On my journey to get out of depression, I found many different routes that seemed to lead to the same result. My goal was to get out of the fog that depression had me in. I started with the only path I knew at the time: antidepressants. I wrote a little about that journey already, so I won’t get into that. But I will share why I wanted to look for way to beat depression naturally and where that search lead me.
After almost two years of being on the same antidepressant I finally decided I was ready to be off the pill. I came to this conclusion while visiting a doctor about possibly being affected by mold. I had noticed my memory starting to suffer. During this visit the doctor commented that certain antidepressants were linked to memory loss. One search on Google showed that my antidepressant and memory loss went hand in hand.
While doing a little more hunting about this pill I had been ingesting for the last couple years, I saw that it was often strongly associated with withdrawal symptoms as well. I can vouch for those symptoms. Originally I thought that those signs, that would come if I missed a day or two of pills, were what my life was like before treating my depression. This feeling of withdrawal was one of the main reasons I was still taking these pills.
I didn’t know if I could win the battle against depression without a little something extra, so I began to search for ways that I could more naturally fight depression. Most of the fixes were very easy. It took a little extra time, but the result was so worth the effort.
I didn’t continue seeing a counselor after I got off the antidepressants, but I saw great results all the same. Seeing a counselor really helped me sort many things out, make needed changes to my life, and shift my perspective. It was the best thing I did for myself while on the pills. There are many free counselors out there too, if you find that you are strapped for cash and think talking to a professional would benefit you.
One thing that had shifted after my depression had set in was my sleeping habits. Some of this was due to college, living in the dorms, having a job that required late hours, etc. But there were plenty of nights that I could have gotten to bed at decent hour. Especially after I moved back to my home town and had a job that didn’t require me to be a night owl. When I stopped taking the pill, I knew one step I would need to take would be to get to bed at a reasonable hour. This meant no late night binge reading or staying out late with friends – at least most of the time.
Physical activity is huge for beating depression! Don’t believe me, check this article out: link. Regular exercise makes such a huge difference. I grabbed some weights, resistance bands, and a good pair of running shoes and got to work. This didn’t just help with the depression, it helped me lose twenty pounds that I could not lose while on the pills in only a couple months.
That twenty pounds didn’t come off with just exercise though, I also changed my diet. I added more healthy foods and started eating out less. I had gotten lazy for a while and had been eating out pretty regularly. Once I started paying better attention to the things I was fueling my body with, I had more of a general feeling of wellness. One thing I drastically cut down on was alcohol. I really started to notice that if I had alcohol two days in a row I would notice a difference. Just not being on top of my game, more irritable and selfish, and a little distant. I bet if you pay close enough attention and ask those closest to you that you will see it too – even if you don’t struggle with depression.
I also added vitamins to my healthy diet. The two that I took most religiously to keep depression at bay were fish oil and B12. I did the research and found what I felt would be most effective, and I encourage you to do the same. Don’t just take my word for it. Ask your doctor, look up some studies, read some books. Whatever it takes. One supplement that I would have taken had I known more about it would be a probiotic of some kind. So great for you. Look up gut health while you are researching your vitamins!
At the time, I didn’t know anything about essential oils, but I wish I would have. I really think it would have been a great addition to the line up. Had I known, I would have grabbed myself a diffuser and some lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot, or ylang ylang. Throw a few drops in before bed time and help my mind unwind. If you want to check out Edens Garden oils and help me out at the same time you could use this: link.
Depression set me back for many years of my life and taking the quick, easy way may have left me with some long lasting negative effects. If you are suffering from mild to moderate depression, please, for me, try approaching depression naturally before subjecting yourself to the same things I did. You can come back and thank me later.
* I am not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be. If you want to start anything new and you have questions, consult with your doctor. Don’t do anything that will not work for you.
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