Be Proactive! Lower Chances of Getting Depression
Depression is now one of the most discussed topics in society. From Tik-Tok (now banned in India) to YouTube, you will easily find a lot of social media influencers speaking as an expert on the matter. In one way, the whole range of talk on the matter has made it now less of a social taboo but the majority of the population affected by the problem is still not receiving the requisite help due to lack of expert supervision on the topic. As a society, there is a need for us to do more than putting a status on our social media handles expressing grief over any celebrity or someone who you knew in person, recently lost life due to depression.
It’s human nature to view all the issues faced by society as an outsider unless they or their loved ones deal with it. While the number of death rates has been on the rise across the world due to depression, there are still views of the people that the issue of depression is now an overrated topic and there are many problems in life to be concerned about than a nudging feeling of emptiness and sadness.
A self-help book titled ‘Joy is my birthright’ written by author Bill Allred talks about various ways following which people can claim happiness in their life. Sadly, real life never goes as in books. It’s unpredictable with various ups and downs along with little bumps throughout the journey. As history suggests, humans are strong enough to deal with various adversities in life and come out stronger, several events in life and chemical changes in brains makes us vulnerable to different forms of depression.
As per the January 2020 report of the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. WHO has also termed it ‘a major contributor to the overall global burden of the diseases?’ The report also suggests that across the world more women are affected by depression than men. Since the numbers of cases are on the rise, it has never been more important to take preventive measures against lowering the chances of getting depression. Educating one about various forms of depression and making necessary lifestyle changes accordingly for the wellbeing of oneself and also that of our loved ones is not an option but a necessity.
- Eat Healthy: The kind of food that we eat not only affects our body but also our mind. Healthy eating makes one physically and mentally stronger. Include whole grains, fruits, green vegetables, dairy products, and amino-acid rich foods in your regular diet.
- Exercise: If you are someone who has all the reasons in the world to not exercise, try including exercise in your schedule for just a week. You will find a change in mood. Daily workout is effective for beating stress, anxiety, staying fit, and also in lowering the chances of depression.
- Sleeping on Time: Unregulated sleep cycle due to late work hours or binge-watching for entertainment makes one stressed and lacking energy. Lack of proper sleep or no sleeping schedule reduces the potential of all the vital organs of our body especially the brain to function properly leaving one vulnerable to various types of mental health problems.
- Working on Your Looks: As American athlete said Deion Sanders once said ‘When You Look Good, You Feel Good’, start working on your look. Investing your time and energy in getting fitter and looking good. It will boost your self-esteem and confidence.
- Getting Rid of Toxic Relationships: The kind of people in our life greatly affects the quality of life we live. Let go of toxic connections that leave you drained and increase problems in your life.
- Take up a Hobby: Sometimes when we are stuck in a monotonous routine where our whole life revolves around work and fulfilling our responsibilities, life gets dull. Indulging in an activity that you had loved in the past or learning something new just because you want, will add meaning to it.
- Social Media Detox: Sometimes spending a lot of time on social media can leave us feeling bad for ourselves as we start comparing our life with others. Log off from all your social media handles periodically, it will help you to live in the present and appreciate the reality against the rosy life that people tend to project on social media.
- Making a Supporting Circle: Create a circle of friends or family members who are always there to support you and listen to you. A good and sound supporting circle will keep you strong in every situation. Having a supporting circle will help you feel less lonely, which is one of the triggering factors that lead people into depression.
Supporting herbal remedies for depression
When it comes to taking a cure for depression, opting for Ayurvedic medicines is the best option to choose from. Firstly, you don’t get addicted to Ayurvedic medicine; secondly, they come with zero side effects. Herbal medicines are made of the natural herb that comes without the use of any chemicals, preservatives, colors, or additives. Some of the most effective and renowned herbal remedies that you can choose from are mentioned below:
1. Gotu Kola Capsules
The capsules are made from the extract of Gotu Kola (also known as Centella Asiatica). Gola Kola is known for boosting memory, increasing concentration power, and very useful in preventing mental exhaustion.
2. Medhya Churna
The product is made from the extracts of powerful and effective herbs like Vacha (Acorus Calamus), Sonth (Zingiber Officinale), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) that have proven to be effected in improving mental health.
3. Memory Support
This product includes Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Vacha (Acorus Calamus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis). These herbs have proven to be very effective in managing stress and improving memory.
4. Stress Support
This product is a combination of oriented herbs including Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), and Tagar (Valeriana Wallichii). The extract of all these herbs is effective in fighting depression and bringing a calming effect to the brain.
For more information on herbal remedies for depression, stress and anxiety, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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