Ways you can help to overcome depression naturally

Depression is a serious condition that requires a doctor’s treatment. However the following lifestyle changes may give you a boost if you are feeling low.

Try to spend at least an hour a week with a close friend…


In a British study, when 86 depressed women were paired with a volunteer friend, 65 percent of the women felt better. In fact, regular social contact worked as effectively as antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. Regular social contact with a close friend may help boost self-confidence and encourage you to make other positive changes that will help in overcoming depression, such as starting an exercise program.

Play with a pet for a few minutes every day…

In a University study in Missouri, when non-pet owners played with a dog for just a few minutes a day blood levels of the brain chemicals serotonin and oxytocin, both mood elevators, rose. Science has already proven the surprising health benefits of having a pet, but you don’t have to own a dog to experience these feel-good effects for overcoming depression (although dogs are great antidotes to the kind of chronic stress that can result in depression). Pet your neighbours dog for a few minutes a day or volunteer at an animal shelter to get your furry friend therapy.

Try and have a 12-minute massage 3 times a week…


Whether you see a professional or ask a spouse or friend to rub your back, the result is the same, it is a natural mood boost. In a study of depressed dialysis patients, the participants who received a 12-minute massage three times a week were less depressed than those who didn’t get the soothing rub. In another study 84 depressed pregnant women found those who received two 20-minute massages a week from their partners reduced their incidence of depression by 70 percent. Researchers think that massage boosts serotonin levels (which jumped 17 percent in the women who received twice-weekly massages) and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, both equally helpful results when overcoming depression.

Drink 2 cups of tea or coffee every morning…


This page is designed for people with mild depression, or someone who is managing and coping well.
If you feel like you are beginning to lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy or take part in, please seek medical advice.