7 Tips to Help Manage Depression without Medication

January 30th, 2011

Many people understand how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of depression on a daily basis but if your skeptical about taking medication or if you feel medication may not be the best thing you may wonder what can be done to help yourself?  Even if you are taking medication additional tips are always welcome and if you’re working toward getting off your medication the following tips may help in managing depression.

  • Pay attention to sugar intake.  Low levels of serotonin have a depression link and though refined sugars can temporarily boost these levels you may see your mood shift pretty quickly when sugar levels drop.
  • Eating well can help your body function better and for some it can help you think more clearly. If you know you are not eating well you may want to seek a multi-vitamin supplement.
  • Many have heard about exercising but it can help boost your energy naturally and has positive lasting effects when done regularly.
  • Fresh air and sunlight can help you clear your mind and relax. Research has shown that natural light can improve your mood.  Even a brisk walk for 15 minutes outdoors could do you good!
  • Keeping a journal can help you pin point what makes you depressed and even have a place to write ideas on what to do help you feel better.  Writing your personal thoughts can help you work through them. A blog may also help!
  • Many of us believe in the power of prayer and taking time out to do just that can help you relieve tension and stress. Even if you don’t pray you can seek ways to meditate for quiet reflection.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  There are so many people you can talk to and more than you think.  Remember there are people who want to help you such as a medical professional, teacher, church leader, or anyone you consider a good friend.

Remember to give yourself time to recovery since you may get discourage early in the process.  There are other people you can connect with that understand what you are experiencing. Even if you are in a good mood doing some of these tips may help to maintain it.