Everyone has those days when they wake up and nothing feels right. For some, this is a rare occurrence; they can brush it off and move on with their day. For others, this is depression. That looming specter that is always just around the corner, ready to ruin the day at a moment's notice for no good reason. In either case, there are some natural remedies that can help boost your mood and may even turn the day around.
Start the day with exercise – Find an exercise that works for you. Some people find that beginning the day with yoga helps release tension and set the tone for a good day. Others find that a good run will help give them the boost they need. Those with a busier schedule may find that just making themselves dance in the car to upbeat music will brighten their mood. In any case, exercise of any kind releases natural feel good chemicals in the brain. This can lead to a happier day, and a fitter you.
Eat right. – Studies show that eating healthy, and avoiding unhealthy foods, can help decrease thoughts of depression. Eating to many bad fats can make you feel sluggish, or slow, or even fuel bad perceptions of body image, increasing depression. Things like caffeine or sugars will give you a quick high, but whe your system has burned through them, you may wind up feeling even more depressed than before. Eating foods which offer sustained energy and vitamins will help you feel better in the long run.
ST. John's Wort – Check with a doctor to make sure this natural supplement is right for you. St. John's Wort has been used for ages to help stave off feelings of anxiety or depression, among other things. It has also been shown to be effective in numerous clinical trials in curing short erm, or mild to moderate depression. Add this supplement to your vitamin regimen, and give it 4-6 weeks to start working.
Flower therapy – Whether you have a green thumb and grow your own flowers, or you purchase cut flowers for your kitchen centerpiece, it has long been known that flowers will boost your mood. If you are tending to your own flower garden, take your time and enjoy the process of weeding and nurturing your own plants. If you are working with cut flowers, take your time to arrange them artfully, from cutting the stem to placing them in the vase. These small actions will release some of those happy chemicals in your brain.
Light therapy – Natural sunlight is well known for boosting moods. If you can, spend some time out in the sun each day. If you are tending a garden, this will be easy. If not, simply sitting outside on your porch with a magazine will help. Room with windows that let in a lot of light will also help boost your mood. If it is winter, and no natural light is available, then turn on your artificial lights for a simulated effect. Sitting in a darkened room will only darken your spirit.
Choose your day – Every day when you wake up, you have a choice to make. Is this going to be a good day or a bad day? You can choose to let little things ruin your whole day, or you can choose to get over it and keep moving forward. People have a hard time realizing that their perceptions color the world. Attitude is everything, and your attitude can help cure a mild bout of depression. Need help being positive? Start by smiling.
For more serious depression, please consult a therapist or counselor for help.