Depression is a prevalent struggle among our communities and more than likely, everyone knows someone who battles it. Whether that be a family member, close friend, coworker, or yourself. What makes it harder is that each of our bodies work so vastly differently, which means that what works for one person to alleviate symptoms may be different than what works for someone else. This has also created a really terrible and damaging stigma about depression and what it actually is.
Depression is perceived as this dark, horrible, looming monster. It steals a persons peace and happy. The general view of depression is that it means laying in bed with a blank look, missing work, and an overall zombie-like condition. It’s not really talked about in tangible terms and assumptions are constantly being made about what helps and what a person “needs”. But what is depression really? What if it’s the grade-A student who seems focused and comfortable in her own skin? Or what if it’s the co-worker next to you who comes across as extremely self-motivated? What if it’s the friend who laughs the most and cracks more jokes than anyone else you know? What if the face of depression isn’t just one stereotype? What if it can literally be anyone? Depression doesn’t discriminate.
According to Dr. Mercola, inflammation is generally the root of depression. By supporting your body in lowering inflammation through things such as supplementation, diet, healing your gut, etc. you may find that your symptoms find relief. Now, of course, there really is no black and white answer that will work for everyone. Each of us have a really incredible healing system designed in us that is individualized to our biological make-up and needs. I have struggled with depression for as long as I can remember and have found some tangible things that have helped me. While there are not many black and whites, I do recommend these 10 ways to relieve depression for most everyone. While the in’s and out’s may look different (such as how each person self-cares, exercises, etc), the basics are a good general rule of thumb to follow.