Top 10 Ways To Fight Depression Without Drugs

Life is all about being excited and having your heart full of hope. So you can imagine how being depressed can make you feel helpless. Therapy and medications is one way to fight depression, but before getting to a state where that would be your only way out of depression, try the following :

1. Take care of yourself.

When starting to feel depressed, especially after an unfortunate event, that’s when you should slow down and take care of yourself. Acts like reading a book you love, taking a hot bath, decluttering your living space… can help you lift your mood. Such acts shouldn’t be performed only when you’re feeling low, it should be part of our routine.

Related: 40 Self-Care Ideas for Coping With Life

2. Exercise.

You don’t have to run a marathon. A 20-minute walk around the neighborhood can boost your mood. Researchers have proven that exercising helps reduce stress and anxiety and boosts self-esteem.

3. Eat happy food.

Happiness can come on a plate. Food like dark chocolate, raw walnuts, green tea, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey… can help reduce your stress level and boost your mood.

Find out more about it: 16 Foods That Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression

4. Get enough sleep.

While being depressed, can sometimes make it hard for you to get quality sleep, the lack of the latter can make your depression worse according to one research. If you find it hard to get quality sleep try these tips from the National Sleep Foundation.

5. Get a support system.

Having supportive relationships around can definitely help you come out of your depression fast. Even when you’re too tired to talk about it or too uncomfortable to share it with someone you love, the mere thought that you’ll always have someone to lean on can be a great mood booster. If you ever felt like you’re got no one you can reach out to, try Using 7cups of tea. It’ll provide you with trained listeners who are willing to lend you a caring ear.

6. Get a daily dose of sunlight.

Sunlight helps boost serotonin levels and improves your mood. You can take a walk in the sun or enjoy a meal outside. You can also double the benefits by exercising outside. Also, open your blinds and drapes at home and let as much light in as possible.

7. Challenge negative thinking.

We make ourselves as happy as we want to. Our happiness comes mostly from our thoughts and not from our circumstances as many people believe. Happiness starts from within and only you can make you happy. So instead of complaining, start feeling grateful for the blessings your life is filled with. Some people who are in beds dying are wishing for battles, like yours, to fight. 

8. Reduce stress.

Reduce is causing damage to our physical and emotional well-being. Exercising, eating healthy and getting enough sleep can help you reduce your stress levels, but you also can make some changes in your life to help reduce stress or even eliminate it.

Changes like saying « No » more often and declutter both your living space and social life, avoiding toxic people, block stress from your mind by focusing on something else or writing down whatever is worrying you.

9. Find something to look forward to.

Having something to look forward to can give you enough hope to lift your mood. A purpose to your life, or if you’re not sure yet about that, the next goal to achieve can be all you need to find enough motivation to face life.

10. Read Feeling Good, by David D. Burns, M.D.

In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

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