This post will guide you on The Best Way To Cure Depression.
Are you clinically depressed?
Have you ever thought it could never get better?
Are you worried that this is “Just how I was”?
Have you tried antidepressants, therapy, or anything else that you thought might fix you?
Now I want you to realize something…
I had fought through and defeated depression, you too can. Kindly STUDY how I did it.
I wasn’t broken and my feelings of depression weren’t the actual problem. They were simply a warning sign letting me know that something wasn’t working in my life.
When I realized this, I made the definite decision to beat depression permanently and naturally.
Here’s how I did it, I strongly believe you can!
Work Less, Play More
I had a 6-figure business, I was crushing it and living the life of my dreams.
But I still felt empty and alone. After a tremendous amount of self work, I realized that I had stopped doing the things that I loved in my life.
Everything was about work and making the next paycheck even though I was wealthier than I had ever been.
So I stopped working so much, hired several employees (taking the pay cut for myself), and started spending more time playing.
It changed my life and helped me beat depression more than anything else on this list.
Life isn’t meant to be spent in a cubicle or a desk. It’s meant to be lived.
Get Sufficient Amounts of Sleep
Sleep is the best meditation.
According to research, more than 30% of the world’s workforce is chronically sleep deprived.
Now, at first glance, this statistic probably doesn’t seem all that significant yea?.
But when you consider that sleep deprivation has been strongly linked to
• Impaired Cognition and an Increased Risk of Preventable Accidents
• Not to mention, an increased risk of infections, cancer, and overall mortality.
You begin to realize that sleep deprivation is no joking matter.
And when you consider the positive effects of sufficient sleep, it’s easy to see reasons to get enough sleep.
• Improved memory
• Lower systemic inflammation
• Improved immune function
• Elevated mood
• Learning and problem-solving abilities improved
So how much sleep is enough to help battle depression? And how can you improve the quality of your sleep to maximize the benefits that you gain?
Well, adults need 7-9 hours in order to prevent the effects of sleep deprivation from affecting your life and mood.
As for increasing the quality of your sleep, it’s actually pretty simple.
• Go to bed before 11 p.m.
• Wake up at the same time each day
• Sleep in a completely dark and cold room
• Exercise daily
• Turn off all electronics 60 minutes before bed.
• Reduce blue light by using amber light bulbs and eye care Apps on your smart phones.
If you start to take your sleep more seriously, I can promise you that you will feel the effects almost immediately.
Study after study has illustrated the tremendous importance of daily exercise.
• Elevated mood, reduced stress, and less anxiety
• Improved blood flow to the brain
• The production of new brain cells
• Improves memory
• Improved discipline, impulse control, and decision making
• And, most importantly, decreased depression.
Exercise helps ease depression in diverse ways.
In fact, numerous studies have concluded that for patients with mild to moderate depression, exercise could be just as effective (if not more so) than antidepressants over a 12 week period.
You don’t need a complicated workout plan or a fancy gym membership to reap the anti-depressive benefits of exercise.
Studies have shown that HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training is one of the most effective ways to reap all of the positive benefits of exercise in the shortest amount of time.
Although I recommend a complete resistance training workout at least 3 times a week, and yoga twice a week, if you are just getting started, simply doing three HIIT cardio sessions per week can get you started on the road to recovery.
I personally believe that one of the biggest causes of depression in the modern world is our society’s disconnection from the natural world.
10,000 years ago, we had no choice but to spend time in nature. We were constantly surrounded by plants, animals, and awe-inspiring views that reminded us of our place in the cosmos, the beauty of nature and of the insignificance of our troubles.
But today, we live in a world where nature is scarce and a narcissistic focus on the self is abundant.
We forget that we are nothing more than animals and are only a small part of this planet that we call home.
Exercising outdoors will not only produce endorphins but has the ability to improve self-esteem, reduce feelings of depression, anger, and tension.
In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Essex found that walking in nature reduced depression scores in nearly 71% of patients!
But here’s where things get really interesting.
When the researchers compared the effects of walking in nature to a control group that walked through a shopping center, they found that only 45% of shopping center walkers reduced their depression scores with 22% of them actually citing increased feelings of depression!
This is wild!
By combining regular exposure to nature with the already mentioned tactics, you will have a powerful tool for combating depression in any form that it takes.
Make it your goal to spend at least 3 hours or more in nature each week.
Personally, I try to ride my bike around for at least 60 minutes a day, however, for those of you on a tighter schedule, simply getting out of the city for a long hike once a week can work wonders for your physical and mental well being. To top it off it’s a great place to meditate and journal in absolute solitude!
