Are you sleeping more than usual lately? Having trouble leaving the house? Not having a diet as healthy as it used to be? Losing interest in your favourite activities? Or feeling less confident and more subjected to a boring, monotonous routine? These are the early signs of depression and if you feel this way, then you could be battling depression. However, don’t you worry. They are right when they say, “prevention is better than cure”. It’s never too late to work on it yourself since there are many treatments to combat depression. But the first step should always be to seek medical assistance. Medications and counselling are conventional ways to alleviate the symptoms of depression. However, some herbs, supplements and a couple lifestyle changes may also help.

Here are a few ways to relieve symptoms of depression:

1). St. John’s Wort

Also known as Hypericum perforatum, St. John’s wort is a plant that has been popular for its mental health treatment properties. This herbal treatment is likely to be effective for depression. A 2016 systematic review found that St. John’s wort was more effective than a placebo for treating mild to moderate depression and worked almost as well as antidepressant medications.

Intake of St. John’s wort by mouth also aids in reducing symptoms of menopause for example hot flashes and mood swings.

Not only that, this plant is known for its wound healing properties. Applying an ointment with this ingredient heals wounds and reduces the chances of getting scars after a C section.

2). Ginseng

Ginseng supplements come from the root of the Asian/American ginseng plant.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine have used ginseng for thousands of years to help people improve mental clarity and reduce the effects of stress. So, if you are someone who needs to manage stress or just need an energy boost, then ginseng is exactly what you need.

These properties of ginseng also act as potential solutions for the low energy and motivation that can occur with depression. So if you find gulping capsules down easier and less of a hassle, then ginseng capsules should be your go-to.

3). Chamomile

study in 2012 reviewed data about Chamomile, which comes from the Matricaria recutita plant, and its role in helping to manage depression and anxiety. The results confirmed that chamomile was more effective than a placebo when it came to easing depressive symptoms.

Chamomile tea, which is also known as sleep tea, stands by its name. People all around the world calm their insomnia with this rich blend. And since depression is aggravated with lack of sleep, Chamomile Tea goes a long way in helping you relax

4). Omega-3 fatty acids

Another effective supplement that will help you extensively with treatment for depression is Omega-3. Those people who are omega-3 deficient are more prone to being depressed. Not only that, the fatty acids in Omega-3 are also very important for better cardiovascular and heart health.

5). EAT HEALTHIER

Incorporating sugary food items, such as chocolates, to your diet will definitely brighten up your mood, control your hormones and even stress levels. However, this is just a temporary fix. If you want long-term effects, then adding carbs, fish and coconut to your diet should eventually reduce depressive symptoms. Drinks like green tea also help boost metabolism and your overall diet

6). SLEEP

Are you getting about seven to eight hours of sleep a night? If not, then there’s your answer to why you feel low. We know that you cannot suddenly jump from your five hour sleep routine to eight hours, overnight. It will be a gradual change and not just something that happens overnight (no puns intended hehe). Start by going to bed an hour early and slowly move your way forward. Those extra minutes can help improve your health and brighten your mood.

7). Exercise

Moderate exercise is essential to keep your body and mind in good health. This will not only help you in shedding some pounds but will also help you clear your mind and re-centre your balance with yourself. It brings back the mental and physical energy that might have been lost doing your everyday mundane tasks. Coupled with an intake of vitamins and minerals such as fish oil, can give you that added energy to counter the lethargy and the demotivation you may feel. So if you are feeling low, just put on your favourite music and start walking. You’ll definitely feel much better.

Hope these tips help improve your mental health. Message us and let us know how you tackle depression so we can spread the word. Stay happy, folks!

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