You might be experiencing the symptoms of depression but you might not realize that you’re suffering from it. Sometimes, we experience lowliness, helplessness and sadness without apparent reasons. But if this continues for weeks then this is not a positive sign. However, these simple natural ways can help you to overcome depression and help ease you down or even completely heal by following these tips. Such as getting socialize in fun and interesting ways, going outdoor and having time with nature. Helping and volunteering can help you regain your responsibility. Then what is depression?
According to WHO, “Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by persistent sadness, and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.” It can affect an individual’s thoughts, behaviours, motivation, feelings and sense of well-being.
Some of the clear symptoms are a loss of energy, a change in appetite, sleeping more or less, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, guilt, hopelessness, thoughts of self-harm or suicide, restlessness, indecisiveness, etc.
To overcome depression might not seem that easy and our current digital world worsens the scenario because our real-life existence is shut off and the internet and virtual things take over. You may apparently seem okay, but deep down inside, there is loneliness and emptiness. Here are some of the simple natural ways to overcome this pain.
Today we are more connected than ever before through the internet. But at the same time, our real-world relationship is dwindling because at first within ourselves, we created a gap rather a gloomy, deeper cut between you in real-world and the internet world. People now live with airpods or earbuds, eyes glued to smartphone screen watching movies walking through the subway or other public places. And you think that this is a way to entertain yourself. Either you’re a public transport commuter or walking on foot to your workplace, you will certainly find people known or strangers that you can have a talk with. Have a conversation, pull out some funny, interesting topics. Don’t live self-wallowing about your weaknesses, failures and loss of loved ones. Sometimes, it is natural to be isolated from the people but socializing can beat down and overcome your depression.
Find some social activities and engage in it and have an interaction with your colleagues. You can visit and try meetup.com for upcoming social events. Social media will not help you find a real meaningful conversation instead it might worsen your depression.
Fight negative thoughts
Depression lives within your mental world. The good news that you already know is that you can control your thoughts and actions. If you are often haunted by these: feeling nobody cares about you, loves you, likes you, etc. You’re wronged. Whether you believe in God or the existence of the devil. Remember there is someone who is constantly fighting against your good thoughts, good works and many good things in your life. Learn to handle your thinking and learn to switch to positive thoughts whenever you are attacked with negativity. Practice saying positive affirmations such “My life is going to be great,” “I am born worthy and I shall live to it,” “Bad and good are the best friends so I accept my weaknesses.”
“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” Goodreads quote.
Laugh like crazy
Some people forget to laugh in their life. Or don’t get the privilege to laugh in a way they like. But you have it. You’ve heard the saying laughing is the best medicine. It will boost your immune system. It will lower your blood pressure by preventing the release of stress hormone. And improves your mood and reduces stress and anxiety.
Go to Nature
What do you feel when you walk into the forest and stand in the midst of birds chirping, wind blowing & leaves falling? Nature has a lot to offer to us. So don’t be lazy. Don’t make excuses. Go there with friends or by yourself and don’t think about any problem. You will be refreshed by it. This nature natural can definitely beat your depression.
Eating well is a skill. How? Because many people don’t eat proper foods that their body needs. And don’t eat at a regular time and don’t chew properly. And the digestion is affected and the amount of energy generated by it is less compared to those who eat well at regular time with the same amount of food. Food can do a lot of miracle to our body. So eat healthy foods. Eating omega-3 fatty acids rich foods such as salmon and tuna and folic acids such as avocado and spinach can help ease your depression.
Depression can make you feel like living in a dungeon. Practising mindful meditation and observing your thoughts and feelings while doing it without any judgement can boost your mood. Benefits of meditation include: lower blood pressure; reduce pain; reduce stress; control anxiety; enhance self-awareness; promote emotional health.
Sleep like an animal
“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.”– Tupac Shakur
For some people sleeping is the most enjoyable & pleasurable time of the day, while others find it hard to know the true meaning of it. Sleep deprivation can cause a lot of problems for your day. It causes depression, poor cognition, difficult concentrating, delirium, hallucination and irritability. Sleeping well – this natural, common yet highly ignore can beat depression.
Sleep early because it has a better impact on your health. Do exercise and sweat because it helps you sleep better. Be worry-free and don’t think about anything when you lie down. Don’t use electronic gadgets for one or two hours before bedtime. Be as careless as your pet who never think of tomorrow.
Create some fun
Knowing how to crack a joke is great, isn’t it? Do some fun stuff alone or with friends. I stay alone. And I use to dance in my room or on my terrace where nobody sees me. I know I am not good at dancing but I do it just for fun and to release my feeling. Yes, it does help to overcome depression as it helps me to feel more joy.
Sometimes, I would go to my friends’ place and do some funny acting and have crazy talks. Do whatever you feel like doing. Don’t care about judgement.
Come out from your comfort zone
Take responsibility. You will come to know that you have so much to do in this life the moment you stop living only in your own created comfort zone. Set a new adventure. Venture into new areas of life. Take the risk. Depression will go way unknowingly when you start investing your time and resources on something valuable and interesting.
Actually, helping someone is helping yourself. When you help others, you have a good feeling about yourself. And you bring a smile to others and to your heart and face.
Volunteering is a great way to help others. Find some NGOs or charity organizations or get involved in Church activities where you can extend your hand for others. In this way, you will slowly learn or relearn about the meaning of this life.
Let you overcome the depression naturally! Come out from your world of depression. There is a fun and loving place. The real world is waiting for you. Reclaim your vigour and energy and start living your life – the only once life.