Today I was inspired to write an article about depression. It seems there are so many people these days who get caught up in the motions, and wind up depressed and disliking their own lives. I even fall victim to this at times. I meet so many Indigo Children who can’t seem to find the difference between reality and spirituality. They get lost. They become depressed. Especially with Mercury Retrograde messing with us. (And finally, it's gone! Phew!) We can surround ourselves with our loved ones, but what happens when we are alone? That is when things get difficult and we begin to lose ourselves. We must find self love! We must fuel our bodies with mood lifting natural foods and remedies. How exciting!
First off, self love. What does that even mean? The ability to be alone? Well, sure, that too. But we must find the self love. Through meditation and yoga. Exploring our bodies, mentally, internally and physically. Show ourselves some love. Treat and reward yourself, because let’s be honest, you’re doing a great job and this whole “life” thing.
- St. John’s Wort: This is a natural herb that has been around for ages to help sadness, worry, poor sleeping habits and moderate depression. There are side effects, however, including dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue and photosensitivity. I have taken this before and didn’t experience the side effects myself. This comes in capsules, tea and liquid form.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These are the good fats that promote healthy brain function. We can get these from cold water fish, nuts and seeds! Studies show that in Asian countries where they eat more fish the depression rates are 10 times lower! Hello brown rice organic sushi!
- Vitamin B6: This aids in red blood cell metabolism, the nervous system, the immune system, and other functions. Those deficient in B6 find a whole host of problems, including depression and disease. We can find B6 in sunflower seeds, pistachio nuts, fish, turkey, chicken, dried fruit, lean beef, bananas, avocados and spinach. Sounds like you can keep a pretty well rounded (and delicious) diet and up your B6 intake easily. Yum!
- Exercise: Choose something you love and stick with it! Just 30 minutes a day 5 days a week and you’ll start to feel great. When you are active it releases mood enhancing chemicals in the brain called serotonin, kind of like a natural drug. Weeee!
- Sunlight: A little vitamin D in the morning can really wake up your brain. A 30 minute walk in the sunlight in the morning will kill two birds with one stone. Just make sure to wear your sunscreen!
Self love, vitamins and a little sunlight and you’ll be ready to take on anything. It's also been said that connecting the bare soles of your feet to mother earth and feeling her energy enter you through those windows is one of the best antidepressant in the world. I make sure that, even in this crazy city, I get back to mother nature at least once a week. Be one of those people where everyone just has to ask “What are you doing to make you so happy?” the natural way. What could be more exciting than feeling amazing every day without taking prescribed meds, but rather letting your body do all the work for you!