What are the best ways to treat depression without medication?

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What are the best ways to treat depression without medication?

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All these suggestions are good, esp. exercise. If the depression is not as a result of a trauma or sad experience, and is chemical in nature, that is, if you usually feel this way, then exercise is your best friend because it will raise your serotonin levels. Sleep is important, enough but not too much. Regular balanced meals etc. You know, all the good advice. Light and sound are very important. STay with upbeat music and bright colours. One of the things I find helps is techniques for focusing on the positive. And there is always something. Two things I do which help are a gratitude journal in which I write at least one thing to be thankful for each day. Some days, it sure takes a while to come up with something. And it can be a really small thing, like your new shirt, or somebody smiled, or there was a cute rabbit outside. The other thing is an ongoing scrapbook in which I write things and paste pictures of things that make me smile. Then when you hit a day where you can’t think of

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I suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks and stress…. I can not take any of the medicines that doctors prescribe for these conditions they tend to make me worse… so I have had to do the following to keep myself on an even keel… Find a good counsellor attend sessions weekly for three months… take a break then do it again… repeat as long as is required.. Exercise: This is not the 101 situps ten mile run kind of exercise….. Just simple exercise like walking swimming or cycling for at least 20 minutes each day… do this very day… do not push yourself too hard at first walk powerfully enough to start tofeel your heart working and then slow dow a bit then build it up again..Do not hurt yourself or push yourself too hard or fast…be kind to yourself even if it takes you a year before you can exercise steadily for 20 minutes that doesnt matter it is just important that you do this daily and do it with gentleness towards yourself. Eat fresh foods as much as possible. inc

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Depression plays a vital role in health, actually…. unless it simply won’t go away. Depression literally creates a “depression” or hole in us, which wisdom fills. It also lets you slow down, recognize and focus on your problem(s). So if it’s not a major problem, just let it be. Then it will gradually weaken. But it has its place.

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