Last week Friday, it was World Health Day, which is a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative.
The theme chosen for this year is: Depression: Let’s Talk. According to the WHO, there are more than 300 million people living with depression and a serious lack of support to deal with it.
Obviously depression is a serious condition, best treated by professionals, but there are natural remedies one can use for slight bouts of negativity.
We did some research of our own, and according to various online sources, these are the five best things that will naturally enhance anyone’s mood.
1. Start a Happy Diet
A Happy Diet is just a term for eating things that will increase your body’s serotonin levels. Wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and coconut oil. A protein rich meal also works wonders, so feel free to dig into a nice juicy steak.
2. Stop drinking coffee
We know, we know. This one is tough, but caffeine is claimed to increase depression. It can, however, easily be replaced with a nice cup of green tea, which has the opposite effect.
3. Try meditation
One doesn’t have to go the whole nine yards and climb a mountain in order to gain enlightenment. It’s much easier to find a quiet place in the garden, switch off your cell phone and just spend 30 minutes in peace. To get the full effect, regulate your breathing and think happy thoughts.
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4. Get some exercise
This is a touchy subject. Most of us can’t image running on a treadmill for an hour, but there are better ways to get your legs working. South Africa has a massive variety of places where you can safely stroll for an hour or two. Most smartphones will tell you exactly how many steps you need to take these days, so switch it to flight mode (no interruptions) and let it count the steps for you.
Check our list of the best hiking spots in South Africa.
5. Soak up the sun
Sunlight (Vitamin D) can do wonders for your mood. Simply lying next to the pool will work wonders, but remember that the sun can also do some serious damage.
Last, but certainly not least, is getting help. The WHO states that most depression sufferers don’t seek help, fearing they’ll be judged by society.
If you feel like you need help, you probably do. And take solace in the fact that there are 2 999 999 other people just like you out there.