3 Ways To Beat Depression Naturally

Learn How To Beat The Blues And Start Feeling Good

Everyone is prone to feeling the blues occasionally. The problem isn’t that we experience times of depression, the problem is when we allow ourselves to stay there.  

Depression, anxiety, happiness, and joy are just some of the emotional states we are blessed to experience as humans. Did I just say you are blessed to feel anxiety and depression? Yes, I did. Without anxiety, we would do some pretty stupid stuff, like drive too fast, or not get our work done on time. Without depression, we would not know when we aren’t feeling happiness or joy. Every emotion has its place in our lives. 

Emotions are nothing more than an expression of how you are currently experiencing your world. They provide you with feedback on how you are thinking, how you are using your body and about the world around you. The good news is you can choose what emotions you wish to feel because you have complete control over them. 

Research in psychology is proving more and more each day that our emotions are a result of the three following components: 

  Cognitive Experience

  Physiology

  Overt Expression 

How these three combine, create your current emotional state. Because each one of these three effects the other, the secret then to controlling how you feel lies in mastering not all three of these components, but in mastering just one. Which means you can take immediate control of your emotions any time you desire. 

1. Smile. 

For me, smiling is the fastest way to affect how I feel. Anytime I need a quick pick-me-up, I simply take a moment to smile while taking in a few deep relaxing breaths of fresh air. 

Yes, we smile because we are happy, but it also works the other way. We are happy because we smile. Sound too simple, well maybe it is, but it works. 

Set a timer on your phone to go off every thirty minutes that reminds you to smile. Even if you don’t feel like it, do it. Show your teeth and smile from ear to ear while pushing your cheeks towards your eyes. The bigger, the better. Before you know it, you will be smiling more and feeling better. For more on the effects of smiling, read my article, “The Life Changing Power of Smiling.” 

2. Be Grateful. 

When you are smiling, think about what you are thankful for in your life. If your answer is “Nothing,” then I suggest you reevaluate. You have plenty to be thankful for every day. The problem is you may be downplaying the significance of all the wonderful things in your life. 

For example, you have air to breathe. Don’t think oxygen is enough to be grateful for in your life? Then imagine how you would feel about air if you were suffocating. I know that may sound extreme, but the truth is air, water and food are vital for basic survival. We take these necessities for granted when we have enough and become very grateful for them when they are in low supply. 

To experience more gratitude in your life, ask yourself the following questions. 

  What do I have in my life right now that if I were to lose tomorrow would cause me heartbreak and pain?

  What about that am I grateful for right now? 

Stop taking the beautiful things in your life for granted. The truth is you have tons to be happy for every day. 

3. Put a smile in your pocket. 

Who or what is something you cherish in your life? For me, it is my family. I have a picture of my beautiful wife on my phone that pops up every time I open it. It makes me smile, and I reminds me of how much I have to be thankful for in my life. 

While the smile in your pocket can be a picture of someone you love, it can also be something you are looking forward obtaining or doing in the future. It may even just be a picture of a playful puppy. Choose something that makes you feel good and reach for it when you need a lift throughout your day. 

In future articles, I will share with you other ways to beat the blues naturally. For now, though, set a happiness reminder in your phone and start practicing these three steps. Before you know it, happiness will be your normal way of feeling.

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