Sadness is just another part of the emotion pallet of the human being. It allows you to appreciate happiness when it comes after a long period of unhappiness. In short, it’s just another optimistic way to combat sadness. If you are sad, then, you will also be cheerful soon. So, pass through it with that positivity.
On the other hand, there is the term depression, which has quite a different meaning than the emotion of sadness. There is a lot of grey area between the two, basic human behavior on one side and a clinical problem on the other.
If you think that you are depressed, even then you do not need to worry. All you need is some self-care and correct guidance. A little bit of right food. A little more of understanding your self-worth and meditation to calm you down. Together with all this, it can help you fight depression.
What is depression: causes and symptoms
As we discussed above, sadness is not depression. Depression is a mood disorder, with the prolonged feeling of sadness, loss, and anger that interferes with the daily activities of a person.
Causes of depression can vary from person to person.
- Any kind of family history
- Childhood trauma
- Any kind of drug abuse
There are a few symptoms to depression which can be useful for an early diagnosis
- More than the normal condition of a bad mood
- Uncontrollable anger and agitation
- Difficulty in sleep
- Sudden weight loss and loss of appetite
As the title suggests, you can fight the symptoms of depression with correct food and meditation, here we have the complete guide through both.
Cure depression with food
What we eat, we become that. What I mean to say is, that healthy and fresh eating can be a good way to pull yourself out of depression. The clinical disorder may lead to loss of appetite, that’s why it very necessary to keep a check on your nutrition intake. Below is the list of a few foods, that you can add to your diet to beat the depression.
First comes the food that is known to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Within almonds, cashew, brazil nuts and more, walnuts are the clear winner by being the most nutritious one. Walnut is known to nourish the brain health. It helps in bringing down the depression.
Develop your habit to eat a handful of nuts as the first thing in the morning. Soak them over-night to let them soften-up.
Veggies are good for everyone. But, they are even more important for people going through depression. Scientists say that depression leads to loss of folate in our body. Multicolored vegetables especially the dark green ones are good for mental health.
Eat organic food in specific, it is known to be good for overall health.
Beans are good for the heart. They are good for improving the mood because they digest slowly and stabilizes the blood sugar level. As per Indian diets, Soya-beans, kidney-beans and other legumes of that kind can be added to your daily diet.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin-D can help you combat the depression symptoms as per a study. Exposure to the sun is important for Vitamin-D in our body, but our diet can also help.
- Soy milk
These are a few foods rich in Vitamin-D
Meditate to fight depression
How meditation helps in fighting depression? Well, it lets you notice what’s happening inside. It aware of your surroundings and makes you realis the power within your body.
Meditation is an old practice from Indian culture. It calms you down and gives you the strength to fight all kinds of bad feelings and health issues.
- Boost the brain transmitters
The human brain is a space of multiple neuro-transmitters. These transmitters release the mood-enhancing chemicals and the level of these chemicals leads to sadness and happiness. Meditation helps in the easy flow of these chemicals to fight depression.
The pills advised for depression also does the same, but they can cause side-effects.
- Combats the fear
Another part of the human brain is the ‘fear center’. It controls the release of stress hormones in our body. When you meditate daily, the fear center controls the release of these hormones and prevent the depression patient from suffering the fear or stress.
Helps you gain confidence
Depression usually makes you less confident. Meditation lets you control your unruly feeling and emotions. This generates a feeling of confidence and self-ability. Such a thing is very necessary to fight clinical depression.
Boosts your metabolism
Your mood and the way your body works are highly connected. You won’t feel like eating on a sad and stressed day. Mediation helps you boost-up the slowed metabolism, thus helping is better health and lower stress.
Depression is a clinical disorder but not at all a mental illness. It can be cured with a little care, nutrition, and mindfulness. Your diet and meditation do help a lot in treating depression but, do not skip on your regular therapy sessions Eat healthy food, spend time with your dear ones, and talk your heart out whenever you feel burdened.
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