A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Depression
I had a question the other day about depression.
When you have depression, it’s more than just feeling sad.
Intense feelings of sadness and losing interest in things you normally enjoy may last for a while.
Depression is a medical illness, not a sign of weakness.
And it’s treatable.
For major depression, you may experience 5 or more of the following symptoms for at least a 2-week period: Persistent sadness, pessimism; feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness; loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex; difficulty concentrating and poor memory; worsening of an existing chronic disease; insomnia or oversleeping; weight gain or loss; fatigue, lack of energy; anxiety, agitation, irritability; thoughts of suicide or death; slow speech; slow movements; headache, stomachache, and digestive problems.
The exact cause of depression isn’t known, but there are a number of factors that may increase the chance of developing depression, including abuse, certain medications, conflict, death or a loss, genetics, major events, other personal problems, serious illness, and substance abuse.
Depression is a complex illness with many contributing factors.
Many people look for home remedies to use in addition to conventional depression treatment.
To deal with depression it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Get an adequate amount of Omega-3 essential fats.
*Learn and practice stress relief and relaxation techniques.
*Explore energy medicine techniques.
*Consider herbs (for example, chamomile and valerian).
*Learn and practice deep-breathing techniques.
*You may need more vitamins and minerals because stress tends to burn these off your system.
*Be connected to nature. Look into the idea of “being grounded”. Spend time outside barefoot.
*Get plenty of exercise, activity, sunshine, outdoors, and fresh air.
*Try to eliminate body pollution.
*Try to eliminate blood sugar fluctuations.
*Try to identify triggers (for example, toxic products, foods, fragrances).
*Try to eliminate sugar- and chemical-laden junk and processed foods.
*Try to eliminate caffeine and alcohol.
*Review my post on Candida, because many times this can be a significant influence.
*Avoid an acidic body.
*Be aware of the negative effects of electromagnetic fields that can disrupt your “energy body”.
*Increased amounts of B-complex and/or Calcium/Magnesium may be needed to ease stress, especially during any “attacks” or acute situations.
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