Getting Over Depression From Divorce – 4 Natural Methods

Divorce brings about a large number of adjustment and changes. There is often a sense of considerable loss when living arrangements, time with children, financial status, and relationships with mutual friends and family change. It is not surprising that many people experience some symptoms of depression during this time. Sadness, hopelessness, anxieties, loss of energy and pleasure in activities, and changes in sleep and appetite patterns may be a result. While severe cases of depression may merit a medical approach to treatment, many milder cases of depression symptoms can be successfully managed using natural methods. Here are 4 natural methods to easing these symptoms:

1.       Eat healthy food. The mind and body are closely connected and it is beneficial to optimize your physical health to support a stronger emotional state. Try to eat mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. If your appetite is suffering, try carrying around healthy snack foods to munch on throughout the day. If you tend to eat more than you should when feeling down in the dumps, set a time in the evening when you stop eating, and be sure not to eat while distracted, like when you are watching television.

2.      Tale supplements as needed. A naturopath is helpful to consult with in constructing your ideal supplement menu. Most people can benefit from a food based multivitamin and fish oil. L-Theanine is a helpful supplement for anxiety, and 5 HTP (hydroytryptophan) is beneficial for many people as a natural antidepressant. It is a precursor to serotonin, which is a natural brain neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation.

3.      Exercise on a regular basis based on your doctor’s recommendation. Cardiovascular exercise is very helpful as the elevated heart rates over a period of time releases endorphins. These feel good compounds contribute to a greater sense of well being. Increased physical fitness and body image also helps raise self esteem through the difficulty of divorce.

4.      Talk things out with others. Family and friends can provide emotional support as well as fill your time now that you are single. If your emotions are overwhelming or you otherwise feel you need additional support, a counselor is an excellent resource to help you work through the emotional challenges. A coach can also be a very helpful support professional as you begin to set new goals and move forward.

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