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Beating Depression Naturally

Beating Depression

Beating Depression

Many people turn to alternative or complementary therapy for their depression because they don’t want to take medication or are uncomfortable going for counseling. These therapies are not always effective, and some are riskier than others. Although most mind-body treatments such as massage, yoga, and meditation are safe, you should always consult your doctor before commencing any kind of alternative treatment—even fish oil.

Exercise

Regular physical activity might not be the first thing your doctor prescribes when diagnosing you with depression, but research suggests maybe it should be. A Duke University study showed that 30 minutes of properly performed moderate aerobic exercise three days a week was as effective as antidepressants in treating symptoms of mild to moderate depression.

Relaxation Techniques

For people who refuse to seek professional medical treatment for their depression, relaxation techniques may be better than nothing. According to a Cochrane Review of 15 clinical trials, relaxation techniques (such as progressive muscle relaxation, relaxation imagery, and autogenic training) are not as effective as psychological therapies like cognitive-behavior therapy, but they are better than no treatment for people with depression.

Meditation

Meditation is a form of relaxation through which people try to clear their heads by focusing on their breathing or a word, otherwise known as a mantra. Some studies suggest that daily meditation practices can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and some symptoms of depression.

Yoga

Yoga is a mind-body exercise that moves people through a series of poses that help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and focus. They are thought to help align the spine, improve mental clarity, and rejuvenate the nervous system. They may help reduce stress and promote relaxation as well as emotional wellness. A few small studies have shown that yoga may have potential as a treatment for anxiety and depression, but larger and deeper studies still need to be done.

Via -healthline

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