As discussed previously, I have struggled with depression and anxiety for several years, and it has been a tough journey. There were times when I wasn’t sure what to do, and there were times when I wasn’t sure if I should do anything at all. After all, doesn’t everyone feel depressed or anxious every now and then? The answer is yes, they do, but these things become problems when they start seriously disrupting your life. After trying a pharmaceutical approach, I began switching to a more natural approach to keeping these problems in check. I have already discussed my use of some vitamins and supplements, and now I’m going to discuss some other approaches.
I have been trying to pay closer attention to the types of people that I associate with on a regular basis. In the past, I found myself among people with very negative attitudes. I realized that their negative attitudes began to rub off on me, and that was contributing to my feelings of depression. It also gave me a dreary outlook on life. Granted, if you work around people like this, it may be difficult to prevent their negativity from rubbing off on you, but you can choose how much you wish to pay attention to.
Also, I have tried to curb anxiety and depression by exercising more. Exercising has been a part of my life since I was a teenager, though I have admittedly gone through phases where I have done more as well as phases where I have done less. Rigorous cardiovascular exercise such as jogging, running, and walking are great ways to curb anxiety, relieve stress, and make you feel better. Sometimes stress and anxiety are just the result of negative feelings building up inside your mind. Rigorous exercise can help relieve that and leave you feeling better. Plus, it can make you healthier, too.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.