Treating Depression Without Medication

by | May 1, 2022

Medication can be very helpful. However, taking medication can sometimes have unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, there are many other ways to treat symptoms of depression.

Routine and Productivity

When people are depressed they tend to get into a rut. They don’t feel motivated to do anything or be with others. It is important to combat this by getting dressed for the day, surrounding oneself with loved ones, taking on responsibilities, and getting into a daily routine. To the depressed person this may seem pointless. It may sound exhausting but it is very important in treating depression. It brings productivity and meaning to the day, and to the person’s life. One must feel like they are accomplishing in life, otherwise those feelings of pointlessness and lack of motivation will only persist.

Exercise for Treating Depression

Exercise is another way to treat depression. When people engage in physical activity their brain releases a chemical called endorphins. Endorphins are a happy boosting chemical. As a result, research has shown that exercise is not only essential for the physique. Exercise also improves mood.

Treating Depression with Healthy Eating Habits

Eating regularly, not skipping meals, and eating healthy foods also help treat symptoms of depression. Just like cars need gasoline to drive, people need food to function. If a person allows themselves to get to the point of starvation this is not going to be good for the person’s mood. Healthy foods are good for the body and the nutrients are essential for the mind to function properly and think clearly.

Sleep Hygiene

When a person is depressed often times they have difficulty sleeping. At times they may sleep too much. The best thing is to try to get an adequate amount of sleep so that the body and mind can be well rested. Following a daily routine can help with getting into a good sleeping pattern. Pursue getting help to treat Insomnia if that is what is interfering with sleep.

Psychotherapy

Lastly, psychotherapy can be extremely helpful in treatment of depressive symptoms. A therapist can help get to the root cause of the feelings behind the depression and tailor a treatment plan for that specific individual suffering from depression. Psychotherapists have a variety of tools they can use for treating depression in therapy sessions. One such tool in talk therapy, for example, is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The theory behind CBT is that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. With CBT the therapist will teach the client suffering from depression how to think differently so that they will feel differently, and ultimately behave differently.

These are a few different ways one could treat depression without the use of medications. If you or someone you know suffers from depression it is important to discuss with a professional. Everyone’s situation may be different and different treatment methods may help different people depending on the cause of the issue. A competent therapist can develop a treatment plan tailored to the particular person to help treat the depressive symptoms. A daily routine, surrounding oneself with loved ones, exercising, getting proper nutrition, not skipping meals, and getting an adequate amount of sleep are always excellent ways to start with treating this condition naturally. If you are currently suffering from depressive symptoms, I am here to help. Our sessions provide a safe space for your healing journey to begin. Please don’t hesitate to reach out today to ask any questions or request an appointment.