Sadly, a lot of people think of depression as stress. They believe it’s everyday life stress and diverting their attention would help when in reality, depression is a lot more than that. Stress is one of the symptoms of major depressive disorder and the others are: 

  • Withdrawal from friends and family 
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia 
  • Loss of appetite or binge eating
  • Losing weight without even trying 
  • Frequent body aches and hormonal changes 

Besides that, if left untreated, depression can make suicidal. In fact, many suicides are often a result of depression and allopathic medicines are really a solution. To help you further, here I have a list of natural remedies that work well to take the symptoms of major depressive disorder:

Regular Exercise

One of the best and most inexpensive ways to combat the symptoms of major depressive disorder is exercise. When you exercise regularly, your body starts producing more endorphins. As a result, your mood remains pleasant and your energy levels stay uplifted. 

The best thing about exercise is that you don’t need to follow a particular routine or perform a specific exercise for it. A few minutes of walking in the nearby park can do the trick. I usually recommend going for a walk in the morning as it’s the healthiest option. 

Meditation

The second option is to meditate. Meditation is a holistic healing method that eliminates stress and provides you with a fresh perspective on life. That’s right, guys. Meditation teaches you to live in the moment. 

When you focus on the present rather than the past or the future, half of your stress leaves your body. It uplifts your mood. When you feel better on the inside, you perform better on the outside. Either you can join a class for meditation or perform it at home with the help of YouTube tutorials. 

A Cup of Herbal Tea

Instead of consuming caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea that negatively contribute to your symptoms of depression, you should stick to herbal tea. Many herbs and plants are beneficial for the treatment of major depressive disorder. 

A few such herbs and plants are passionflower, ashwagandha, lavender, and CBD products. CBD products work magically to tame the symptoms of depression. Many people use CBD flowers to make herbal tea and the results have been amazing. 

Body Massage

I know stepping out is a struggle when you’re depressed but sometimes it’s necessary to step out and get some air. When going out, why not go to a spa? Yes, visit a spa once or twice a week and get a body massage. 

The gentle strokes of massage can help relieve anxiety and stress. It can also help with other symptoms of major depressive disorder like frequent body aches, digestive issues, hormonal changes, and more. 

Psychotherapy

If nothing else works, you can start going for psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is also quite beneficial for major depressive disorder. Though it isn’t my first choice as it’s quite expensive, it is worth spending the money. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a talk therapy in which you talk about things that bother you with your therapist. Once your therapist knows exactly what you’re going through, they prepare a treatment plan and start helping you out. 

The Takeaway

Major depressive disorder is a severe mental health disorder. It isn’t something one should neglect or it can turn into something destructive. Thus, if you ever notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, please seek treatment immediately. Get better soon!

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