Have you been stuck in a mild-to-moderate depression for a while and been wondering to yourself, “what is it going to take to get me to snap out of this?” Well here’s your answer! ; )
Sometimes, a mild depression can be the hardest to snap out of. The reason for this being the way in which the depression formed. A lot of people who suffer from chronic depression find it really hard to pin-point the time period in which the depression started. They tend to say “I’ve always been this way”. Whilst it is true that some people are naturally predisposed to exhibit symptoms of depression, depression is itself a symptom of an unresolved issue, an inner conflict.
The follow 3 things will get rid of the symptoms of depression but will not resolve the underlying conflict that your depression is a symptom of. For that, you’ll have read about the bonus method! ; )
1) Running or Swimming
Running or swimming at a consistent pace for a duration of no-less than 30 minutes will raise serotonin levels in your body. Physical activity creates tryptophan, an amino acid used to create serotonin. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter, which amongst other things contributes to feelings of happiness.
The rise in serotonin levels is described by some athletes as the “runner’s high”. The activity itself does not have to be that intense but the pace does have to be consistent. Biking and walking can also produce a rise in serotonin levels but yoga and weight-lifting does not have the same effect due to the stop-start nature of the activity.
The increase in serotonin levels will take place during the activity and will continue for some time afterwards but will eventually fade. However, persisting with this activity and making it a part of your daily routine will cause a natural increase in serotonin levels over time.
2) Eating the right stuff!
The amino acid tryptophan can be found in food. Hence, eating certain food can lead to the creation of serotonin which is used to elevate mood levels. In fact, the amount of tryptophan that is needed for an average person a week can be found in just two portions of salmon.
Other foods with a high level of tryptophan are, spinach, seeds, nuts, poultry, eggs, milk and soy products.
Therefore, substituting what you currently eat with tryptophan-rich foods such as the ones mentioned above, and eating this for a sustained period of time, will lead to a natural increase in serotonin levels.
3) Exposure to sunlight
Most people who suffer from depression find it easier to hide away at home but an essential ingredient in the creation of serotonin is in fact sunlight.
Exposing yourself to 20 minutes of UV light promotes vitamin D and serotonin production.
If you exercise outdoors you can double the amount of serotonin you produce. ; )
As previously stated, the aforementioned methods will only get rid of the symptoms of your depression. In other words, the underlying cause of your depression will still remain. This means that your depression will return as soon as you cease using these methods.
The only way of resolving the cause of your depression permanently is through therapy. Wherapy offers online therapy sessions that can be scheduled at a time of your convenience. Currently we’re offering a time-limited discount for new clients. To get 50% off on your first session, click the link below.
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