4 Simple Ways to Lift Depression

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Depending on the situation and the severity of the depression, it's extremely important to seek help from a professional. The following suggestions, however, can help you manage the symptoms of depression while working on the cause with your holistic health care provider.

1. Get Cuddly. 

Hugs, a gentle hand on the back, and other non-sexual touch reduces stress, heart rate and blood pressure. It also increases the "affection hormone," oxytocin, which plays a role in our desire for social and romantic bonding. Platonic touch is necessary for emotional well-being for men and women.

2. Socialize In Person. 

Stepping away from online social networks for an in-person meet-up can boost your emotional wellness. People who maintain social ties - over a cup of coffee, lunch, dinner, or a game of tennis - live longer, have lower risk for depression and other health problems, and report having happier lives despite the usual ups and downs.

3. Eat Well. 

The production and levels of brain chemical (neurotransmitters) are influenced by the quality of the food you eat. Whole foods provide richer sources of the vitamins and minerals that are important to brain chemistry and overall health. Nutrition supplements can support a healthy mood, including the B vitamins, certain herbs, and fish oil.

4. Walk a Dog. 

Walking is great exercise for mind and body. When you're out with a dog, it's an easy way to meet people and get a boost of Vitamin D. Plus, the company of dogs can help ease stress and depression. Don't have your own dog? Volunteer to walk dogs for animal rescue groups. Don't like dogs? OK, then just get out there and take a stroll!

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