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5 Natural Ways to Improve Depression and Anxiety

Posted on August 26, 2017

5 Natural Ways To Improve Depression & Anxiety

In our world today there are so many unnatural things we put in our bodies and so many harmful effects we get in result. It’s no wonder that so many people are seeking out natural alternatives for so many things. In this post, I will be talking about natural ways that I actually use for my anxiety and depression. They actually help me and I hope they can help you too!

 

Reflexology

What is reflexology? Reflexology is the belief that massaging one part of your body (usually a certain point on your hands or feet) will aid a different part of your body. For example: Massaging the tips of any of your fingers will aid the sinus area. Using reflexology for anxiety and depression is simple and effective.

I start by gently massaging the middle of my right hand for 30 seconds, I then stretch the fingers of that same hand gently down for just a few seconds, after that I massage my palm on the opposite side of my thumb for about 30 seconds, lastly, I massage the wrist of that same hand using circular motions for about 60 seconds. I do this for both hands a few times a day.

 

Acupuncture

Okay so I haven’t actually tried acupuncture yet but I really want to! I know quite a few people who use acupuncture to help their anxiety and depression. They all tell me that it is the most amazing experience they’ve ever felt. When I get the chance to actually go in and do it, I will update this post with my personal thoughts on it.

 

Exercise

I know for some this can be a dirty word, but exercise is SO good for depression and anxiety. I don’t always feel the greatest while I’m actually in the process of exercising, but afterwards I feel like I’m on top of the world! There is no greater feeling than that. I know it can be hard to fit time to exercise in your daily routine but exercising regularly is a great natural aid for depression and anxiety.

 

Essential Oils

You probably figured that essential oils would come up eventually. They usually do! That’s probably because they do so much! I love using essential oils because I strongly believe in the power of aromatherapy. The main oil I use for my depression and anxiety is lavender (mostly because I love the smell so much), but other oils that can be used are chamomile, marjoram, and frankincense.

I love putting a few drops of oil in my diffuser and listening to relaxing music on days that I am feeling particularly anxious or depressed. Another way I enjoy using the oils is putting them in a warm bath. While either of these methods work great, even simply rubbing a few drops mixed with carrier oil on your chest can help make you feel better.

 

Meditation

Meditation can be a powerful tool to aid depression and anxiety (see the 5 Tools I Use to Overcome Social Anxiety). I feel so much more at peace and somehow freer when I meditate regularly. Some prefer to meditate without any guidance but I prefer guided meditation. I feel like It keeps me more focused on my meditation and it helps me keep me from just falling asleep. I use an app called Stop, Breathe, & Think. They have good free guided meditations.

 

There are so many natural ways to help anxiety and depression. I only use some at the present time but I’m sure that throughout my journey of discovering more natural ways to help my anxiety and depression, I will use more. I’d love to hear how you help your depression and anxiety naturally! Please feel free to comment and share! I hope this post helped. Love you all!

 

-Shae

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