There’s no doubt that depression is an extremely complex and difficult illness; brain scientists and psychologists often argue that it is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, but there is far more debate over what the appropriate treatment for this imbalance is. Too often prescription drugs are overutilized, and it turns out that they don’t actually do much to cure depression at all; they may offer symptomatic relief, but the underlying condition will persist unless other avenues of treatment are opted for. What’s more, it’s incredibly difficult to stop taking anti-depressants once you’ve been on them for an extended period of time (or sometimes for any amount of time at all), and people who are successful at doing this frequently experience adverse side effects such as serotonin syndrome and brain zaps. In fact, oftentimes side effects like these will result in more prescriptions being written out.
Please read the list below in order to be able to deal with depression better—whether it’s your own depression or someone else’s.
#1: Try dancing.
A wise (yet young) man once said, “If ever in the life you danced like a drunk, you will come to know that dance is the best mental exercise.” Perhaps surprisingly, the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard University seems to support this ideology: “How many of those who are ballroom dancing, doing the foxtrot, break dancing, or line dancing, realize that they are doing something positive for their bodies—and their brains? [Dancing] has such beneficial effects on the brain that it is now being used to treat people with Parkinson’s disease.” Who knew trying to deal with depression had the potential to be enjoyable?
#2: Stay fit.
Exercise stimulates the human heart which causes more blood to be released, which is excellent because blood flow is vital for good cognitive health. Moreover, exercise releases endorphins which are strong anti-stress hormones, and aerobic exercise in particular boosts neurogenesis which is the new growth of brain cells. A wise young man also said, “Workout[is] the best way to release anger. The angrier you are, [the greater] will be your workout. And once you are done with you workout your anger will be gone and you will be more relaxed. If you talk about depression, it will motivate [you] to [go] workout.” Just do it!
#3: Go traveling.
This technique may be more difficult to try than the others, but you don’t have to go traveling around the world, and you don’t even have to leave the city or town that you currently live in. Just renting a nice hotel for a night or spending time where you never have before will likely have positive impacts on your mental health and happiness. The aforementioned wise young man argues that “The other way to get rid of [depression]) is to travel alone. Plan a trip to any hill station [a town in the low mountains of the Indian subcontinent] . . . When you come back from the trip you will find your mind healthy.”
#4: Tweak your lifestyle.
A former epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains this technique well: “Vitamin therapy in which large doses of vitamin B is ingested regularly under the supervision of a doctor. Fairly vigorous exercise has been shown to release the same neurotransmitters as antidepressant medications. Reducing sugar intake and eating less processed foods including gluten. Claims of depression cures are often used to see products that may be useless or only work for those who believe [because] a television personality or celebrity doctor says so.” As you can see, many small changes to your lifestyle can be just as positive or even more positive than one grand sweeping change for the better.
#5: Contemplate what genuinely makes you happy.
The wise young man advises you to, “Find a room alone and a mirror. Stand in the of the mirror, [stick] your tongue out and start jumping. Your mood will be light soon. The other way [is] to hang out with [friends]. These are the ways that will help you with the depression.” Again, give it some close, meaningful thought, and keep it simple for peaceful results.
#6: Contemplate what seems to cure your loneliness at times.
“A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.”—Lilly Singh
#7: Envision a specific, happy, and successful future for yourself.
“Depression is the inability to construct a future.”—Rollo May
#8: Find something to have genuine faith in.
“Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.”—Chuck Palahniuk
#9: Acknowledge the good things and good people in your life.
“Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.”—Rumi
#10: Accept that both happiness and unhappiness are part of being human (in moderation).
“Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.”—Janet Fitch
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