Depression is not only a state of being sad, it is a disease that conquers the ability to feel emotion, whether good or bad, whatsoever. Depression not only involves the mind, it also involves the body and thoughts. In different cultures some complain of excessive
headaches and extreme pain and this is identified as depression, moderate or otherwise. This disease can be passed down through genes or can follow external events or can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. So how should one get rid of this Depression?
Here are some home remedies to get rid of depression in an effective manner.
1. Exercise and Meditation
Daily workout or exercise is essential for a healthy body and may have long-term benefits for the depressed people as it temporarily boosts up endorphins (“feel good” chemical and natural anti-depressants), which encourage the mind to think positively and make you happy . You should exercise 3 times a week for minimum twenty minutes. You can perform jogging, weight lifting, walking, cycling, rope jumping, and yoga to alleviate depression . Physical activity can be as simple as walking or getting involved in vigorous gym exercises or joining a team sport . Exercise is an easy and cost effective way to solve the problem of depression, moreover it does not have any side effects on the body like that of anti-depressant drugs .
Several studies have been done to prove the relationship between exercise and depression. They all have proved that both aerobic and non aerobic exercises have considerably reduced symptoms of depression .
- Do meditation every day for 45 minutes, to overcome depression. Choose a quite place for it. Switch off your phone and regulate your breathing while doing meditation .
2. Involve in Interesting Activities
Whenever you feel depressed, try to do something of your interest. You can read books, take a culinary or language class, visit museum or listen to music. These new activities can alter the level of dopamine in your brain, thereby reduce depression .
3. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep may worsen the problem of depression . Therefore, you should get enough sleep to treat yourself. Set your daily routine and make some changes in your lifestyle. Go to bed at the same time every day to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping assists you to think better so that you can handle problems without getting stressed. Adults should take 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night to feel relaxed. Students mostly face depression problem, to overcome it they must avoid late night study sessions and get enough sleep.
While sleeping the immune system of our body produces a protein called cytokines. These proteins are needed by our body when we feel depressed or stressed. Lack of sleep can decrease the level of cytokines resulting in symptoms of depression .
4. Writing Therapy
Write down your painful and emotional feelings on paper. The writing habit improves your depressed condition and makes you feel lighter. According to a study performed, it is found that expressive writing is an excellent cure for people with Major Depressive Disorder .This therapy is also found very useful for women who are sufferer of domestic violence and also for college students .
A Norwegian trial of overweight subjects proved that people given high dose of vitamin D had less depression symptoms as compared to others who were given dose of placebo. This study proved a relation between vitamin D and depression . Get some sunshine to refresh your mood . Vitamin D in sunlight balances the brain hormones, thereby cure depression during fibromyalgia, seasonal affective disorder and premenstrual syndrome . Use artificial sun lamp during dark weather to reduce seasonal stress.
Eat apple with honey and milk, or drink apple juice to rejuvenate your mind. Potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B, and phosphorous in apples prevent nerve cells from damage. Vitamin C enhance immune system and reduces depression by lowering the level of cortisol, a stress hormone .
Antidepressant drugs have many side effects, therefore herbal psychopharmacology research has increased and emphasis is on using herbal remedies for treatment of depression. According to a clinical trial, saffron supplementation can decrease symptoms of depression in adults facing major depressive disorder . Antidepressant properties of saffron has also been proved in a recent meta-analysis. This analysis depicts use of saffron to overcome mild-to-moderate depression .
Also, the use of petal of C. sativus for the treatment of mild depression was successfully proved in double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized trial .
Consume a pinch of saffron directly or add it to your food. Take it on regular basis to cure mild depression.
8. Rose Petals
Rose petals have healing properties. Rose oil cures nervous stress and depression . The anti depressant activity of rose petals is based on the fact that it stimulates the β-adrenergic receptors, and inhibits functioning of the histamine H1 receptors and KCl-related contraction, it also blocks the calcium channels of tracheal chain thereby showing the relaxant activity . Take 20-30 fresh rose petals and boil them in water for fifteen minutes. Add sugar and drink this mixture. Repeat it 2-3 times a day.
Prepare tea and add powdered cardamom seeds to it. Or else, take a cup of hot water and add 2 cardamom’s powder and sugar to it. Sip it slowly.
A study proved effective effects of coffee against symptoms of depression . Caffeine, a component of coffee is a central nervous system stimulant, therefore consumption of coffee relieves depression . A study done in 2011 also proved hat drinking coffee decreases risk of depression among women .
Note – Don’t take more than 2 cups of coffee in a day as it may enhance depression.
According to a randomized controlled trial it has been found that Curcumin, a bright yellow compound found in turmeric can be widely used to overcome depression because of its anti depressant properties . Turmeric may prove to be an effective remedy to get rid of depression caused due to seasonal changes. It has been proved in many studies that Curcumin wards off depression by stimulating the process of neuro-genesis and increasing the levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin .
12. Ginger Tea
Take 1 tsp of ginger powder and boil it in hot water for a few minutes. Let it cool down. Take it twice a day to cure depression.