If you are experiencing mild to moderate depression, first talk with your doctor and consider seeing a therapist. But in addition, try these five natural methods to help you find contentment:
1 Regular exercise. For rapid benefits in alleviating depression, there is no better method than regular aerobic exercise. I recommend 30 minutes of continuous and vigorous physical activity, at least five days a week for best results.
2 Check your meds. Make sure you are not taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications that may contribute to depression.
3 Cut out caffeine. Addiction to coffee and other forms of caffeine often interferes with normal moods and can aggravate depression.
4 Try acupuncture. This modality has proven itself to be very useful in treating several mood disorders, including depression.
5 Meditate. This eastern tradition requires long-term commitment and does not produce immediate results, but can help get to the root of depression.
Progesterone is a natural mood enhancer so supplementing can help, but for more severe symptoms a combination of progesterone and oestrogen is recommended by Jeffrey DAch, MD in the USA and make sure you also follow a well-balanced diet. Dr Weil recommends one that include an antioxidant multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs for all the essential nutrients; and consider B vitamins – especially folic acid and vitamin B6 – as well as vitamin D and fish oil, all of which can be helpful in supporting optimal mood. The Weil Vitamin Advisor can help you to determine if you are getting the optimal amount of these nutrients.