Anxiety disorders and depression often go hand in hand. In the US alone they affect more than 20% of the population. We are often prescribed strong meds to “fix” us, but these often have an array of side effects and can even result in pill addiction. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try before resorting to hardcore meds, or to maintain your sanity after coming off them. Let’s take a closer look.
1 – Green Borneo Kratom
After they have failed so many, plenty of people are looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs. If you are one of these people, consider giving Green Borneo Kratom a chance. Usually sold in powder or capsule form, Green Borneo Kratom is harvested from Mitragyna Speciosa tree leaves. These leave are known to carry vital alkaloids that help reduce pain in the body and put the body in a state of mild euphoria. It also gives the body a boost of sustained energy to help you get through those low patches when your depression is getting the better of you. This is a great substitute for your morning coffee, as coffee is known to worsen anxiety and depression. It both stimulates and relaxes the body, has minimal side effects, and can be mixed with any food or beverage.
2 – Get More Sleep
Sleep and mood are two peas in a pod. When you don’t get enough sleep, you will not be in a good mood, and you won’t have the necessary energy to get through the day. In order to maintain your emotional well-being, you need to get enough sleep. Enough sleep means about 8 hours of quality sleep. In order to do this, you need to have consistent bedtime and wake-up times and your room needs to be optimized for sleep. This means that it needs to be relatively quiet, dark, and most importantly, uncluttered. When a space is cluttered it can greatly affect your anxiety and cause your mind to stay tense rather than unwind at night. When going to bed at night do the following:
- Unwind before bed by doing relaxing activities
- Have a bedtime routine
- Go to bed at more or less the same time each night
- Don’t look at a screen unless you have your blue light filter on. Blue light keeps you awake, but the yellow hue of the blue light filter neutralizes this.
Also, try to get some sun in during the day. Even a few minutes of sun will help you to sleep more soundly at night. This leads us to our next point…
3 – Vitamin D
Studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D could play a vital role in depression. If you are unable to get sun during the day, consider taking Vitamin D supplements. If you aren’t spending enough time outdoors, or it is constantly overcast where you are, you might be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, leading to your depression and anxiety. Be sure to consult with your doctor about taking this supplement.
4 – Get More Exercise
There is a common misconception that exercising is grueling and unpleasant. Exercise does not have to be training for a triathlon. It can be as little as going for a walk along the beach, in a park, or even on a treadmill at the gym or at home. As little as 30 minutes of low-intensity activity a day will naturally boost your mood tenfold. When you exercise, even just a little, your body releases endorphins which make your body feel good. If you are suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) a little bit of fresh air, a walk and even the tiniest bit of sun will do you wonders.
5 – Get Spiritual
Religion can be a great way to find peace, but for those who do not wish to join a church, meditation is a great alternative. When you get in touch with your spirituality you add more meaning to your life-giving yourself a sense of purpose that you might have lost. When you sit and think of the things you are grateful for in your life, you will be able to change your outlook on things. One of the best ways to fight your depression and anxiety is to have a more positive outlook on life and to banish those negative thoughts from your mind.
6 – Eat Good Food and Avoid Alcohol
Have you ever heard the saying “You are what you eat” before? Well, it’s true. What you put into your body directly affects how you think and feel about yourself. This is why it’s important to have a healthy, well-balanced diet. It’s also important that you avoid alcohol as it is a depressant.
As you can see, there are plenty of alternatives to pharmaceuticals. Your body can naturally fix your depression and anxiety with just a few life hacks. We wish you all the best.