acupuncture. This modality has proven itself to be very useful in treating several mood disorders, including depression.
- Meditating. This eastern tradition requires long-term commitment and does not produce immediate results, but can help get to the root of depression. If your religious beliefs go against following Eastern style meditation, you can focus on prayer to devout to that quiet time.
In addition, follow a well-balanced diet; include an antioxidant multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs for all the essential nutrients; and consider B vitamins – especially folic acid Vitamin B6- (I recommend a multi-B formula with a minimum of 100 mg daily of all the B’s, and fish oil or Krill Oil (try 1,000 – 2,000 mg per day), all of which can be helpful in supporting optimal mood.
30 Days Of Health Tips From Linda Wolschlager, Certified Nutrition Counselor/Wellness Coach
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