Big Pharma’s biggest profits come from selling Americans their daily “happy pills”. In a country
where 40 million adults (age 18 and older) are diagnosed with chronic depression, where high school kids are given Prozac to boost their performance, where everyone’s got “adult ADHD” and other made-up diseases, it’s hard to keep away from the fat cats’ apparent agenda to keep everyone in a medicated stupor.
It seems like everything happening in the U.S. these days is meant to drag you deeper into depression and anxiety… and force you to spend more and more on addictive pills. Because that’s the catch: once you start taking these drugs, there’s no way out. I personally know four people who’ve been on Prozac for years and they just can’t quit. Every time they try, they feel worse than ever before and it’s just a matter of time (extremely difficult time, I might add) before they go back to their daily dose of chemical happiness.
Unfortunately, depression and anxiety are very serious disorders that should not be left untreated. Little by little, they end up destroying your life without even realizing. You end up losing your family, your job, your future… and you become incapable of enjoying anything beautiful in your life.
So if you’ve noticed depression or anxiety settling in, or if your loved ones are worried you might be depressed, then try these 6 natural tips.
#1: Be Honest With Yourself
Many people are depressed or chronically anxious, but refuse to admit it to themselves. That’s mainly because they don’t want to think about what causes their depression in the first place.
It’s not easy to confront the problems in your life. This sort of confrontation may force you to realize that you’ve failed at some point, that you made mistakes, that you weren’t as good as you’d like to believe. And that’s very hard to take. But postponing this confrontation will only make your problems grow and multiply.
So the best thing to do for yourself and your family is to get to the root of your depression, write your problems down and try to come up with solutions, together with your family. Youmight not find any quick recipes for success, but the fact that you’re trying already turns you into a better and more trustworthy person than you were before.
#2: Express Your Gratitude
A recent study shows that people who express their gratitude are up to 19% happier. The simple gesture of thanking someone for something they’ve done for you will instantly make you happier. You can watch the video here:
I’ve watched it and Iwas really impressed with the results. But then I called a friend of mine to tell him how grateful I am for helping me when my wife was in hospital and I felt like a child on Christmas day. I was happy for no apparent reason. And I made my friend just as happy. It’s a win-win.
So whenever you’re feeling low, just call someone you’re grateful to and just say Thank you. It will put a smile on your face, guaranteed.
#3: Talk About Your Problems
Don’t whine about your problems. That never solves anything. Just talk about them with your spouse or your best friend. Or a therapist. Or your priest. Someone you trust. Someone who’ll listen.
You don’t need advice. You just need someone there to listen to you. That will get a load off your chest, even if you haven’t solved your problems.
Try that once. Just talk about what’s troubling you openly, without asking for advice and without trying to generate solutions. Just talk. It will make you feel much better.
Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go to the gym. It means going for a power-walk every morning. Jogging for 15-20 minutes around the block. Playing with your kids or grandkids in the park. Replacing your car with a bike when going to work or to the grocery store.
Just try to exercise a bit more everyday, little by little. You’ll notice serious improvements after only two weeks. Not only will you feel more relaxed, but you’ll notice that what used to make you angry and stressed before has suddenly stopped to make you feel that way. Exercise naturally boosts dopamine levels.
Aside – these some interesting information now about how modern gymnasiums might be harming the body and about exercise systems that realign the body naturally.
#5: Eat fish
Those Omega-3 fatty acids are real miracle workers. Especially the ones derived from fish oils. These have been proven to help treat depression and anxiety when consumed on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean you need to eat a lot of fish every day. You can eat a tuna sandwich for breakfast, or add some in your salad. Or you can try some natural supplements.
Warning: Before buying fish, check its origin. You don’t want any Fukushima food in your diet!
#6: Get Regular And Sufficient Sleep
Yes, I know sometimes it’s hard to have a good night sleep when you’ve got unpaid bills, a double mortgage on your home and an insecure job. But worrying doesn’t solve anything. In fact, it makes things worse.
When you’re well-rested, you’ve got more energy, your head is clearer, your brain works better and faster… And you don’t need to sleep 10 hours a night to improve your performance. You can sleep as little as five hours, as long as you sleep them well. This means you need to eliminate any source of light, sound or stress from your bedroom.
Take a short walk in the evening, drink a glass of warm milk and honey half an hour before going to sleep, turn off all your lights, close the door and use some good ear plugs. Trust me, this is a routine that works like magic!