Depression has become so common that it has been aptly named the ‘common cold’ of mental health, with nearly 10% of the population suffering from a depressive disorder at any given time.
Conventional medication and psychiatry treatments come with their own list of issues, including strong side effects that affect other areas of life. Moreover, these do not prevent recurrence of depression; they merely provide temporary relief as and when it occurs.
On the other hand, Ayurveda provides a natural and effective treatment for depression which also prevents reoccurrences to a large extent. Ayurveda mentions Depression as Vishada — most disease aggravating factor.
Although this disease is categorised under psychological diseases, it can also affect the body; hence, it can lead to any physical or psychological disorder.
An Ayurvedic Diagnosis
Depression usually indicates reduced Sattvik energy and aggravated Rajasik and Tamasik energies. Weekend ojas can also be the issue. An imbalance among the three doshas or being unaware of the inner self can also be common reasons.
The majority of depressions are believed to be caused due to Kapha imbalance which eventually leads to imbalances in the other two elements of Vata and Pitta. The result — feelings of negativity and hopelessness are generated which causes abnormal functioning of the nervous system, resulting in depression.
Ayurveda advises therapies, lifestyle adjustments and herbal preparations that clear and strengthens the mind allowing us to cope with life’s challenges more effectively and also bring positivity to our lives at all levels. Also Read: Can An Ayurvedic Jam Enhance Your Mental Health? I Found Out
Simple Ayurvedic Remedies To Quell Anxiety and Depression
It’s often noted that depression can be the result of poor lifestyle choices, improper food habits, addictions, lack of discipline in personal life and unsocial attitude.
- Wake up early and maintain a healthy sleep routine.
- Try to spend more time outdoors. Walks in nature and playing outdoor games encourage a positive state of mind.
- Eat fresh foods, vegetables, and seasonal fruits. Add nuts and dairy to your diet. Avoid fast-food and alcohol. Also, maintain regular meal times to avoid getting hungry and irritable.
- Practice mindful eating. Enjoy your meals in a relaxed mental state and atmosphere. Avoid hot discussions and watching TV during meals.
- Yoga, Pranayama, and meditation do wonders for enhancing mental and spiritual strength.
- Get out of your isolated zone and become more social. A social support system greatly improves mental state as you start to feel like you’re a part of something.
- Add these 5 super herbs to your diet – Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Brahmi, Jatamansi, and Guduchi.