Depression is a clinical illness. If the latest statistics are to be believed, then more than 50% of the urban population suffer from one form of depression or the other. Lack of proper understanding or ignorance of the matter by the patient’s family members lead to the severity of the condition. There are many individuals who are not aware that they are suffering from depression. In fact, they refuse to come out in open and accept it simply because of the fear that they will be ridiculed and made fun of. But, before we go ahead and discuss the home remedies for depression, it is vital that we discuss what is depression and what are its symptoms.
What is depression?
Feeling down and out is quite common. Most of us experience these feelings at one point or the other. But, when feelings of hopelessness and despair become regular day affairs, depression sets in. The individuals start to feel that there is no hope and no matter what they do, they are unable to overcome it. With the passage of time it becomes severe and it becomes extremely difficult to get back to normal life.
Common Symptoms of Depression
- Feelings of hopelessness and despair at frequent intervals on a daily basis
- Loss of interest and lack of active participation in any chore
- Loss of appetite
- Significant weight loss
- Immense weight gain
- Changes in sleep pattern or insomnia
- Irritation and anger at the slightest pretext
- Loss of energy
- Fatigue and weakness
- Self loathing
- Lack of concentration
- Reckless behaviour
- Unexplained pains
If you have been experiencing all of the above-mentioned symptoms or most of them, then you are suffering from depression. You need to visit a psychiatrist immediately. Depression or mental illness does not mean that you have lost sanity and have become mad. It is a misconception which prevents individuals from coming out and accepting that they are suffering from depression. In such circumstances, it becomes equally difficult to address the situation. In extreme situations, an individual might develop a tendency to commit suicide. Hence, it is vital to create awareness about this illness.
Before, you go ahead and start treatment at a psychiatrist’s place; you can try out the following home remedies. These remedies are quite effective and can improve your situation immensely.
Home Remedies for Depression
Unfortunately there is no specific diet that can be recommended for depression. But, it is advisable that you eat at regular intervals. During depression, many individuals tend to overeat in order to curb the emotional turmoil. Keep a check on that. Try to eat as much as required. Whenever you find that you are overeating, involve yourself in some other activity to divert your mind.
There are some foods that you need to eat more than the other varieties. consume food items rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, lycopene, beta carotene, vitamin B12, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin E. Also consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, walnuts, almonds, etc.
Exercise and Depression
When you exercise your body releases endorphins or happy hormones. They tend to make you feel good about yourself and fight the symptoms of pain. Owing to this particular reason, after every workout session, you feel good about yourself. Moreover, when you are exercising, your mind is preoccupied. You don’t get the time to think about destructive thoughts.
St. John Wort Therapy for Depression
St. John’s wort is herb (plant) which is used in several medicinal products in many parts of the world. Although the benefits of this yellow plant are still being explored, there is no harm if you consult with your doctor and try this herb.
The other measures that you can take to overcome depression include the following:
Prefer working in bright light. If proper sunlight is not available, then illuminate your working place with bright lighting.
Drink plenty of water and juices.
Whenever you get negative thoughts, just utter a positive word and replace that thought.
Avoid loneliness and make a habit of mingling with likeminded people, friends and family members.
Make your day longer by going to bed early and waking up early.
In addition to following the above mentioned home remedies, do not forget to consult a medical professional as early as possible.