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Running helps release happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine, lower cortisol levels, and raise the body temp. This lifts your mood, eases muscle tension, improves your sleep, and allays depressive symptoms. A 20-min run can release enough endorphins to give you a high. Running rids your body of kynurenine—a chemical linked to most mental disorders—by changing it into a disposable form.
Taken daily, ashwagandha can lower cortisol levels by 28%, stress by 44%, anxiety by 69%, and depressive symptoms by 68%. It's better than standard anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs as it stabilizes mood, relieves insomnia, and revitalizes the body without any side effects or withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, it can manage weight and food cravings in chronic stress patients. Have 3–6 gm ashwagandha root powder daily for best results but after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor.
Anxiety disorders amplify fear, manifesting as precarious restlessness for no obvious reason. Depression amplifies sadness and involves feelings of ineptitude or hopelessness in life. Unlike depression, anxiety disorders cause interrupted or restless sleep. Depression causes people to oversleep or wake up early. Both can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or Ayurvedic dietary remedies.
Antidepressants regulate neurotransmitters that determine your mood. TCAs may cause weight gain, fatigue, drowsiness, etc. SSRIs may trigger hormonal fluctuations, sexual dysfunction, suicidal thoughts, etc. MAOIs may cause edema, tremors, hyper or hypotension. Individuals with liver, nerve, or heart conditions must be cautious when taking antidepressants.
Yoga is an excellent adjunct therapy that calms and rejuvenates your mind when dealing with depression, stress, and anxiety. If practiced daily, yoga can help...
Magic mushrooms (with psychoactive properties) have been used since ages as revitalizers, cure for cancer and impotency, and healing agents. They contain an effective compound - psilocybin that can help treat OCD, depression, and cancer. But their widespread abuse as a hallucinogenic agent means sale of these mushrooms is illegal in the US. Consume mushrooms only under medical expert advice.
Persistent low mood for an unduly long time, without any strong triggers, can signify chronic depression. Left untreated, it can manifest into major depression. Psychotherapy works for most but some need support of anti- depressants. Keep away from alcohol and drugs. Instead, get into a daily routine with nutrient-rich diet, ample rest, and exercise. Always think positive - this will boost your self-esteem.
Dip in brain chemicals - serotonin and norepinephrine, and inflammatory diseases (autoimmune disorders, cancer) have been linked to depression. Studies show that stimuli of systemic inflammation - lack of sleep, addictions, psychosocial stress, poor diet, and vit D deficiency, can trigger depression. Exercise, meditate, and consume anti-inflammatory foods like garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
Yes, your food can shift your mood. While fast food increases your risk for depression, a Mediterranean diet of fruit, veggies, legumes, fish, and olive oil decreases it. Not just bad mood but also good mood, neuroticism, and boredom cause overeating. Snack on fruits, not on chocolates. Sleep early, wake up early, shun pessimism, and chew slowly to eat less while enjoying your food.
Music not only to the ears but to the brain as well? Music activates multiple regions of the brain responsible for memory, emotion, and even auditory, motor, and visual skills. A few good numbers can work wonders to relieve chronic pain (in cancer patients too), restore movement in stroke patients, calm autistic children, uplift the depressed, and stabilize blood pressure in coronary patients.
Finger pressure on the right spots can work wonders to help you sleep like a baby. The minor physical alterations, brought about by applied pressure, restore the body’s energy balance and leaves you stress free. Shiatsu helps subdue environmental, medical, and mental insomnia stimuli. It cumulates dispersed “shen” to the heart and relieves pain, allowing you to sleep peacefully.
Daydreamers have better ability to recall and retain information. Daydreaming aids “attention cycling,” enabling someone to move between various streams of information, as they continue working on their primary task. It also fosters creativity and teaches you self-worth. Avoid being obsessed with it and understand that it is not real. Negative daydreams can cause depression.
The wanting mind is insatiable. It replaces desire with desire and does not stop. Realize that not wanting doesn't mean stagnation or lack of ambition. Stop comparing, self-loathing, and being impatient and unrealistic. Search within for happiness, indulge in mindful meditation, love yourself, find the extraordinary in the ordinary, be creative, and recall affirmative thoughts.
Depression can drain your energy and hope, thus interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep and have fun. These feelings of helplessness,...
Feeling worthless, hopeless, weak? Social isolation triggers depression and suicidal thoughts. It can cause hardened arteries, inflammation, vascular damage, and heart attacks. Improper sleep, weakened immunity, anxiety, and panic attacks are other effects of loneliness. Pull yourself up, stay busy, connect with loved ones and volunteer to get away from negative thoughts.