Health tips and home remedies for depression


What Is Depression?

It is natural to feel depressed sometimes, but such feeling down lingers day after day, it could be sign of depression. Major depression is an occurrence of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms which lasts at least two weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily routine activities. Depression is not any sign of weakness or a negative personality. It is a major health concern and a treatable medical condition.

What Causes Depression?

We do not know exactly what causes depression, a number of factors are often linked to its development. Depression usually results from a combination of present and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than particular one issue or event.
Incidents in Life
Research suggests that continuing problems in life like, long-term unemployment, living in an disrespectful or uncaring relationship, long-term separation or loneliness, continuous  work stress – are more likely to cause depression than present life stresses. However, present events (such as losing your job) or a combination of events can ‘initiate' depression if you are already at risk because of previous bad experiences or factors.

Family History
Depression can be caused due to family history and some people will be at an genetic risk. However, having a parent or close blood relative with depression does not mean you will automatically have the same experience. Life situation and other personal factors are still likely to have significant impact.

Some people may be at high risk of depression because of their personality, particularly if they have a trend to worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are perfectionists, are sensitive to won criticism, or are self-critical and negative.

Serious Medical Illness
The stress and worry due to serious illness can lead to depression, especially if you are dealing with long-term illness and/or chronic pain.
 Or uncomfortable lifestyle.

Drug and Alcohol Use 
Drug and/or alcohol use can lead to and result from depression. Many people with depression consume drug and alcohol.

Changes in the Brain
Depression is not just the result of a ‘chemical imbalance’, for example you have too much or not enough of a particular brain chemical. It is complicated, but there are multiple causes of major depression.
Other factor may cause changes or imbalance in brain chemicals which leads to depression.

Sign and Symptoms of Depression:

It is important to remember that we all experience some of these symptoms from time to time, and it may not necessarily mean you're depressed. But, not everyone who feels depressed will have all of these symptoms.
·         Being at home or one place, avoid outing
·         Not completing things at work or school
·         Being away from close family and friends
·         Habitual  to alcohol and sedatives
·         Not involving in usual enjoyable activities
·         Not concentrating

·         Speechless
·         shamefaced
·         Bad-tempered
·         Unsatisfied
·         lacking in assurance
·         Not happy
·         Hesitant
·         Upset
·         Despondent


·         'I can’t succeed.'
·         'I am at fault.'
·         'There is Nothing good ever happens to me.'
·         'I am useless.'
·         'There is nothing worth in living.'
·         'People would feel better without me.'


·         Feeling tired all the time
·         Being sick and run down
·         headaches and muscle pains in body
·         Churning emotions
·         Sleep complications
·         loss or variation of appetite
·         Extreme weight loss or gain
If you think that you or someone you know may be under depression, after reviewing above checklist is a quick, easy and confidential way to give you more insight. The checklist would not provide a diagnosis – for that you shall need to see a health professional – but it may help to guide you and provide a better understanding of how you are feeling. 

Health Tips for Depression:


1. Stay in touch

Do not withdraw from society. Socializing can enhance your mood. Keeping in touch with friends and family means you have someone to talk and share your feeling when you feel low.  

2. Be more active

Take up some form of exercise like aerobics, morning walk, dancing etc. There are evidence that exercise can help to lighten your mood and feeling fresh. If you are not exercised for a while, start gently by walking every day and then switch to another form. 

3. Face your fears

Never avoid the things you find difficult. When people feel depressed or anxious, they sometimes avoid speaking to other people. Some people also avoid going out, driving or travelling.
If this is happening, facing up such situations will help them become easier.

4. Stop drink too much alcohol

For some people, alcohol may become a problem. He/she may drink more than usual as a way of coping with or hiding their emotions, or just to fill loneliness or to kill time. But alcohol won't help you solve any of your problems and could also make you feel more depressed and down.

5. Try to eat a healthy diet

Some people do not feel like eating when they are down and are at risk of becoming underweight. Others find comfort in food, eat excessive and can put on excess weight.

6. Have a routine

When people feel depressed, they can get into irregular sleep patterns, staying up late and sleeping during the day time. Try to get up at your regular time and stick to your daily routine as much as possible.
Not having a routine can affect your eating habits too, try to carry on cooking and eating regular meals as much as possible.

7. Meditation and yoga

Meditation and yoga also fall under "stress reduction techniques.
Both meditation and yoga are believe to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is involved when the body relaxes, slowing relaxing body and feeling healthy.
There is quite a small research in this area, the studies showing that different types of meditation appear to have advantage over depression.  

8. Learn How to Divert Mind from Negative Thoughts

Depression not only make you feel bad, it can also cause you to think more negative. Diverting mind from those negative thoughts, however, can improve your mood. Engaging self in any activity is best way to kill negative thoughts.

9. Beat Delay

The symptoms of depression, such as fatigue and difficulty in concentrating, make delay tempting.
But putting things off promote depression. It can lead to increased guiltiness, worry, and anxiety.
It is important to plan and manage your time well. Plan short-term goals and get completed the most important things done first. Each task you successfully complete will help you to overcome the habit of delaying.

10. Get a Handle on Your Household Tasks

Depression can make it difficult to complete household tasks, such as cleaning, doing the dishes or paying bills. 
Take control of your daily tasks. Start with small and work on one project at a time. Getting up and start with your daily routine can help you start to feel better in itself. But, working in plan at the home can be key to helping you feel better. 

11. Create a Wellness Toolkit

A wellness toolkit is a set of tools that you may use to help soothe yourself when you are feeling depressed.
The tools you find most useful might not work for someone else so it is important to carefully select what things can help you feel your best.
Cuddling your pet, listening to music, a warm bath, or reading a favorite book are just a few tools you might find useful.

