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How to fight depression naturally in six easy ways

Published on 04. 06. 2015

Tips on how to fight depression connected with substance abuse or dependence.

How to fight with depression


Here are simple yet often ignored ways on, ‘how to fight depression’ caused by substance abuse and dependence without relying on medications.

Mood-boosting exercise
Regular exercise not only improves mood but keeps you fit as well. Walking around the neighborhood or doing simple exercises can boost your mood because it releases the happy hormones that make you feel good about yourself. Doing some physical exertion also improves oxygenation so you get to breathe well and relax. You also tend to forget your worries because you have to focus on your body.


Nutrition matters
If you’re always on the run and you end up drinking lots of caffeine and shoving fast food in your mouth without any fruit or vegetables, your body may suffer from malnutrition. Not to mention the possibility of having high cholesterol because of greasy food. Try eating more green and leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli because their fiber content can help flush out the toxin from your body and leave you with a cleaner and lighter feeling. Eat fiber-rich fruits like apples, oranges and bananas. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals to boost your energy. 

  1. Drink plenty of water and fruit juices like lemon juice instead of soft drinks to maintain your electrolyte levels and prevent dehydration.
  2. Manage stress: Stress can lead to feelings of worthlessness and helplessness. Instead of wallowing on your stressful situation, get a hold of your emotion by managing stress. Our holistic approach to help patients overcome addiction and dependence to drugs and alcohol include stress management. It helps you recognize the source of stress, keep an optimistic and realistic attitude and relax. We also teach time-management techniques.
  3. Sleep at least 8 hours a day. Depressed people have sleep problems. The more sleep-deprived you are, the more depressed you would feel.
  4. Identify your problems by getting help. What makes you depressed? Is it an incident that just happened? You can talk to our professional counselor at HIR to help you map out the underlying causes of your depression.

Depression is not normal!
While it is normal to have low moment in life, depression is not a part of it. That’s why we recommend learning from our in-house specialists because they know how to help you experience long-term recovery. Our addiction therapists, nutrition and fitness specialists and staff can recommend an individualized treatment program that would deal with your substance abuse or dependence as well as your depression. It may include dolphin therapy, holistic therapies that restore your health and wholeness while treating addiction, and other programs.

Call us today at 1-866-390-5070 to learn more about our programs on how to fight depression as you achieve long-term sobriety.

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