Depression is one of the leading causes of mental illnesses; globally three hundred and fifty million are estimated to be suffering from depression. While depression is debilitating and on its own may seem like everything’s down where nothing will ever seem right again, you can still treat it successfully. While the official definition of depression starts with a chemical imbalance and ends with Grief counseling, there are multiple treatments by which you can treat depression successfully. However, for those seeking a more hands-on approach, here are four ways to overcome depression.
Ways to deal with depression
Include Omega 3 in your diet
Depressed patients often lack a certain fatty acid called EPA and a recent study by a psychiatry medicine tried to understand depression, where the participants were made to imbibe fish oil rich in Omega 3. As a result, their depressive symptoms reduced by as much as 50%, from anxiety, lack of sleep to suicidal thoughts. Omega 3 fatty acids also impact your cardiovascular health positively, leading to a lowering of cholesterol level in the body.
Touch therapy forms a pivotal part of any treatment plan when it comes to curing depression. Touch therapy helps to lower the stress in the body along with stress hormone cortisol and increases the feel good hormone OxyContin. This is why most doctors advise patients to seek some form of touch therapy, in the form of acupuncture, acupressure, reiki, massage and reflexology.
Cognitive therapy works wonders, especially with depression. While it works under the principle that certain ways of thoughts can trigger another depression attack, the counselor will try and understand what makes you tick and what the trigger points are. Once the key trigger points are identified, you along with your counselor can move onto pre-empting these trigger points by changing the way you think. While the process may take a while, it is nevertheless an effective way to tackle depression successfully.
Keep a journal
It is important that you maintain a journal especially if you suffer from depression. One of the key
exercises would be for you to write down five or ten things you are thankful on a daily basis. The journal should enable you to think more positively, and in turn, help you combat depression. The other reason would be to make a list of things that make you feel nervous and see if you can do anything about the causative factors. But above all, a journal would be of more use as an outlet for all your fears and positive thoughts.…