Published on: 08/29/18Low mood can affect us all from time to time we just have to get out on the wrong side of the bed and we feel like the rest of the day is a bust. Life can send us through a loop with unsuspected challenging situations and life stresses, that can leave us feeling depressed or anxious for short periods of time. However, when low mood becomes a daily occurrence for longer periods it can be a sign of something much more serious.
It has been reported that 6.7 percent of the US population suffer from diagnosed depression, the most common of these disorders being dysthymia ( also knowns as persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression), major depression (clinical depression), postpartum depression and seasonal depression.
Here are some of the symptom of depression and low mood:
- Sleep issues, either too little or too much
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased energy or regular fatigue
- Sadness and emptiness
Even though there are increasing trends in mindfulness and self-care, which puts prevalence on taking care of mental health. There is still a stigma attached to admitting to disorders like depression, which many still feel is an admission of weakness.
We will all experience low points in our lives, it's a natural part of life’s process, but how we deal with these times can make all the difference. Sometimes the lifestyle choices and environmental factors that we expose ourselves to can make these feelings worse.
More and more of the population are being prescribed antidepressants as a way to cope with their symptoms. Antidepressants work by helping balance brain chemicals in your neurotransmitters. Some of these medicines have side effects that can cause you to feel in a state of numbness, and unable to feel your feelings, also low sex drive, drowsiness, trouble sleeping and nausea.
We have come up with some natural mood enhancing techniques that can help give you a boost:
1 A Change of Scenery
Ever heard the saying ‘a change is as good as a cure’, well in the case of low mood this could be a massive help. A lot of the time our routines have us feeling like we are stuck in rut and lead us to feel frustrated with our lives. Changing up your daily routine can be a bit of challenge for those that don’t like change. But life is about growth so why not try something that you haven't tried before, like maybe some of the things in this article!
Stay Socially Engaged- Surround yourself with positive energy and that means positive people. If your surroundings and the people you see every day have a negative effect on your mood, make a change and remove yourself from the situation where possible. It is thought that you become directly affected by your surroundings, your friends and your family, so if it's having a bad effect on you maybe it's time to make a change. Changing to being surrounded by people that inspire you, listen to you and share common interests can help on days when you feel uninspired, join a group or do a hobby that could help you meet new people.
Get Out in Nature- Take a walk in nature and think of the things you are grateful for in life. I find a 20 min walk at the beach or in the mountains does wonders on the days where I feel a little bit down, If you spend all day inside, a break outside with some fresh air surrounded by natural beauty and can lead you to have a more inspired and positive outlook.
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ZincZinc deficiency has been linked to those that suffer from depression, it works with the hippocampus gland in the brain which controls memory and mood. It's known to have an antidepressant effect by increasing the production of the nerve fertilizer BDNF, and is effective in people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
3 Exercise More
Exercise is one of the most well-known mood boosters when you're feeling like you need a pick me up. By getting the blood pumping, you can be sure to feel the results. Exercise boosts your happy hormones, endorphins, tryptophan, serotonin and dopamine levels, that all aid the increase in happy feelings.
Studies have shown that regular exercise can help with the symptoms of depression and enhance mood, people who made efforts to keep fit regularly, were shown to have 42 percent less cortisol in their systems, compared to those who didn’t. Balanced cortisol levels are synonymous with lower stress levels, which is thought to have a positive effect on mood regulation.
When your mood is low it can be more tempting to reach for the sweet stuff instead of the things that are more likely to help. Foods high in sugar might give you a quick fix and a satisfy that sweet spot temporally, but it will also make you crash and burn!
Try eating foods that are high in B vitamins like folate otherwise known as vitamin B9, which is also key in mood regulation and is now available on prescription for depression. Cut down on mood depressants like alcohol and add more mood enhancers like dark chocolate and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the brain.
5 Spice up your Life
Turmeric seems to be the spice of the moment as even hipster coffee shops are now getting in on this ancient healing spice trend and offering ‘golden lattes’. Turmeric is known for its amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but research has also shown that Turmeric is an effective mood enhancer.
Turmeric’s power lies in its anti-inflammatory properties, as it targets the free radicals that cause inflammation. In a 2017 study, it was revealed the turmeric was effective in reducing depression symptoms when also coupled with another super spice called; saffron. Saffron was revealed in a past study to be as effective as antidepressants in mild cases.
It should be noted that if you have been on antidepressants for a long period of time for dealing with depression, you should seek medical advice before you come off of them immediately and reduce your dosage slowly. Sometimes the prolonged use of antidepressant can cause negative side effects like contemplating suicide, increased depression and insomnia.
These methods can be a great aid in increasing mood and help with depression, depending on the cause of your symptoms everyone may react differently. However, admitting there is a problem and committing to making changes is the first step!
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).