Tips to Deal with Anxiety and Depression without Medications

“Never Lose Hope!”

It is true that depression can make you feel powerless but it’s not the end of the world. There are a few things that you can do on your own to deal with anxiety or depression without medications. Here are a few tips for you:

1. Follow a Routine:

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It sounds monotonous and boring, but following a routine can actually help you if you’re depressed. – Dr. Ian Cook, MD.

Depression tends to interfere with your daily tasks. The days and nights seem to pass without you even noticing. Following a daily routine can help you get back on track.

2. Exercise and Meditate:

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It keeps the mind fresh. It boosts the secretion of endorphins (feel-good chemical) in the brain. Doing meditation or exercise on a regular basis also has long-term benefits for the people suffering from depression. It seems to promote positive thinking and diminish the feelings of anxiety.

How much exercise do you need?

Well, you don’t have to run marathons. Just walking 30 minutes daily could do the trick! You can always join a gym to get your daily dose of exercise.

3. Sleep:

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Insomnia and depression are complementary to each other. Depression can make it really hard to get some sleep. The less you sleep, the worse your depression gets.

What to do?

You need to make some big changes to your lifestyle. Fix a time to go to bed and wake up. Follow the timings consistently. Do not take naps during the day. Make sure your room is cool enough to sleep. Remove all the distractions such as laptop, mobile, T.V. etc. It has been found that blue light from devices like Smartphone and computers causes insomnia in people.

4. Interact with People:

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Most of the people suffering from depression feel lonely and unloved. They go for weeks without having a conversation with another human being. Often, they don’t find anyone with whom they can talk or share their feelings freely.  They begin to isolate themselves and bottle-up their feelings.

“If you keep isolating yourself, your depression will get worse!”

So, start talking… go out, meet new people, and interact with them. Just saying a mere “Hi” to another human being can lift your mood. If you don’t feel like talking to someone personally or going out then find some helpful sites online like Talking Stick, where you can share your feelings openly. The more you open up about what’s been troubling your mind, the better you’ll feel.