There are a number of natural ways to treat depression and anxiety including:
Depression and anxiety are much more common conditions in the Western world, this can be for a number of reasons, and a big factor in the high incidence of depression is a diet high in processed foods and refined carbohydrates.
Often when you are depressed you crave sugary processed foods, this helps to give you a temporary boost to your mood, but will often make things worse in the long run.
Making the switch to a whole foods diet, with a focus on having some quality protein, fats and lots of fruits and vegetables can make a significant change to your mood and energy levels. Especially if you combine diet with the other recommendations.
Exercise And Spending Time In Nature
There have been multiple studies showing that exercise and spending time in nature can have a more positive effect on mood than anti-depressants.
Exercise can mean going for a walk for 30 minutes, ideally with a friend, participating in team sports or going to the gym. If your just starting out even doing a few minutes a day can be beneficial, if you don’t have time to exercise doing something short but high intensity can give you great results.
Numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature and soaking up some sunshine can help with depression. If you live in a city find a park or green zone where you can get some nature, and once in a while take a trip to a national park or wilderness area.
Meditation is a great skill to learn, and has been shown to be highly effective at helping symptoms of depression and anxiety.
One of the complaints that I hear from people is that it is difficult to learn, one of the best programs that I have found for both adults and kids who are near to meditation, or even experienced people is the Zen 12 Program that only requires 12 minutes a day.
There is no one “magic” supplement for depression and anxiety, and the key to treatment is to find out the cause of why some one is feeling anxious or depressed.
Herbs and nutrients that can be helpful depending on the cause and the individual person can include magnesium, zinc, 5HTP, amino acids, B vitamins, passionflower, magnolia, theanine, withania/ ashwaghanda, Kava and many others that have good research and traditional use for combating anxiety and depression.
*be careful with self-medicating, even with herbs and natural treatments like 5-HTP, there can be side effects, and they do not suit everyone – the results of testing can help to determine the best options for you.