5 Simple But Natural Ways to Curb Depression
As we conclude 2017 and begin 2018, many individuals think of the resolutions of the year that they can work on holistically and collectively improving in their lives. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to naturally curb my depression. Some of these tips I hope to religiously practice in my daily routine. Together, I put 5 simple but effective ways to curb depression:
1. Exercise Regularly
The hardest part is getting the motivation to get to the gym, but knowing the long-lasting effects of exercise, such as increasing endorphins and increasing circulation to the brain, it can help the initial process. However, exercise has a point of diminishing returns. By increasing your exercise levels too quickly without enough rest can negatively affect your emotional state and cause depressive symptoms. Being mindful of that balance of exercise to each breath the body naturally takes can help determine the right exercise level for you.
2. Mediterranean Diet
A low-fat diet, rich in fish, especially omega-3s, and folic acid can be helpful for mood. Avoiding alcohol and minimizing caffeine use is also helpful. A Mediterranean-style diet, rich in veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and fish, is linked to a lower risk of developing depression, according to a 2009 study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
3. Avoiding Alcohol and Drugs