Onlinedesk | 03 June 2018 | 11:53 am
Can depression be cured permanently?
Absolutely. There are 6 specific things you can do to get rid of depression naturally, without any drugs, pills, medication, or antidepressants.
The key to getting rid of depression for good is to make these types of positive changes a permanent part of your life.
So don’t think of these changes as temporary changes. Instead, think of them as permanent lifestyle changes — things you’ll do from this moment forward — to become and remain depression-free for the rest of your life.
How to beat depression forever: 6 changes
Out of all these changes, the most important thing that you can do to eliminate depression for good is to change your thinking. Specifically, replace negative thoughts that depress you with more positive thoughts that keep you happier and depression-free.
After all, while there are a variety of factors that can contribute to depression, what ultimately causes depression is your thinking. So make it a priority to always think in ways that keep you out of depression, if you want to never struggle with depression again.
1. Change your thinking
As the placebo effect proves, the most important factor for eliminating depression is to improve your thinking.
So be sure to replace negative thinking that depresses you with more positive thinking that makes you feel better. You can use the Negative Thinking Buster to help you do this.
2. Get a good amount of Omega 3 in your diet
Omega 3 is brain food that helps create a happier brain.
In “The Depression Cure”, Dr. Stephen Ilardi recommends daily taking omega 3 supplements that are molecularly distilled, combine EPA and DHA in a 2:1 ratio, and that provide enough EPA and DHA so that you can get at least 1,000 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA daily.
Of course, it’s a good idea to be smart and consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or significantly altering your diet.
3. Go outside & get sunlight
Sunlight sets off chemical processes that naturally help you feel better, healthier, happier, and stronger.
Even just 5 minutes of sunlight each day will help you a lot. Just be smart and wear sunscreen to take care of your skin.
4. Exercise regularly
Exercise helps you elevate your mood fast, and also makes you healthier, happier, stronger, and more energetic overall.
Even just a 5 or 10 minute walk will help you feel better. So strive to get at least some exercise every day, no matter how much it is.
5. Enjoy social interactions
Enjoying connecting with others naturally makes your life more meaningful, worthwhile, and enjoyable.
A social interaction can be as simple as a quick 5 minute call to a friend, or simply saying hello to the person taking your money at the grocery store.
So every day, strive to enjoy connecting with another human being at least once, even if it’s very brief.
6. Get plenty of restful sleep each night
Restful sleep makes you feel more calm, relaxed, clear-headed, energetic, and better, overall, which makes it very important for eliminating depression and staying depression-free.
The amount of recommended sleep varies according to who you ask. While 8 hours of sleep is a common recommendation, you might require more or less.
Ideally, aim for at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Later in this course, you will learn more about how each of these positive changes helps you become and remain depression-free.