Depression is a serious condition that affects millions of people.  If you are suffering from depression, please consult your preferred healthcare provider for an action plan that meets your needs.  In the meantime, here is a list of some natural tools and strategies that may help you on your road to brighter days.

Nutrition: Plenty of healthy fats to support the nervous system: avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, cashews (have a Prozac-like effect)

Avoid: Refined sugars (soda, candy, white flour, white sugar, white bread, cookies, etc.), avoid watching the news, avoid movies and TV shows that are about murder and other depressing topics.  Avoid alcohol as it is a depressant.

Supplements: Niacin (up to 3,000 mg/day), B-Complex, Omega Fatty Acids, Magnesium

Aromatherapy: Citrus Fresh, Valor, Cedarwood

Herbs: St. John’s wort, skullcap, valerian, hops

Spirit: Volunteer, spend time with friends, join a social group (like a bowling league etc.).  Spend time in nature.  Take the dog for a walk and/or spend time grooming or riding a horse.  Maybe go for a trail ride.

Environment: Surround yourself in happy colors like sunflower yellow.  Avoid dark or poorly lit environments.  Sit by a window.  Listen to happy music.  Watch TV shows and movies that make you laugh.

Affirmations: Start each day saying aloud “Today will be better than yesterday!”

Be Aware: Count your blessings – write them down.  Go out into the world and give mental “awards” to people like the “Courteous Driver Award”, the “Patient Mother” award, the “Nice Smile” award, and such.  This exercise changes your perspective and encourages you to look for the good things in the world rather than focusing on the bad.

Friends & Family: Connect with friends and family – in person, on the phone, or via Facebook.  Get together for a cup of tea or a walk in the park.

Exercise: Get moving to increase circulation and the production of endorphins – nature’s happy hormones!

See the “Think Naturally” Chapter for Additional Support

The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any disease or condition.  Please seek the advice of your preferred healthcare provider when making health choices.

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