fight depression naturally

How To Beat Depression Naturally And Keep It At Bay

Depression is a mental illness that everyone would like to avoid. But according to WHO, it is a common disorder in people.

Depression produces emotional suffering and significant functional disability in all areas of life. It is not a condition that can be controlled so easily and therefore requires treatment just like any other medical condition. But not everything in life is solved with drugs.

There are many ways to fight depression. Below we give you 10 ways to beat depression naturally.

Note/credit: most of these were taken from Knowledge For Men’s list of natural ways to beat depression

Sleep well

By not sleeping the necessary 8 hours that all specialists recommend, your body will react negatively, which makes your mood change, and you feel like it. This is why it is best to give priority to sleeping hours. Make sure you lie down in bed relaxed by not watching television one hour in advance, and also avoid staring at the screen of your smartphone, tablet or laptop. The illuminated displays disrupt your sleep-wake rhythm.

sleeping help improve depression naturally 1024x682 - How To Beat Depression Naturally And Keep It At Bay


Many antidepressants increase and regulate the production of the serotonin and nor-adrenaline neurotransmitters, which affect a person’s mood and emotions. Exercise does more or less the same as antidepressants and naturally increases the mood. Exercise also increases endorphin production, a neurotransmitter with analgesic effects. Endorphins are probably responsible for the feeling of well-being.

Choose cheerful and energetic food

Eating certain foods would help you be happier every day. They are small, but they can help more naturally. Eating a whole-grain cereal with a dairy and fruit, are the basis of a full breakfast that is essential to get up on the right foot and feel much better. Banana and dark chocolate are just but examples of mood-improving foods.

bananas 4670205 1280 1024x682 - How To Beat Depression Naturally And Keep It At Bay

Bananas contain fructose and fiber, which offers the body an immediate sprint and energy when the body requires it. Dark chocolate contains high levels of tryptophan, which helps with the good functioning of the brain and blood circulation.


A relaxing activity just before bedtime can be meditation. There are many forms of meditation. Just sitting still can only have a relaxing effect. You can contemplate your day or life while meditating or try to think of nothing and accept the thoughts that come to you and let them go again. You can also concentrate on your breathing or a burning candle.

meditation 1024x682 - How To Beat Depression Naturally And Keep It At Bay

Do something that makes you happy

Even if you are eating well, exercising, and sleeping the necessary hours, but still feeling a great emptiness, it is because you are not doing what you like. Doing something you love will lighten you up, and setting goals will help find meaning in your life.

Hang out with friends

Every person needs someone’s company when he wants to celebrate or when he feels sad. One of the best ways to have a bad time is to be with friends and laugh out loud. There are many benefits that laughter brings to your body and your mental health. Laughter contributes to a change of mental attitude that favors the decrease of diseases, helps to release fear and the feeling of anguish. If you feel alone, look for a group of friends who will help you forget all those negative thoughts in your head.

hang out with friends 1024x650 - How To Beat Depression Naturally And Keep It At Bay

Light therapy

Many people who suffer from seasonal depression can try light therapy. This starts when the days get shorter and darker. Light influences your mood. People who already have depression become more somber, and have a mood problem, suffer from mild depression. Light therapy can then offer a solution. With light therapy, you are just in front of a light-box that simulates daylight. How long you have to sit in front of it depends on the severity of your depression. Although light therapy does not cure depression, it helps relieve symptoms.

Don’t skip meals.

Divide your diet by providing three main meals and two snacks, one in the mid-afternoon and one in the mid-morning. By getting used to this routine, you will help to keep blood sugar levels stable, thus avoiding mood swings that may contribute to depression.


In addition to all these natural remedies to fight depression, the consultation of a doctor should be paramount. Specialists know how to deal with these problems and can offer the most effective solutions. Medications are necessary when fighting depression. However, the good part is that these natural ways are compatible with medications.

SmallStepstoHealth Featuredtwo 750x500 - 3 Simple Baby Steps to Achieve Healthier Lifestyle

3 Simple Baby Steps to Achieve Healthier Lifestyle

New Year, new me? It is always a dilemma to many every time the year ends and a new one starts. It’s like everyone wants a change for themselves, oftentimes this is called New Year’s resolution. Most people have this resolutions that they try to do for a new start.

Some desires to achieve a healthier life and wishes to change their lifestyle, but it’s not easy. How can we really change it?

Wanting to change what you learned to live through is quiet hard, especially with regards to your habits. Lifestyle is complicated, wanting it to be healthier is more complex than imagined.

It is not just about going on a diet, getting sexy, being physically fit and so on. Healthier lifestyle is more than just food and diet, it also includes your well-being.

Your ways of doing things, your sleeping habits, how you handle stress and your physical activities. Here are some steps you can take little by little to achieve this:

Start A Simple Diet


20d0787 Simpledietfood - 3 Simple Baby Steps to Achieve Healthier Lifestyle


If what you really change is your physical appearance, look healthier and lose weight, plan your diet. Search for sites that can help you with what diet plans that best fits you. It may be a Vegetarian diet, South Beach diet, Atkins diet or you may want to visit a dietician to provide yourself counselling with regards to your diet, food and nutrition. They may help you to regulate diet and suggest healthy meal plans you should follow.

If you don’t have time to go to the experts and want to save some money, you can also make your own diet to just make sure the proper nutrients needed for a balanced diet meal.

Keep in mind, that skipping meals will never help you lose weight. It’s alright to go on cheat days, but make sure that you go back to you regular dieting after eat, you can make a schedule for when you will have your cheat day at least once a week.



1954524 Onemanexcirse - 3 Simple Baby Steps to Achieve Healthier Lifestyle


Exercising don’t just make you fit but it also gives you strength to do physical activities. Nowadays, a lot of people go to gyms to exercise but you can also do some form of exercising without spending money to pay for membership fees.

Start from walking at least 30 minutes a day, it is the simplest work out you can do, and is also a good cardiovascular activity and lowers blood pressure. You can walk anytime and everywhere, you can do it alone or with friends. This activity not just helps you to work yourself out but also can give you relaxing feeling. You need some time off to cleat your mind? Then walk while thinking about stuff.

There are also a lot of exercise you can do without going out. Push-ups, curl ups, squat, stretching, planking, lifting and the likes can be done at home. If you really want to be healthier, become fit and achieve your body goals, then don’t be lazy and work out!

Get Enough Sleep


296817 Boysleepinginbed - 3 Simple Baby Steps to Achieve Healthier Lifestyle


Staying late at night and overworking yourself is never healthy. Remind yourself to take break from work. No matter how heavy your work load is always make sure you stretch, drink water, relax yourself and eat meals on time.

Most importantly, get the enough amount of sleep you need to regain all your energy. Sleep is essential for one’s health and well-being and it is necessary for young adults and adults to sleep at least 7-9 hours.

For better sleep, make yourself a sleeping schedule and avoid sleeping late. If you are having trouble sleeping, relax yourself first by listening to music or reading books until you fall asleep.

Getting proper sleep does not only helps you regain energy and be physically active but also helps you get clearer and healthier skin.

There are a lot of ways to start your healthier lifestyle, it may be difficult at first to change the habits you are used to but with taking small steps, you can do it too.