Feeling down or depressed?
Your Journey to Greater Mental Well being
Mental health disorders are more common than many people realise. It is natural to feel like you are the only one that may be feeling low or experiencing depression, but you are not alone!
There are many reasons why you might be feeling blue. Factors including: stress, poor health, loss and trauma, and changes in life circumstances can all be triggers for depression. Thankfully, there are some natural medicines and positive lifestyle habits that can help improve your mood and set you on the path to greater mental well being.
Put the Fire Out in Your Brain
Depression can feel like a fire is smoldering in your brain and without the appropriate support, this fire can get out of control. Inflammation is not just the hot, painful swelling you see and feel when you sprain your ankle. Those same markers of inflammation that increase when you have an injury, can also be present in your brain and body with depression.
Addressing this inflammation can be an important aspect of treatment. Your Practitioner is in a prime position to help you put out your depression fire. It is important that treatment is addressed in a multifaceted approach with appropriate herbs and nutrients, as well as adopting a healthy lifestyle and developing a positive mind.
Herbs for Health and Happiness
Feeling low or depressed does not have to be a fact of life, and it does not have to be your version of ‘normal’. There are natural medicines that may be beneficial for those with depression which can even be taken safely with antidepressant medication.
Turmeric: this golden herb is not just an ingredient in your Asian cooking. It can act as a potent anti-inflammatory and antidepressant that can help put the fire out in your brain. Curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric, can also increase the size of regions of your brain that promote healthier brain function.
Saffron: considered the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is famous for its yellow dye and delicate perfume. It is an equally useful herbal medicine for managing depression due to its anti-inflammatory actions.
Nutrition and mood balance
A number of nutrients can help manage a healthy mood balance. Your healthcare practitioner is the best person to create a personalised plan for you. Combinations of nutrients including, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and essential fatty acids have been extensively researched in the treatment of depression and can help restore a healthy mood balance.
Get Moving for Healthy Mood
Did you know that those who exercise have improved brain function and feel happier? Aerobic exercise is also proven to decrease stress hormones, which can exacerbate mood disorders – try running, swimming, walking, or cycling. There are many informal ways of exercising also, such as dancing in your lounge room to your favourite songs! Perhaps you prefer to join a sporting team with work, or a local sporting club such as football, cricket, golf or tennis.
Don’t underestimate the power of exercising in a group or with a friend. Social connection and relationship building can be very powerful for improving mental well being.
You Are More Resilient Than you Know!
Never underestimate your inner strength. If you are facing adversities that are worsening your mood, consider what your ‘silver lining’ may be? It could be a renewed appreciation for life, a realisation of true priorities and friendship, or recognition of how strong you really are.
Here to Lend a Helping Hand
With the support of your natural healthcare Practitioner, you will be able to develop holistic strategies to help you feel more positive and in control of your situation. As well as supporting you with herbs and nutrients for healthy mood, your Practitioner can help you adopt a mood-enhancing lifestyle for improved stress management and mental health.
Here’s to greater health and happiness!
Contact us today to get your health and happiness prescription underway.
Cindi Young is a leading Gold Coast Naturopath in Australia. With a special interest in mood disorders, endocrine function; thyroid, adrenal and hormonal balance and its impact on weight management. She helps people follow a ketogenic program while supporting overall health and well being.
Cindi Young is available for naturopath consultations at The Cycle of Life in Robina, Gold Coast and at The Fountain Centre in Byron Bay. She is also available for online and phone consultations Australia wide.
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