Today’s Solutions: May 25, 2022

The winter season’s shorter days and colder weather can worsen depression symptoms, so this week, we are re-sharing an article from last year with four natural depression remedies shown to combat the winter blues. Check them out:

Exercise: As we frequently report, the benefits of exercise are endless and can improve physical and mental health immensely. One study found that 30 minutes of walking three times a week was more effective than commonly prescribed anti-depressants 

Bright light therapy: There’s a reason depression levels are linked to the season. The sun is a powerful force, and sitting in front of a lightbox that generates 10,000 Lux for 30 to 60 minutes a day was correlated with a 2.5 point drop on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Don’t have access to a lightbox? Try getting outside whenever the sun is shining or sitting in a sunny window. 

Mediterranean diet: It’s not just good for your gut health, this nutrient-rich eating plan can improve your mental health as well!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Therapy is more expensive than our other methods, but its results are indisputable. Talking it out with someone can vastly improve your outlook and help you manage depression symptoms.

Anti-depressants are highly effective for some patients who suffer from depression, but these prescriptions only decrease depression ratings on the HDRS by an average of 2.5 points more than placebo pills. Trying out these natural remedies first, or in conjunction with your prescription, could be immensely helpful as well. And the best part, many of these are free. Give it a try, you may be surprised at the power of a light jog, unprocessed food, and the sun!

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