Forget about anti-depressants! These natural alternatives do the job much better.
The winter season’s shorter days and colder weather can worsen depression symptoms, so here are four natural depression remedies shown to combat the winter blues. Check them out:
Exercise: As we frequently report, the benefits of exercise are endless and can improve physical and mental health immensely. Particularly if you mix it with some friluftsliv - the Norwegian concept of a positive winter mindset.
Bright light therapy: There’s a reason depression levels are linked to the season. The sun is a powerful force, and sitting in front of a lightbox that generates 10,000 Lux for 30 to 60 minutes a day was correlated with a 2.5 point drop on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Don’t have access to a lightbox? Try getting outside whenever the sun is shining or sitting in a sunny window. Remember, take a Vitamin D supplement - it will not only help your health, evidence increasingly points to its benefits in fighting off coronavirus.
Mediterranean diet: It’s not just good for your gut health, this nutrient-rich eating plan can improve your mental health as well.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Therapy is more expensive than the other methods, but its results are indisputable. Talking it out with someone can vastly improve your outlook and help you manage depression symptoms.
Give it a try, you may be surprised at the power of a light jog, unprocessed food, and the sun (and Vitamin D).
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