Guest post written by Ariel Baradarian
In this article, I want to share with you my six best and natural ways to fight depression.
Depression can have a major effect on our lives and can really bring us down on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.
Those affected with depression will have no desire to accomplish anything nor will they have any motivation whatsoever to make a difference in their lives or in the lives of others.
More than that, depression can be very dangerous in numerous ways. Job losses, troubled marriages, and possibly suicide, Heaven forbid, are just a few of its consequences. In short, it converts what we call “life” into “lifelessness.”
At times, it’s usually the core of many of our issues, if not another major symptom of a deeper, underlying issue of our life. Regardless, it’s a major issue that has drastic effects and affects much of the world we live in today.
Which leads to why I am continuing to write about this topic. It’s such a widespread issue in today’s world and many people have a tough time to deal with it.
Conventional methods such as anti-depressants and therapy can be temporarily helpful, but they may not necessarily alter the major, underlying issues that are feeding one’s depression. They simply just suppress for the time being until there’s another depressive episode.
At the same time, not treating depression on a more profound level can only suck a person deeper and deeper into depression until he/she is stuck in a metaphysical depressive hole and cannot escape, much like a person trying to escape from a blizzard where there’s 20 inches of snow.
So…What Can YOU Do??
In my humble opinion, there are numerous safe, natural ways to fight depression.
One should use a method that obviously suits best, but as a human being that has had many ups and MANY downs in life, I can personally attest to the fact that many of these natural ways to fight depression have helped me tremendously.
Here are six of my favorite tips:
#1 – Homeopathy
Ok, I guess given the name of this website and the other content, you probably guessed that I would pick this :).
But seriously, besides for acupuncture, which actually works in a similar way, homeopathy can heal one’s depression by directly aiming at the core of the issues involved, by giving a boost inspire both body and mind to heal on their own on all levels.
#2 – St. John’s Wort
Also known as the Hypericum perforatum flower, St. John’s Wort has been used for thousands of years in Europe to treat chronic mild to severe depression.The flower itself contains natural, herbal anti-depressants that can help combat depression.
It works by inhibiting the uptake of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that affect happiness.
Several studies, including the 2008 Cochrane Review have demonstrated the effectiveness of St. John’s Wort in treating depression in humans.
Today, it’s sold in the USA and Europe in liquid or capsule form, and the flower itself may even be used in tea.
However, due to potential side effects, speak with your healthcare professional before considering St. John’s Wort.
#3 – Find a Purpose
Most people today don’t know why we are in this life. Furthermore, most people have the belief that the main purpose of life is the pursuit of material, temporary things [temporary as in only available for this lifetime], such as money and having children.
These pursuits may be fine, but they do not constitute a lifetime goal or purpose. Hoards of people have money, a wife, children, etc., but they still fill unfulfilled and have a void feeling in their life, which can lead to depression. If things like these were the ultimate purpose of life, then everybody should be able to attain these things and feel complete!
Don’t get me wrong. It is vital to have a solid livelihood, marriage, children, and similar necessities. The point I’m making is that as an ultimate purpose of life—it’s very usually NOT the case.
When one discovers his or her purpose, mission, lifetime goal, one has a reason to live, to work, to function, and to positively contribute to society as a whole.
One will feel that he or she is making a difference in the world for the better, and will thus enjoy participating in this purpose and derive pleasure from it.
It is for whatever purpose you have that you were put into this world.
This is your life goal and mission and it is up to you to work on it and to achieve as much as you can while working on it, though perfection isn’t expected. Do you really think you were created here for no reason? (which scientifically is about a trillionth of a percent).
A person’s purpose can be several positively impacting things. How to know what is depends on your interest and inclinations.
Following and utilizing your interests, captivations, and inclinations towards something positive is the best way to find your purpose and pursue it. When one does something, like a job, that he or she enjoys, then he or she will have the most success in it.
If you don’t believe me, then Google some psychological studies on this. Many have shown that people who love their jobs earn more income than those that don’t.
Here are some examples of what a person’s purpose in this world may be:
- spreading awareness of a certain disease or world issue
- volunteering for a special cause.
