Welness and Fitness 4 Drug Free Steps that can Reduce or Eliminate Depression

You'd be surprised how many people around you are clinically depressed. Unfortunately, the most often prescribed long-term treatment for clinical depression is drug therapy. There is no question that in some cases drug therapy is crucial, and absolutely required. However, I also know in many cases, it is not. 

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You'd be surprised how many people around you are clinically depressed. Unfortunately, the most often prescribed long-term treatment for clinical depression is drug therapy. There is no question that in some cases drug therapy is crucial, and absolutely required. However, I also know in many cases, it is not. 

In my opinion, exercise is one massive step in eliminating depression. Here are some Drug Free Steps that can Reduce or Eliminate Depression
1. Remove yourself from stressful environment(s) and toxic relationships
2. Start exercising regularly
3. Look inward and determine what is causing you to be out of balance
4. Have the courage to make the life changes required 

The body wants to be healthy, and when given a chance, it will perform miracles. The first thing you need to do is remove yourself from stressors (ie: away from work), so the body can begin to settle down and heal. This puts you back in a position of having some control over your daily life. If you've been depressed you know how little control you felt you had at times.

Next, when you begin to exercise, the body immediately releases. So, the more you exercise, the better you feel. Exercise also makes you stronger. Since the body and mind are intimately linked, what happens to one affects the other. In other words, the stronger the body, the stronger the mind, and confidence levels go up. Exercise has also been proven to improve brain function. Those of you who have had depression know how scatter brained, and forgetful you can be at times.

With increased mental strength and clarity, you can now begin to look inward to determine what is causing your imbalance. Once you have done this, you can decide to make the life changes required.

However, sometimes people find that the source of their depression is being in a job or relationship that is out of integrity for them. It takes strength to change in these areas. 

Remember, drugs can only mask the problem. Solving the problem requires a deep look inward, and the courage to change. In my opinion, anyone who chooses to reclaim their life, is a hero.

If you know someone with depression, encourage them to exercise. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

This article is in no way meant to be a prescription for treating depression. If you are considering treatment for depression or modifying your medications in any way, consult your physician.

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