According to the World Health Organization, over 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. For the majority of my life, I was one of those 300 million people, although I refused to admit it until about two years ago. When I finally admitted that I had high-functioning depression, I began a journey to find a way to overcome it without going on prescription medication. I’ve made a lot of changes in my life over the past two years, and the result is that I am a completely different person. I still have my moments, but overall I am now a joyful, peaceful person, and I want to help you find that same victory.
Here are five of the changes I made in my life to overcome depression:
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1. Eliminate All Processed Foods
This includes all sugar, white flour, and packaged foods. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a treat now and then, but not regularly. I personally started an eating plan called “Trim Healthy Mama”. They have a book that explains the science behind the plan, as well as a cookbook full of delicious recipes. You can order both the plan book and cookbook on Amazon. You can also learn more about this eating plan at this blog.
2. Get Moving
Get your butt out of your bed, or chair, or couch, and get it moving. Sitting still and doing nothing only makes the depression worse. Go for a walk, pop in an exercise video, take a class at your gym, dance around to your favorite song. Do something that gets your heart pumping. Even just ten minutes of some kind of movement will improve your mood and your health.
3. Invest in Good Supplements (or at the very least, a good probiotic)
Our health and our immune system begins in our intestines. Additionally, the majority of our serotonin (the “happy” hormone) is created in our intestines. Because of this, taking a good probiotic as well as high quality supplements that support your intestines is crucial. After a lot of research and trying various brands, I finally found one that works for me and became an ambassador for the company. Click here to learn more about these supplements, or contact me directly.
4. Limit Your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is a stimulant, and it increases your body’s production of cortisol. This leads to increased feelings of stress, and often increased feelings of depression. I know how hard this can be (coffee is so good!), but just give it a good two weeks and see how you feel. I promise it will be worth it.
5. Talk to Someone
There is something about sharing a struggle that makes it so much easier to handle. Find someone, anyone, who you can talk to. For some this may be a friend or family member, for others it may be a counselor or a therapist. Regardless of who it is, make sure it is someone you can be open and transparent with, and make sure it is someone who will build you up and encourage you.
These are five of the things I did to beat depression in my life. Have you struggled with depression? Leave your helpful tips in the comments below!
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