- helping others, charity
- tapping into religion and/or spirituality
- to be a doctor, homeopath, or other healthcare professional that helps others every day
- developing beneficial services or technological advances
Whatever floats your boat ;).
#4 – Prayer/Spiritual Contemplation
Prayer and or spiritual contemplation are great aids for depression on even a practical level.
When one is praying, one is essentially communicating with G-d [For non-monotheists, you can interpret this part as you please].
One prays to G-d because he or she knows that G-d is the Ultimate Source of Blessings and Support anybody can have from anything in this universe.
It’s very much like a son-father relationship. No matter what, G-d loves His children, mankind, and unconditionally takes care of us.
When one has this Infinite Support System to rely on for both good and not-so-good times, it can relieve much of the pressure and negativity a person goes through. One realizes that he is not in control of everything, rather G-d is, and He knows what’s right and not right for our entire well-being.
Additionally, with a strong connection to G-d, one will come to the realization that everything He does is for our very best and any situation we are in, no matter how positive or negative, is for our own benefit AND for our self-improvement.
As a strong believer in G-d, I can attest to the fact that my connection and growing knowledge of G-d is the best thing that has ever happened in my life.
I have seen how this has helped me overcome negative feelings such as depression throughout life’s challenges.
It has ultimately led me to recognize G-d in my daily life.
I thank G-d everyday for everything I have, and as much effort as I put in my everyday schedule, I always rely on Him for blessings and goodness.
Some see prayer as a mumbling of random, nonsense words, yet if we only know the significance of our prayers and what they can accomplish on a spiritual, psychological, and even physical level, we would be shocked and probably wouldn’t stop ever with our prayers.
There are numerous, witnessed stories of figures such as authentic spiritual leaders, authentic Kabbalists (not Kabbalah Centre), and even regular simple people whose sincere, heartfelt prayers have impacted others significantly. You can Google and see for yourself.
See one amazing storyhereof how true prayer can literally alter reality.
#5 – Talking to Friends and Family
For social support, talking to friends and family about your issues is definitely very helpful in dealing with your depression, and for that matter, other issues too.
Friends and family understand you better than others and know your personality and how it works. Out of love, they can help talk things out with you and help you find a path or constructive solution to overcoming any difficulties in life.
Many times, your loved ones can cheer you up in a variety of ways that they know ameliorate you, and they may even be able to show how your reasons for being depression shouldn’t lead you into that path.
Also, even just to socially hang out with friends and/or family is very beneficial. Go out to a sports game or restaurant. Take a walk in nature. Share jokes.
When one is in the company of another person, the attitude and energy of that person can influence the others. This applies both to people in positive and negative states of being.
#6 – Music
Music is one of the strongest, non-tangible items we have in this world. The melodies, tunes, and connotations of any musical symphony can bring up deep emotions.
Music can cause us to move ecstatically, to be joyous, or to contemplate deeply. Or the opposite. This is because music is a vehicle to express our inner selves and states of mind.
With somewhat of an ease, positive, upbeat music can uplift a victim of depression from the pits of gloom to the highest levels of happiness while connecting to the depth and intensity of a particular song.
Of course, the right music is needed for this. Play music that’s fun, upbeat, happy, the kind that makes you wanna get up and dance or do something pleasurable or productive. Don’t play gloomy, slow, negative lyrics.
Summary: 6 Natural Ways To Fight Depression
- St. John’s Wort.
- Find a life purpose.
- Prayer, spiritual contemplation.
- Maintaining close connections to family and friends.
These are my natural ways of fighting depression when and if it comes up. Personally, these methods have worked excellently for me, better than others.
If you have any other suggestions, questions, or comments, feel free to post in the comment box below and I will respond as soon as I can.
I hope you enjoyed this article!
Ariel is the enthusiastic founder of naturalholistichomeopathic.com– a natural and holistic health blog whose sole goal is to help others heal on all levels: mental, emotional, and physical. A homeopath student at the CHE and a soon-to-be practitioner of homeopathy, Ariel has used his growing clinical experience to assist numerous family, friends, and others with a wide variety of health issues, both online and offline.