Tips to Overcome Stress and Depression

September 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Tips for Ayurveda

Overcome stress and depressionMore and more people worldwide are affected by depression with different reasons. The reasons differ with the family relationships, work atmosphere, pressure with studies and exams, at times with complicated relationships too. Stress and Depression is not uniform and therefore one treatment cannot be applied as a common treatment to the affected person.

The individuals affected with depression needs to get involved in some activity and keep themselves busy and active. As the popular saying,” An idle mind is a devil’s workshop”. This applies very much as the thinking problem is extended with being idle. To overcome Stress and Depression engage yourselves in exercise, listening to music, reading, cooking, blogging or internet surfing. Get involved in activities that will remove the sick feeling and loneliness.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  • A constant feeling of sadness, anxiety, and emptiness
  • A general feeling of pessimism sets in (the glass is always half empty)
  • The person feels hopeless
  • Individuals can feel restless
  • The sufferer may experience irritability
  • Patients may lose interest in activities or hobbies they once enjoyed
  • He/she may lose interest in sex
  • Levels of energy feel lower, fatigue sets in
  • Many people with a depressive illness find it hard to concentrate, remember details, and make decisions
  • Sleep patterns are disturbed – the person may sleep too little or too much
  • Eating habits may change – he/she may either eat too much or have no appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts may occur – some may act on those thoughts
  • The sufferer may complain more of aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems. These problems do not get better with treatment.

Easy tips to Overcome Stress and Depression

Take a walk at least twice a day:

Overcome stress and depressionIt is important in mental health to take a walk on green grass, because green color is good for health, the walk on bare feet will soothe your body and improve blood circulation. Walking twice a day is also recommended by Doctors for good health. Walking in the morning will provide exposure to bright sunlight that can provide psychological effect on mind. Avoid wearing dark glasses as sunlight exposure to your body must come through your eyes. Take a relaxed walk in the evenings after your dinner. This will also help to regulate your daily routine; perfect sleep in the night and get fresh morning.

Follow Aerobic exercises to overcome depression:

Health experts recommend Aerobic exercises as an effective remedy for overcoming depression. Allocate half an hour thrice a week for aerobic exercises. Listen to music, warm up slowly and practice. Get your heart beat (pulse rate) up to the target range of about 50-85 percent of the maximum heart rate depending upon your age and condition.

Plan a change in your sleeping schedule:

Plan your sleep routine such that you go to bed at the same time every night. Turn your lights dim and create a dark room effect for better sleep. Avoid working late night , avoid watching TV for extended hours. Engage yourself in quite activities like reading a book, articles etc. Basically keep away from stressful activities like drinking alcohol, caffeine.

Socialize and build a healthy community around you

Make an attempt to get along with close friends and family. You need not indulge into long conversations but yes…keep in touch and share your thoughts. Keep conversations simple, no arguments, have fun with people around you. Take time to go out for movies, or visiting some place where your mind is relaxed. If you do not have time for long visits, make it short over tea or coffee together .These distractions will lessen stress and you need to include small breaks in your daily routine.

Updating your personal dairy on a daily basis

Updating your personal dairy is a good method to reflect your depression or stressful feeling. This will give you an opportunity to recollect all occurrences in the day and mention the key things in your dairy. This is also a great way to release stress and make you feel relaxed.

Depression can lead to emotional and physical problems. Typically, people with depression find it hard to go about their day-to-day activities, and may also feel that life is not worth living.

Ayurvedic remedies for Overcoming Depression

Overcome stress and depressionRelaxation and Meditation are also effective measures in the treatment of depression. Practice shavasana -dead posture in Yoga, for maximum benefits of meditation. Meditation involves training the mind to remain fixed on a particular external or internal location. Meditation helps to create balance in the nervous system. Incorporate yoga and mild exercises.

Also read: Simple ways to include Ayurveda in everyday life

Natural home remedy for Overcoming depression:

  • Add some fresh Rose petals to a cup of boiling water. When it comes to room temp, add sugar and drink whenever feeling depressed.
  • Cardamom helps in relaxing the body and mind. Crush 3-4 cardamom seeds to powder. Take  ½ tsp of cardamom powder and mix it in 1 glass of water. Mix well, filter and drink 1 glass every day.
  • Crush 3-4 cashew nuts to powder. Take 1 tsp of cashew nut powder and mix it in 1 cup of warm milk. Mix well and drink every day.

The treatment for depression is not ‘One size fits all’, however the family and friends need to extend maximum support. People, suffer from various ailments like thyroid, diabetes, high Blood pressure and those who really wanted to overcome depression should engage themselves in some other kind of activities like exercise to make yourself busy and to not think about what makes you depressed.

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