Natural Solution for Depression

Natural Solution for Depression


Move to Improve Your Mood

Exercise, in many ways, has become a prominent piece of a healthy lifestyle for good reason. People incorporate exercise into their routine for various health related reasons, but fewer may be aware of the impact it can have on your mood and may be a natural solution for depression. Depression can be an overwhelming condition inhibiting individuals and families from experiencing what they truly love. Perhaps you know of someone that struggles with some form of depression. In the US the CDC reports that 1 in 10 US adults suffer from mild, moderate or major depression. The National Institute of Mental Health has listed symptoms of depression that may include:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

One study that used exercise for treatment of major depression reported: “Among individuals with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), exercise therapy is feasible and is associated with significant therapeutic benefit, especially if exercise is continued over time. “After 4 months patients in all three groups exhibited significant improvement…After 10 months, however, remitted subjects in the exercise group had significantly lower relapse rates than subjects in the medication group.” Your body was designed to move and maintain health through a constant state of adaptation. Movement through exercise can be a great way to bring balance into your routine. In our fast paced society it is important to schedule relaxation into your day and it is equally important to challenge your body through exercise. Challenging your body with exercise regularly helps promote growth and adaptation toward healing. It is said to alter brain chemistry in a similar way antidepressants do by regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Whether you struggle with depression or not, exercise is an important piece to any healthy lifestyle. Depending on your individual situation there are various types of exercise, and research has suggested that even a brisk walk for 30-45mins 3-5 times a week can have a dramatic impact. So, if you feel your life is a little out of balance add some regular exercise and it may just improve your mood!


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