Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Whether you take medication for depression or not, it is really important to address a number of factors which will help restore and support balance in your life.’
Depression is not a disease – it is a range of symptoms that manifest when your body and lifestyle are out of balance. Here are a few things you may wish to address especially if you are thinking of medication but even if you do use anti-depressants do a reassessment anyway.
Looking at sleep quality and quantity has profound effects on mood, behavior and coping skills so improving your nighttime habits is a great place to start.
Exercise is also a wonderful positive in helping people cope with depressive symptoms as hormones which are released during exercise have positive effects on the brain and body.
Eating well is also important in keeping blood sugars stable and you happy. Avoid or limit your sugars and grains to make a difference in mood. Now with summer here, eating lots of raw salads with proteins like fish, chicken, white cheeses, nuts, lean meat, falafels……is easier to do. Talk to our Naturopaths for more info.
Using fresh fruit, nuts, full-fat yogurt (lactose-free if available), dark chocolate and loads of filtered water for snacking will help keep cravings at bay and energy levels stable all day.
Sensible sun exposure is your best source of Vitamin D and being outside is good for the soul to get out there for your free dose of happiness.
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About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.
Category: Stress Management