Express Gratitude Daily
When gratitude appears, fear disappears.
Your brain did not evolve to make you happy. It evolved to make you survive.
Our primal minds are hardwired to focus on the things that we don’t have to encourage innovation, creation, and competition.
After all, when humans first emerged onto the planet, resources were scarce and the competition was fierce. If we didn’t have this inherent desire for more, we would have died out and fallen prey to more aggressive species.
We live in a time where resources are more abundant than ever before even with the increasing population.
Today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to experience true abundance and happiness if we can find a way to sneak around our evolutionary hardwiring and consciously practice gratitude and an abundance mindset.
You, yes you, have more resources and power at your disposal than some the greatest kings of history.
You have access to more information, better health care, longer life expectancies, and more options that the greatest rulers and tyrants that the world has ever known.
The device that you are reading this article on has more computing power than the devices that put a man on the moon!
But most of us don’t realize this. We are caught in an endless loop of scarcity thinking about all of the things that we don’t have and the things that we wish we could have.
If you want to beat depression once and for all then you must wrestle your lizard brain into submission by focusing on the abundance and blessings in your life instead of all of the perceived scarcity and lack in your life.
Among many other benefits gratitude can help increase your baseline happiness levels by more than 10%… That’s equivalent to the happiness boost you would experience from doubling your income!
It’s also been shown to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, increase your odds of career success, and improve the quality of your romantic and platonic relationships.
Gratitude makes an appreciable difference in every area of your life.
Your brain is the most important complicated and important organ in the human body.
It’s the command center for everything in your life and every function that your body has.
However, most of us have no idea how to maintain a healthy and optimized brain. We were never taught how to clean and de-cluster our minds so that they can function at the highest levels.
By regularly journaling about your depression, and about your life in general, you are able to organize and prioritize your thoughts and emotions.
It gives you an opportunity to detach yourself emotionally and analyze your experiences, thoughts, and feelings on a logical level.
It’s kind of like a form of cerebral urination.
If you drink a ton of water over the course of the day and don’t take the time to relieve yourself, your bladder is going to explode and you will experience excruciating pain.
Your brain is the same way.
If you are continually filling your mind with new information, stimulus, and experiences, you will need to empty it occasionally to ensure that it continues to function properly. Unless you take a “Brain dump”, your brain will eventually become so cluttered and frazzled that your mind will explode into a state of stress, disorder, and chaos creating an environment for depression to thrive.
Take 10 to 15 minutes a day and simply write about what you are feeling. You might be amazed by the results and how simple this is.
In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. You let everything go while meditating.
Meditation is the equivalent of shutting out all of the open tabs and programs on your computer to free up the RAM and increase your processing power.
It is one of the single most powerful weapons in your arsenal to fight depression.
Extensive research has been conducted that have shown some pretty amazing and surprising findings regarding the effects of meditation.
• Increases the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin
• Shrinks the brain’s fear center
• Deactivates the anxiety and depression centers of the brain
• Rebuilds the hippocampus of the brain
• Stimulates the same Alpha and Theta brain waves Doctors use to combat depression
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Meditation has proven to help with the following:
• Lower blood pressure
• Alleviate symptoms of insomnia
• Reduce depression and anxiety
• Reduce pain
• Reduce symptoms of IBS
• Aid in smoking cessation
The bottom line is that meditation is a wildly positive habit that can improve nearly every area of your life if it’s practiced with consistency.
Spend Time with People You Love
Despite the fact that we are more connected than ever before, there is a persistent sense of loneliness and isolation in our society that is becoming unavoidable.
People don’t interact the way that they used to. We walk through our lives with our earpiece in, our eyes glued to our phones, and our minds shut off from the outside world.
We are surrounded by people, but most of us feel completely alone.
Unfortunately, most people underestimate the impact that this can have on their mental and physical well being.
In fact, some studies have shown that suffering from loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
Once you have recalibrated your physical body through exercise, the modified Mediterranean diet, and sufficient amounts of high-quality sleep, it’s imperative that you begin to tackle and optimize this part of your life.
According to many studies, regular social interaction can:
• Decrease your risk of depression
• Reduce your likelihood of developing dementia
• Increase your life expectancy
• Boost your immune function and physical health
Life is meant to be lived and shared with others.
If you or someone that you love is suffering from depression, finding ways to increase your social activity and spend more time with amazing and empowering people will help you heal and recover in a way that few other things can.
Beating depression wasn’t easy.
It took me dedication, persistent fighting tooth and nail to overcome it.
And I did it and so can you.
Stay strong !
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