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Depression is a serious mental health issue that plagues millions of Americans. While many sufferers rely on traditional treatment approaches to deal with their depression, there are other creative ways to deal with depression. It is important to note that these suggestions are not meant to replace traditional therapy or medications, but rather they can work in conjunction with medical interventions to improve the sufferers’ symptoms. While some of these suggestions might be non-traditional, many involve a common sense approach to “beating the blues.” Here are five creative ways to combat depression.
1. Try Meditation—Meditation has proven very beneficial for many health issues. It has been shown to improve both physical and emotional health in patients with a myriad of health conditions. Most importantly, anyone can do meditation no matter what physical limitations they might have. All that is required to get started is a quiet place where someone can relax and focus. Then, a person closes their eyes, sets their posture, and breathes deeply in as well as out with a relaxed, slow pace via their nose. If an individual cannot focus, try selecting an item to concentrate on while meditating. It could be a picture, music, figurine, or even the sound of a person’s own breathing.
2. Try a New Hobby–Sometimes focusing on other pursuits or activities can get someone out of a rut. If a person invests their energy in others and/or productive endeavors, it can be very beneficial for their mind and body. It can improve one’s mood, mental acuity, stimulate the body, and a host of other benefits. Something as simple as a home renovation project or bathroom re-design could be an ideal project to help combat depression.
3. Try Reiki–This therapeutic approach originated in Japan and is another non-traditional treatment method used for mood enhancement. The practice of reiki involves hands-on contact and is believed to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and healing via balancing energy in the body. Those individuals who have experienced positive results typically undergo regular treatment sessions on a consistent basis. This treatment approach can also be costly and insurance coverage is not a given.
4. Put the Kibosh to Negative Emotions–Simply put, a person must deal with their demons. Avoiding negative thoughts or emotions can be very self-destructive to a person’s psyche and well-being. It can also make an individual literally ill–physically and emotionally. While confronting negative emotions might be difficult and painful, it is also likely to be very therapeutic.
5. Try Tracking Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences–A person can try chronicling their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a journal. Use it as a creative outlet. They should write down everything they experience–positive and negative. This activity should help the person identify triggers, which can only improve their mood and overall well-being. Once a person knows what triggers exist and what sets them off, they can begin learning how to control and/or mitigate the triggers that affect them most. Not to mention, the process of writing down these thoughts and emotions is a form of catharsis in itself. They are confronting the demons, putting them on paper, and not internalizing them.
Depression sufferers should realize they are not alone. It is a serious mental health issue that plagues millions of Americans. There are varying degrees of the disorder and while many sufferers rely on traditional treatment approaches to deal with their depression, there are other creative ways to deal with depression. It is important to note that these suggestions are not meant to replace traditional treatment methods, but rather work in conjunction with medical interventions to improve the sufferers’ symptoms. These creative ways to combat depression involve a common sense approach to beating the blues. Hopefully, readers will find the suggestions made in this article to be beneficial.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
Psychology Today–Eight Ways to Actively Fight Depression
WebMD–10 Natural Depression Treatments
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