12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

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12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by PeteC » Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:17 pm

Given a few threads we've had recently, the below is a worthwhile read. Pete :cheers:

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by hhfarang » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:56 pm

Thanks Pete, many of those points made me examine my thinking and lifestyle.
My brain is like an Internet browser; 12 tabs are open and 5 of them are not responding, there's a GIF playing in an endless loop,... and where is that annoying music coming from?

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by dundrillin » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:51 pm

One of the best ways to fight depression is physical exercise. That said it is often difficult to feel like exercising if one feels depressed. This is where a friend comes in and gives you the encouragement( push) that you need. Reaching out and admitting you are depressed is very positive, too many people especially men suffer alone,
( I was unable to read to link above as I am I a public library and they blocked it for some reason. Hopefully my broadband will be fixed soon.)

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by MrPlum » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:05 pm

13. Don't watch the News
14. Don't argue on message boards

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

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My spelling is depressing me!

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by PeteC » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:13 pm

dundrillin wrote:( I was unable to read to link above as I am I a public library and they blocked it for some reason. Hopefully my broadband will be fixed soon.)
Check your PM's. Pete :cheers:
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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by richard » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:26 pm

Well I've seen those messages hundreds of times and they amount to common sense IMO.

Personally, if I'm feeling slightly depressed I force myself to step back and think about what I am feeling depressed about. Work out whether the issue really matters and if so what can I do about it. Do something about it or sigh and bury my head in the sand until it's gone away.

Thais have a similar approach. They go to sleep and when they wake up it's either gone or they have thought of five solutions :laugh:
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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by richard » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:35 pm

Joking apart (which I did a bit above) I visit and re-visit this following checklist when feeling a little blue. It brings me back down to earth and I know it has helped other people in the past

1. Slow down.
2. Be mindful. Life happens now. This moment is all you’ve got.
3. Create a ritual. Have tea every afternoon. Write a gratitude list every morning. Walk around your neighborhood every evening. You can make a ritual out of anything — just perform the activity deliberately and mindfully.
4. Exercise. Every day. Walk. Run. Skip. Swim. Play four square. Whatever.
5. Make friends with Mother Nature. She’s got a lot to teach you.
6. Challenge yourself. Growth comes when you push your limits.
7. Keep an open mind. Open minds are happy minds.
8. Eat with relish. Love your food. Don’t eat on the run or mindlessly.
9. Smile. A lot.
10. Laugh. A lot. Real, authentic laughter.
11. Drink water. As much as you can stomach.
12. Soak up the vitamin D. Sunshine cures many ills.
13. Be afraid. And do it anyway. Fear is the gateway to a stronger you.
14. Sleep well. Make a good night’s sleep a daily priority.
15. Disconnect from technology. Turn that iPhone off from time to time.
16. Touch other people. With their permission, of course. Touch is hugely important for healing and mental health.
17. Cut back on caffeine. It’s still a drug, even in delicious liquid form.
18. Consume happy media. Skip the news — watch positive, life-affirming stuff instead.
19. Talk to strangers. You never know who you might meet.
20. Be kind. Extend kindness as often as possible. Random acts are good.
21. Eat plants. Food that comes out of the earth is better for body, mind and spirit.
22. Cultivate compassion. For yourself and all other living things.
23. Leave your comfort zone behind. Discomfort is a sign of growth.
24. Identify your destructive thoughts. Then, write a positive script to fight back.
25. Drink less booze. You’ll feel better.
26. Play. It’s not just for kids — playtime is beneficial for grown-up brains, too.
27. Use affirmations. Pick some that resonate with you, and recite them religiously.
28. Get minimal. With less junk in your life, there’s more room for what’s important.
29. Listen. When you talk to people, give them your full attention. Don’t just wait for your turn to speak.
30. Make positive friends. It’s hard to be happy if you’re surrounded by negative Nancys.
31. Give back. Countless good causes could use your talents.
32. Listen to upbeat tunes. Music has power.
33. Embrace a spiritual connection. While this is certainly optional, feeling connected to something greater than yourself can make a world of difference in your life.
34. Do something unfamiliar. Explore a sport, activity or subject you’ve never been particularly interested in. You never know what you might discover.
35. Visualize. See yourself with all that you desire, and you’re on your way.
36. Give hugs. Hugs are so underrated. Dole ‘em out generously.
37. Work to live. Not the other way around.
38. Look for opportunities. When we get stuck in our regular routines, we’re often blind to new possibilities. Open your eyes, ears and heart.
39. Train your brain. Your mind needs to be challenged to maintain its top form. Try crossword puzzles, brain games or memory quizzes.
40. Climb a tree. Trust me. Best thing ever.
41. Do things you love. If you don’t know what you love, start exploring.
42. Get a pet. Animals can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and add to your life in innumerable other ways. Plus, who couldn’t use a little unconditional love?
43. Travel. New places and faces expand your awareness.
44. Do nothing. Call it mental health time.
45. Meditation comes in countless variations. Pick one. Even five minutes a day makes a difference.
46. Swim.
47. Take risks.
48. Let go gracefully. All things have their time.
49. Love yourself. It’s not as easy as it sounds, obviously. But work at it, and the warm fuzzies will come.
50. Appreciate everything. You have so many gifts, acknowledging them is the best way to feel fabulous about your life.
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It’s none of my business what people say and think of me. I am what I am and do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. It makes life so much easier.

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by PeteC » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:12 pm

More.......from a Daughter - Mother perspective.

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Re: 12 Natural Ways to Fight Depression

Post by arcadianagain » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:28 pm

I like number 44 Richard it`s always worked for me!!!

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