Beating Depression Without Medication: 3 Holistic Methods You Could Try

Beating Depression without Drugs

How does this woman cope with depression? Holistically or with medications? Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Statistics show that almost 80 percent of people will suffer depression at some point during their lives. That can happen for many different reasons. Some of them are environmental while others are physical. Serotonin is the chemical in your brain that regulates mood. When you don’t produce enough of serotonin, you will start to feel flat and unmotivated. There are many medications out there doctors will use to counteract the situation. However, there are also holistic methods you could try if you don’t want to take drugs. Whatever happens, just ensure you keep your doctor informed of all the techniques you utilize. Below, you’ll find some suggestions that could help.

Find happiness and understanding through art

Art is a powerful thing, and it can create many different emotions in human beings. Sometimes expressing yourself through art is the best way to gain a better understanding of your situation. That is the case, regardless of whether you paint, write songs, or create sculptures.

The concept of using art as therapy has been around for a long time. Indeed, many forward-thinking doctors during the 1970’s pushed their patients in that direction. Experts claim art can produce some pretty amazing results. So, maybe you should think about giving it a try? You could do it at home or join a local group. The latter options will also bring some much-needed social elements into the mix. Continue reading

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Setting a Good Example: Healthy Habits to Pass Onto Your Kids

As a parent, you’re probably your child’s greatest source of information and inspiration. Although they may be besotted with characters on TV, it’s you they learn from. When it comes to health, it’s never too early to start setting a good example and teaching your children good habits. If you’re keen to set your kids on the right path, here are some simple ways you can make your family healthier and happier.

Get moving

If your children see you going out for a run from time to time or they know that you cycle to work or go to a dance class in the evening, this will inspire them to be more active. If you’re sat around at home reading magazines, watching TV or surfing the Internet from the comfort of the sofa, this will encourage them to think inactivity is normal.

Exercise is incredibly beneficial for adults and children. It enables kids to let off steam, socialize with others, and learn the values of being in a team, as well as lowering their risk of being overweight. If you’re a busy parent, it can be hard to fit daily exercise into your routine, but the benefits are worth your while.

Exercise reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, and it can also reduce stress, lift your mood, and give you more confidence. Start being more active as a family. Go for a bike ride or a long walk on the weekends and get out into the backyard and play games as much as possible.

Kids and parents playing outdoors

Exercise is part of a healthy family routine. Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

Look after your smile

Going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but it’s so important to keep up to date with routine dental checks. Ideally, you should start taking your child to a pediatric dentist from the age of 12-18 months, and you should attend appointments every 6-12 months.

If your children are used to going to the dentist, the prospect will be much less daunting when they’re a bit older, and they have more awareness of where they are and what they’re doing. It’s also hugely beneficial to show your kids how to brush their teeth and to encourage them to adopt brushing as part of their morning and evening regimes. Brush together, make it fun, and talk to your children about why it’s so important to clean their teeth.

Looking after your teeth and your kids' teeth

Toothbrush in hand! Routine dental checks are a healthy habit too. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Get enough sleep

If you’re tired all the time because you don’t go to bed until late or your kids see you falling asleep on the sofa, this could cause you problems when it comes to putting them down. They may want to stay up, and they may think they don’t need a lot of sleep because you seem to run on empty most of the time.

Bedtime routines are very helpful for children, but they’re also advantageous for adults. Try and aim to get into bed and get up at similar times, just like your kids do. You should find that your energy levels are much higher during the day.

Feel well rested with a consistent sleep schedule

A great habit to get into is going to bed and getting up around the same time every day. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

As a parent, there’s nothing you want more than healthy, happy kids. Hopefully, passing on these habits will help to ensure you’re all fighting fit for many years to come.