3 Natural Remedies For Anxiety And Depression That Cost Nothing4 min read
Struggling with anxiety or depression? These natural mental health remedies can make a noticeable difference in your life, no matter your money situation.
MOVE YOUR BODY, HEAL YOUR MIND
Staying physically fit is about more than trying to lose weight. Exercise is proven to have a calming effect on your mental health. Physical movement lowers anxiety by reducing adrenaline and cortisol levels – two stress hormones in the body. Exercise also raises your body temperature and regulates your circadian rhythm, helping you to get a better night’s rest.
Physical movement lowers anxiety by reducing adrenaline and cortisol levels – two stress hormones in the body.
Exercise raises the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins. Recently, researchers from the University Of Georgia found regular exercise can reduce anxiety by 20%. Physical health is mental health. It’s becoming more common for therapists to recommend exercise before prescribing anti-anxiety and depressions medications.
BREAK YOUR SILENCE, IT’S THERAPEUTIC
Don’t let the #NoNewFriends hashtag fool you—humans are social animals. Long before social media, our ancestors relied on the kindness of their community for survival.
Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a supportive network of friends, family, or even strangers is a natural anxiety remedy.
The effects of social connection on the brain are therapeutic. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a supportive network of friends, family, or even strangers is a natural remedy for mental health. Not only do you get support through your challenges, you also become someone who your friends can turn to, when they have their own inevitable struggles, creating mutually beneficial relationships. The support you receive helps you to overcome, learn and grow.
GET TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS
In order to overcome emotional distress you must first get to know and understand how your mind is working. What about a situation or a friend is triggering negative thinking? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) provides methods for working through your thoughts and feelings that can be tried with or without a therapist.
Unlike other forms of therapy that focus on resolving past issues, CBT focuses the mind on observing the present so that you can shift harmful thought patterns in the future. You might be instructed to write about a situation, thought, or physical reaction you had.
Unlike other forms of therapy that focus on resolving past issues, CBT focuses the mind on your present and future.
From this process of reflection, you learn to identify when your thinking patterns are overestimating the probability and severity of negative outcomes. By practicing CBT methods, you train your brain to recognize when your anxiety and depression is talking and clouding your rational thinking.
Bit by bit, your anxiety or depression is challenged. There’s a strong science behind the listening processes of CBT that have been shown to be effective in people dealing with depression—including people who didn’t respond to drug treatment.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression know this: money doesn’t have to be a barrier to you getting the support that you need.
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