Treating Depression Naturally
Depression, especially when mild and manageable, can be treated with natural means. Lots of people are not comfortable taking psychotropic medication when they feel blue, but still want to be proactive in trying to help themselves.
Psychotherapist Nicole McCance has now published the book “52 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally”. It begins with breathing exercises to calm you down and behavioral tips how to get motivated. I especially appreciate the reminder to simply go outside into nature in order to activate mind and body when feeling sluggish and depressed.
Very important are the listed tools to increase self awareness like journaling, handwriting, how to deal with fear, and gratitude exercises.
McCance looks at depression holistically and adds ways how to improve sleep and nutrition. She discusses the benefits of light therapy, aroma therapy and body-mind exercises.
“52 Ways to Beat Depression” is a much needed guide to help alleviate sadness and anxiety and to show ways how to be happier without resorting to drugs.
Schoen, G. (2013). Treating Depression Naturally. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/gentle-self/2013/03/treating-depression-naturally/