14 Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety

In the new world of COVID-19, many have been dealing with depression and anxiety. Record numbers of alcohol sales have increased as a way to cope with the stress and uncertainty that comes with COVID-19. Those who had pre-existing conditions of depression and anxiety are dealing with increased symptoms. 

Depression and anxiety are usually co-existing conditions, meaning one comes with the other. In this article, I will be discussing natural treatments to treat depression and anxiety.

When your environment or circumstances change, it generally causes an unbalance in your life. COVID-19 has completely disrupted our way of life and an uncertainty about the future. 

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical and spiritual health. Your mind, body, and soul are interrelated.

These 14 natural ways to treat depression and anxiety are proven and true.

  • Exercise.  Physical activity stimulates the natural release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These brain chemicals play an important part in regulating/improving your mood.
  • Get out in nature. Talk a walk, sit on your porch, watch the birds, or go to a park. 
  • Get sunlight. When you expose yourself to 10-30 minutes of sunlight, the sun’s rays increase vitamin D in your body, which also increases serotonin in your brain. Sunlight has been known to kill bacteria and heal wounds. White blood cells increase with sun exposure, and these cells play a major role in defending against infections.
  • Get enough Sleep. It is generally recommended that our bodies need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep deprivation can adversely affect your moods and can set the stage for negative thinking.
  • Open your curtains. Living in a dark house can be mood-altering. Your mood is affected by natural light. Try opening some curtains, or turn on lamps in some of your rooms. Living in a dark house can also cause you to feel lethargic. 
  • Get in a routine. If you are depressed you need a routine. Setting a daily schedule can help you stay on task when you may want to stay in bed instead. Also important is to have a morning and a bedtime routine.  Every morning the first thing I do is make the bed. Bedtime, brush teeth, mouthwash, lay down and read whatever book I’m working on at the time. Right now, I’m working my way through books written by Og Mandino. Highly recommend his books.
  • Set Goals. Set daily and weekly goals for yourself. Start small and make your goals obtainable.  One thing I learned from Mandino is to always wake up with a plan for the day. And at the end of day reflect on my results.
  • Write it down. Write out your feelings.  Journaling can reduce anxiety and stress symptoms.  Spending time with God. 
  • Pray. Praying and giving over your cares to God can help you not carry the stress and burdens you may carry.
  • Watch what you eat. Pay attention to your diet. Eating a lot of processed meat, fried foods, refined cereals, candy, pastries, or high-fat dairy products can increase depression and anxiety. A diet rich in whole fiber-rich grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, and fish is better. Pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and eggs can reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Music. Listen to relaxing or calming music.  Light jazz, classical music, or spa-type music can bring calmness to your mind and body.
  • Aromatherapy through essential oils or candles. Certain scents can have a relaxing effect such as lavender, patchouli, bergamot orange, and Ylang-ylang.
  • Tea. Try green tea, chamomile, or kava tea. These teas promote a natural way to relax and ease anxiety.
  • Vitamins. Supplements and herbs are not FDA approved or testing, so make sure you research before buying any supplement. Here are a few to research on your own: Fish oil, vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-9 and Zinc.

Medical Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, nor is this medical advice. Seek the counsel of your doctor when needed.

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