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How To Alleviate Depression Without Prozac

Depression and stress are often correlated with each other in clinical diagnosis. The medicines and treatments may be similar for both but it is important to remember that the causes of stress and depression are completely different from each other. Depression makes you completely helpless with adverse psychological, behavioral, and physical effects. But depression can be alleviated without Prozac using these simple natural techniques.

A ‘Happy’ Diet

Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, folic acid, and zinc improve your mood and make you more optimistic about life. There is no magic diet which can make you happy but consuming these nutrients more strengthens and improves the functionality of oxytocin (the happiness hormone). Ultimately, you successfully fight depression and live life optimistically.

Exercise

Biological compounds which make you feel better are called endorphins. Exercise activates these chemicals and makes you feel better on a temporary basis. Exercise may have permanent effects on mood but this phenomenon has yet to be studied with evidence.

Light Therapy

There are a number of ways to obtain benefits from light by making it a part of exercises and therapies. These therapies are specifically recommended to people prone to seasonal affective disorder but those suffering from permanent depression may also use these. The therapy includes regular sessions of 15 to 20 minutes. The session time is gradually increased to two hours or more if needed. A box mimicking outdoor light is used to treat depression in light therapy.

Mood Therapy

Mood therapies refer to different techniques of inducing optimistic thinking in depressed people. It helps depressed people by making them skilful at the art of finding positive elements from negative events. You don’t need to be depressed to undergo mood therapies. People suffering from regular work stress may also try mood therapies.

Increase B-Vitamin Intake

B vitamins not only improve your skin and hair but these are also known for their amazing effects on the mood and productivity. The richest source of B vitamins is banana.

Get Enough Sleep

Rest automatically reduces physical and mental stress, and also helps with depression. An eight-hour sleep is effective in reducing symptoms of depression. Use natural sleep-inducing tactics instead of using sleeping pills.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is a rich source of essential nutrients like selenium, zinc, and magnesium. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids which improve the effectiveness of endorphins and regulate hormones to reduce mood swings.

Meditation

45-minutes of meditation a day is all you need to start a fun-filled life ahead. Meditation is one of the easiest yoga practices. You only need a mat (optional also), a quiet place, and some time. Start small with a few minutes of meditation and then gradually increase its duration. A bonus tip is to read motivational and faith-giving quotes before starting meditating.

Saffron

The expensive Middle Eastern food saffron is known for its rich effects on serotonin and other brain chemicals. A six-week study has revealed it to be as effective as Prozac.

Yoga

It is widely accepted fact now that yoga is effective not only for depression but also for other psychological problems like anxiety, stress, and hostility. Yoga is one of the lowest risk tools for treating depression. It definitely reduces depression temporarily but it may also become an effective method of permanently treating depression and anxiety.

Do Something New

The theory is simple. Doing something new improves creativity and productivity and brings satisfaction that ultimately leads to happiness and improved mood.

It is also important to socialize with positive people. In addition, don’t hesitate about informing your colleagues and coworkers about depression. Nothing heals depression more powerfully than supportive. Once you become self-sufficient, you will see how quickly your depression is cured!