Thursday, July 3, 2014

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adults

Natural ways to treat depression and anxiety in children and adults are preferred because they do not involve medication. Anti depressants have numerous side effects and many people worry especially about giving these drugs to children. When you treat depression naturally, your child is less likely to be restless, gain weight or experience insomnia.

Depression, in some cases, occurs after a loss-the loss of a job, financial security, a partner, or even a dream. This kind of depression is due to grief, and may even be experienced when we are not aware that we have been grieving. Adults who take anti depressants sometimes feel even worse and have been known to experience a decrease in their sex drive, fatigue and other side effects.

There are many things which can lead to depression. Depression may accompany a sense of frustration or powerlessness. In some cases, depression accompanies anger which has not been expressed in a healthy way.

Depression may also be caused by chemical fluctuations in the body which have not been triggered by grief. Women regularly experience hormonal changes that can make them depressed around the same time every month. Medication can help persons who suffer from chronic depression. There are natural ways to beat depression.

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety- Change your Situation
If your current job or home situation is leaving you feeling powerless, it can affect your emotional state. You may need to make a change to how you handle your job, in order to increase your sense of control over your work life. The same applies to your home life.

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety- Don’t Isolate Yourself
Depression may be caused by a lack of companionship. Humans are social animals, and the loss of human interaction can make us depressed. Persons who work from home should plan ways in which they can still interact with others. Find communities with like interests in your local area and online, and make friends with people who can provide balance to what can sometimes be a solitary work life.

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety- Change What you Eat
Some foods can help to energize the body and mind. Grapefruit, lemons and limes do this. Squeeze a little lime into your food.
Some foods increase blood flow to all parts of the body and also have a positive effect on our state of mind. Ginger is one of these. Have some ginger tea in winter, or at any time of year. Ginger is a strong anti-depressant and has an anti-histamine effect as well.

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety- Change your Routine
Human beings tend to thrive on a challenge. The challenge of solving a new problem and the thrill of discovering something new keep depression at bay. While thrill seekers sometimes put themselves in dangerous situations, something as simple as changing the route you take to work, or shopping at a different supermarket and discovering different deals from those at your regular supermarket, can put a bigger smile on your face. When trying new things; always use caution. Succeeding at new challenges also helps to build our self esteem.

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety- Change your Perspective
People who look at the glass as half full-which it is, tend to recognize more opportunities and experience celebrate their successes more frequently, than people who don’t. Always be on the lookout for ways to make things work to your benefit. A little opportunistic streak never hurt anybody.
We all work hard and put our life energy into something-a business, a job, a relationship, every day. Instead of tallying all the things that may have gone wrong, celebrate your successes. Do it every day.

Natural Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety- Exercise
Mild to moderate depression can be effectively treated with exercise, since chemicals known as endorphins are released by the body during exercise. Depression is less likely to affect people who exercise regularly, because endorphins help to lift our mood.
I previously published this article on Healthmad on Feb. 18, 2011.
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