As an herbalist of course I believe in the power of natural healing, however, I do not want anyone to think less of themselves if they are on medication. If you or a loved one has depression, please seek professional help. I have personally used medications at various times in my life and believe strongly in the power of ongoing mental health therapy. That being said, these natural remedies can be used alongside therapy, and often medication, although you should always check with your doctor.
Eat Happy Foods
What you eat really can impact how happy or depressed you are. Eating foods like coconut oil, cherries, and flax seed increase your body’s production of serotonin, the feel good chemical in your brain. Eating foods high in magnesium such as spinach, almonds, pumpkin seeds, avocado, or dark chocolate can also regulate mood by stimulating GABA receptors in the brain which makes it easier for you to relax. B vitamins will also help you be less irritable so shellfish, spinach, bell peppers, and salmon are good additions to your diet.
Life around my house has been super crazy lately, but I have found that even just five minutes at the end of the day can really help. If you are up for a little bit of exercise, try some yoga. I usually do mine after the baby has gone to sleep and the house is quiet so I can really relax, but do it whenever works for you. Find a few quiet minutes of the day. It might be when the kids are at school or during nap time. Do what works for you, just do it. It can really help your depression levels.
Drink Herbal Tea
When I get into a bout of depression, it is often followed with insomnia. Chamomile tea is a regular for me to help with that. I also really like red raspberry leaves for PMS symptoms. Just boil your water, steep your herbs, and add a little bit of honey. It’s not super complicated, but it is incredibly useful. Try adding it to your bedtime routine. I drink my tea right after my yoga and before I brush my teeth for bed. If you want some more ideas on herbal teas you can try, check out my herbal tea guide. There are some really great teas out there that can benefit you a lot.
Being active plays a big role in keeping your mental health where you want it. Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. I really dislike going for a run when I am really anxious, but I don’t mind doing some dancing to get out the jitters. Find a form of exercise that works for you and you will actually do. This was my big obstacle in working out, but I promise it is possible to enjoy exercise once you find the form you enjoy doing.