12. Reduce Your Stress

When you are under stress, your body produces more of a hormone called cortisol. Very quickly, this is a good because it helps you gear up to cope with stressful condition in your life.
However, over the long run, it can cause many problems for you, including depression. The use of stress reducing techniques is better to reduce your risk of becoming depressed.

Home Remedies for Depression:

1. Lavender Oil
Lavender aroma Oil is being used as an inhalant—in sachets, sprays, oils, and lotions—for centuries. The smell induces calm and sleep. Lavender has an anxiety treatment that does not make you tired. It can be used as you want—when feel anxious, or regularly, depending on your needs.

2. Valerian Root
Valerian roots works as a mild antidepressant and anxiolytic and has established through testing not to have a sedative consequence. The extract phytofin Valerian 368 has been shown to have sleep-enhancing abilities.
Valerian root is the very effective herb for sleep. It is a good option for more severe anxiety and for evening use, when you would not be driving or working.
In fact, it is extensively available in “sleep drinks” at a dose of about 20 milligrams. It is important not to combine valerian with alcohol or other medications.

3. Kava
Kava root are being used as a traditional tea in the Polynesian islands for centuries. It is non-addictive and has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety condition. Kava has a feel alike to alcohol—relaxing and anxiety-reducing, but without addictive quality.
Kava has shown in several studies to have an effect alike to that of valium in treating anxiety. Kava should not be taken for more than 28 days, nor should it be taken if you have hepatitis or any +other liver problems.

4. Rhodiola
Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea), sometimes called Arctic root or golden root, is considered an adaptogenic herb, means that it acts in non-specific ways to up resistance to stress.
This herb produces at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia, and its root has been used in traditional medicine in Russia and the Scandinavian countries.
The most common side effects were dizziness and dry mouth. Rhodiola appears to work faster than usual antidepressants, often in a week.

5. Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha, known as Indian ginseng, is an herb that is being used in Ayurveda, traditional medicine of India that can be traced back to 6000 years. Ashwaganda has been used for various conditions, some of which have been studied scientifically.
Ashwagandha is effective in dropping stress hormones, promoting intellect and memory, protecting against neuronal injury in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. It may also reverse or slow neuritic atrophy and synaptic loss in those diseases conditions.
Ashwagandha has also shown effectiveness in bipolar disorder, by improving auditory-verbal working memory), a measure of reaction time, and a measure of social thought.
Ashwagandha is also effective as an anxiolytic, as a mood stabilizer, and in treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

6. Chamomile 
Chamomile is particularly helpful for those dealing with both depression and anxiety. Two species of chamomile used medicinally, German or wild chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman or English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). German chamomile is very commonly used but both offer very similar health benefits.

7. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo extract is used in Europe where it is available by prescription or as an approved
In the US, ginkgo is sold as a nutritional supplement, typically as a standardized Ginkgo biloba extract made from dried ginkgo leaves.
Standardized extracts are now used for treating of a wide range of conditions including memory loss, concentration problems, mental confusion, depression, anxiety, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache.
Ginkgo is supposed to work by increasing blood supply, reducing blood viscosity, boosting neurotransmitters, and reducing toxic free radicals. It can help to treat depression by increasing uptake of both serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters frequently low in those with depression.
Ginkgo extract may also reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress by dropping levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

8. Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca is being traditionally used in Peru to treat depression and to stimulate libido.
Maca helps to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms in women with menopause. Maca is really effective for treating psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression.  While Black Maca helps to improve cognitive function the most, but all colors of Maca are helpful for depression.

9. Rosemary
Rosemary leaves are used for flavoring meats, potatoes, cooking oils, and many other seasoning purposes. Seasoning with Rosemary shows good effects as an antidepressant and anxiolytic. The active ingredients in Rosemary are rosmanol, circimaritin, and salvigenin make it a great addition to the spice medicine cabinet.  Rosemary is good with many Middle Eastern dishes, and also can be used in peas, lamb, veal, and fish.

10. Thyme
Thyme is a good source of lithium and tryptophan. Both help as mood stabilizers and sleep and calming aids in the small doses available simply by using as spice in cooking.
Thyme with garlic can be used as a rub for roasts. It is also good with eggplant dishes containing peppers.

11. St. John’s Wort
One the best known herb used to treat both anxiety and depression is St. John’s Wort. It is used as first-line treatment in Germany for mild to moderate depression and is well-established as an effective antidepressant—equivalent in effectiveness to allopathic prescription antidepressants—with few side effects. Like the SSRIs.
If you are taking medications, it should absolutely be monitored by your physician to be sure that there are no toxic side effects.
St. John’s Wort reduce  the potency of birth control pills. It can also decrease the potency of hormone-replacement therapy, be cautious for it.
It is important to note that St. John’s wort is known for interacting with many of medications. This is especially true for blood diluents, birth control pills, and chemotherapy medicaments. Always consult with your physician before taking this herb. 

12. S-adenosylMethionine
This supplement is designed to act like a4 synthetic form of the body’s natural mood-booster. S-adenosylmethionine is regarded as a supplement in the United States — the FDA doesn’t consider it a medication.
S-adenosylmethionine is not approved by the FDA to treat depression in the United States, but it is used in Europe as a prescription drug to treat depression.
It is not recommended that you take S-adenosylmethionine along with other antidepressants. You should also be aware that S-adenosylmethionine can cause some health effects such as upset stomach and constipation if you take too much.

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