“Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors.
But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.”
There are things a person experiencing these feelings daily can do to help themselves. A few ideas you can use to help yourself or a loved one who is experiencing are:
Get adequate exercise (30 mins 5x/week)
Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours/night)
Drink lots of water – dehydration can lead to depression. If you have trouble drinking more water, try herbal teas and healthy soft drink alternatives.
Eliminate or reduce sugar from your diet
Inositol (Vit B8) has been found to reduce anxiety, tension, hostility and fatigue
St. John’s wort, Griffonia and folic acid (B12) can support the neurotransmitter serotonin (do not use St. John’s wort with other anti-depressants)
Read what other ideas the ADAA has for managing anxiety and depression.
Being prepared for the different stress-causing events in our lives is important, and will relieve much stress that can take away from the event itself.
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RHL does not provide psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Simply ideas and information.