A brief overview of holistic treatment for depression and tools and techniques for depression self help
Below is the depression self help I have discovered and used in my holistic treatment for depression that I have battled for 55 years. These are all natural treatments and techniques. Since every person is different, though, you need to realize that there is much trial and error involved in you discovering which treatments work well for you. I also believe that depression is the result of unresolved issues in your life that you are suppressing. So in order to really win your battle with depression, you should address and handle these issues. Remember this.
Herbal Support and Supplements for Depression Self Help
Saint John’s Wort (start with 300 mg – up to up to 1500mg if needed – once daily of standardized product)
SAMe (200 mg twice daily)
5-HTP (start with 25 or 50 mg once daily – can increase up to 3 times a day if needed) – take with 50 mg B complex
Lithium Orotate (120 to 360 mg – twice daily, this works great for me)
Fish Oil (500 to 1000mg of EPA/DHA)
Ginkgo Biloba (60 to 120 mg twice daily of standardized product)
B-complex vitamin (50 mg once or twice a day)
DLPA (DL-phenylalanine) (500 to 1000 mg in the morning)
L-Tyrosine (100 to 500 mg twice daily)
L-Tryptophan (500 to 1000 mg 3 times a day)
Ashwagandha (1000 mg 2 or 3 times a day)
DHEA (5 to 15 mg – if your body is low in this hormone)
Phosphatidylserine (up to 300 mg daily)
Vitamin D (400 to 800 IU daily)
Acetyl-L-Carnitine – especially for seniors (500 mg 3 times a day)
Herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, hops, passionflower, oatstraw, valerian and kava
Exercises And Activities For The Holistic Treatment Of Depression
Take an hour long walk out in nature, looking far into the distance as often as possible. This really helps to rebalance you mentally and physically. Gazing in the distance also helps give you a larger perspective and is good for depression self help also.
Rebounding (mini trampoline) is one of my favorites- but be sure you use a high quality trampoline for safety reasons (I use and recommend Cellerciser), yoga, pilates, aerobics – any kind of exercise helps – and not just in the short term. If you exercise regularly, this helps your body be healthier and stay balanced and is an important ingredient in the holistic treatment for depression.
Do something productive. Even though you feel hopeless, force yourself to finish a task – the bigger the better. This boost to your self confidence is good depression self help.
Go dancing. It releases endorphines which lift your spirits. Plus it’s a fun, social thing to do and is therefore a great addition to your holistic treatment for depression.
Listen to your favorite music. You probably already know this works.
Help someone in need. It not only pulls your focus outward and away from your troubles but it is very gratifying and increases your self esteem. It’s a win-win situation and is wonderful holistic treatment for depression.
Take a sauna, get into a jacuzzi or take a hot bath. The heat stimulates the body, helps release toxins and helps to rebalance and relax you physically and mentally. It’s an enjoyable and productive depression self help activity.
Get an EMF (electromagnetic field) protector. I’ve tried many different ones but I use and recommend EarthCalm products.
Do cleanses, including liver, kidney, colon and parasite cleanses. I am a big fan of Hulda Clark and have been doing her cleanses for over 15 years. Click here for her cleanse recipes (at the bottom right side of the page).
Watch what you eat. Sugar and wheat products and also highly processed foods weaken the body and make it more susceptible to depression. Make notes on what you’ve been eating before you have a depression episode and then look for patterns. Once you find what triggers depression in you, eliminate – or at least reduce as much as possible – the intake of that food.
Eat as healthy as you can. Avoid chemicals as much as possible, both in your food and also the drugs you take. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, MSG and high fructose corn syrup especially.
Be grateful. Count 20 or even 50 things for which you are truly grateful and watch how it changes your mood.
Other Tools And Techniques
Meditation. Doing this regularly helps you handle stress better and rebalances your body to that you are less prone to depression. It also helps to center you spiritually so that you don’t get as depressed. Meditation is excellent depression self help.
Meridian Tapping. Roger Callahan developed Thought Field Therapy or TFT, a simple and easy to learn technique that is incredibly powerful for changing your state of mind quickly. It also works on other issues you may have. It’s a wonderful holistic treatment for depression technique you should know and use. I use it often myself.
Energy Work and Health Care Practitioners. Of all the depression self help work that I’ve done, rebirthing orconnected breathing, has been one of the most effective short and long term practices for me since it helps handle past issues that are suppressed which, I believe, are the root cause of depression. Another favorite of mine is the Soul Memory Discovery healing modality. Other techniques that also yield positive results in the holistic treatment for depression include acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, massage, reiki, chelation therapy, craniosacral therapy, light therapy, sound therapy, color therapy, hypnosis, chiropractic treatment, osteopathic treatment, electro-stimulus machines such as TENS, Scenar, electro acuscope, electro myopulse, and rife machines, laser therapy, and of course therapists, energy workers and light workers.
I hope this information helps you. I have dealt with depression for over 50 years and have never used drugs in the process. I have found major relief naturally so I share this information with you in the hopes that you will too. Remember, all depression self help is unique to the individual. You need to experiment to find what works best for you. And never give up, there is always something better ahead for you in your life.
God bless you in your holistic treatment for depression program.