Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.
Natural remedies for depression bring to mind things like St. John's Wort and other herbal remedies, but that's not what we're focusing on here. This is not about supplements or remedies you put in your body.
Here you will learn about things you can do on your own, at home, that are totally free! Our approach gets to the causes of depression, instead of providing a quick fix for the symptoms.
If you were looking for a quick fix, by the way, you probably would not even be reading this. This is not a medical site, and I'm not a medical doctor.
I am a doctor however, with a Ph.D. and 40+ years of helping people overcome depression. If you're willing to take a few steps yourself, I will help you to help yourself.
We might lose you here, because the first of our natural remedies for depression is...you guessed it...exercise! Depression lives in your body, and when you get your body moving, it will help with your depression.
Here is a great article that explains how exercise is a "magic cure" for depression, along with some other natural tips and techniques.
Here are some ways exercise helps with depression:
Whether it is regular walking, running, stretching, yoga or working out with a personal trainer, get moving if you don't want to be depressed!
This research study shows that as one of the natural remedies for depression, exercise is "on a par with medication."
This one also requires your effort--but not quite as much as you need for physical exercise.
Therapeutic journaling has been shown consistently to help with managing emotions of all kind, particularly when it is a structured and focused process.
Here's how the journaling process works:
There you have it. Those are the best remedies for depression that I know of...and here are a few more really good ones below.
These are some tried and true remedies to add to your tool bag:
Now the rest is up to you. If you use any or all of the above natural remedies for depression, you will definitely start to feel better! Become your own best resource for healing depression and all related problems.