Sadness can last for days or months; withdrawal from social activities or losing interest in sexual activity are also signs of depression. This condition varies from person to person and can be accompanied by mild or severe symptoms that could extend over a long period of time or for brief amounts of time. Sometimes it can come and go, recurring over a lifetime. An example is chronic mild depression or “Dysthymic disorder.”
If you suffer from mild or moderate depression and would prefer to initiate treatment with a natural approach, I would highly recommend cardiovascular exercise. Its effective and it will not cost you a penny, but it will require a commitment which can be harder to make when you have feelings of depression.
Cardiovascular exercise should be performed at a minimum of four to five days a week for 30-45 minutes per day. A change in emotional state can usually be seen within three to six months.
One of the most common symptoms associated with depression is fatigue. People that are fatigued are more likely to complain of depression and people that are depressed are more likely to complain about fatigue. Have you ever met a highly energetic, depressed person? Not likely.
In classic cases, fatigue sets in from poor dietary choices, excessive medication use causing insomnia, chronic infections, high stress and/or nutritional deficiencies. Balancing these symptoms by fixing the underlining problems will usually enhance energy levels and change your chonic mood patterns.
Try the Energy Plus Program to create energy that will be necessary to initiate a cardiovascular program and to begin the improvement of your emotional state.
As an added benefit, take 5-HTP which is an immediate precursor to the creation of the “Happy Hormone” called Serotonin. Serotonin makes you feel good, makes you feel relaxed and promotes a healthy emotional state. Serotonin deficiency is the reason why millions of Americans are taking anti-depressants every year. Prozac, Paxil and other anti-depressants have been shown to permanently change receptors in the brain creating a dependency on the medication and potential feelings of psychosis, suicidal tendencies and other very serious side effects.
Excess stress, high caffeine or sugar intake, protein deficiency or inadequate levels of B vitamins can prevent your body from making Serotonin and this will initiate the feelings of depression.
Seven Steps to Reduce Your Feelings of Depression
- Initiate Cardiovascular Exercise
- Cut Your Sugar and Caffiene Intake
- Increase Protein Intake
- Decrease Daily Emotional Stress
- Increase Your B-Vitamin Intake Daily Balance
- Take 5-HTP
- If fatigued, initiate Energy Plus Program
Try these recommendations for 90 days and re-evaluate your mood, your attitude and your health.