Lifestyle Modification Basics
Natural Therapies To Help Overcome Depression
Lifestyle Changes That Boost Your Mood You Can Do Alone
Achieving a positive mind is the goal of millions of people across the globe who struggle with depression. The good news is that several natural therapies exist that have proven helpful as adjuncts to therapy or medication to help fight depression. For some with minor depression, these natural therapies may be enough to avoid using antidepressants or psychotherapy. Self-help natural therapies that you can do alone include eating mood-boosting foods, engaging in controlled breathing, practicing mindfulness, exercising, using relaxation imagery, practicing progressive muscle relaxation, engaging in journal writing, and being creative. Some lifestyle changes can be made relatively quickly, while others require daily or weekly commitments to enjoy their benefits. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the NIH supports natural therapies for improving lives.