Depression can be a challenging and complex condition, but it doesn’t have to mean popping pills or spending hours with a therapist to cope.

Our experienced and compassionate team at ReNew Wellness in Gilbert, Arizona, diagnoses and treats depression through our comprehensive mental health care services, but we also offer the following all-natural methods to help you manage your depression at home.

1. Spend time in nature

Spending time outdoors can reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. The next time you feel down, try walking in the park, hiking a trail, or spending time downtown. The fresh air, sunlight, and natural surroundings contribute to peace and tranquility, promoting a positive outlook on life.

2. Practice mindfulness and meditation

Mindfulness and meditation practices can reduce unwanted, negative thoughts and help you focus on the present moment. Mindfulness and meditation can create a sense of inner calm and self-compassion, which enables you to understand your emotions better and promotes emotional resilience.

3. Eat a healthier diet

Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining your overall health, and your mental health is no exception. Limit processed foods and sugar to help prevent mood swings and stabilize your emotions.

A balanced diet includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts have been linked to improved mental health.

4. Get regular exercise

Physical activity is a powerful natural antidepressant. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones, and helps improve your mood. Find an exercise routine or physical activities you enjoy and commit to daily activities to gain mental health benefits and reduce depression.

5. Maintain social connection

It’s common to withdraw from social interactions when you’re feeling down, but maintaining connections is key to reducing or preventing depression. Engaging in positive social interactions can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation.

6. Listen to music

Music has the power to lift your mood. You can listen in the car, on the bus, while participating in physical activity, or as you run errands. You’ll experience a greater mood boost if you dance or sing along!

When to seek professional support

If the above all-natural ways of coping with your depression don’t bring enough relief, you may require professional support. Our team at ReNew Wellness takes a holistic approach to your mental health care, starting with a comprehensive physical exam including blood hormone and nutrient levels. We create a personalized treatment plan that may include psychotherapy, medication, supplements, or innovative therapies like ketamine infusions and Spravato®.

If you’re struggling with depression, contact us today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.

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