Many would say medication is required for depression; I however, feel the opposite. In the old days people did not have medication but there was depression to be sure. How did they cope in those times? Outlets! Today’s society is much different which means we have more outlets available to us. Below I will list some possible outlets and their benefits.
Music has a way of soothing the soul like no other. Whether you are listening to music or singing to the music do it with everything in your soul and you will inevitably feel better. If a person can just find Five to ten minutes of the day to close themselves off from people and life the music will do the rest.
During times of high stress walking is sometimes the best way to deal with it. Not only are you getting exercise but you are giving your mind and soul time to wander. A good long walk with no particular destination in mind is, in my opinion, the best way to battle depression.
I know, it sounds kind of crazy or new age right? It really works! There is no need to go into a deep trance, just a relaxed state of mind. Sit or lay somewhere quiet and focus on deep breathing with your eyes closed. Breathe in for a count of five and breathe out for a count of five. Before you know it you have reached a point of meditation and your mind and soul become one. Try this for about 5 minutes the first time and add five minutes each time you do it. You will find yourself a much happier person with the ability to cope with things much easier.
Writing may not be an outlet for everyone but if you are good with words then sit down and enjoy some creative writing. Another exercise, even for those who are not good writers, is to sit and write whatever flows through your mind. Nothing is off limits just write. When you are done chances are you will feel better because writing in this manner is like talking to a best friend but better! If your feelings of depression border more on the side of despair then dig a hole in your yard and symbolically “bury” those feelings. Do away with them!
Above all the best thing you can do to battle depression without medication is to train your brain to think positive. Life can throw us lemons sometimes; it is up to us to make the lemonade. The power of positive thought is amazing. I am by no means a doctor but I am a person who has battled depression for years and I do so without medication. This is my choice. Life is not as bad as our wicked little brains make it out to be sometimes.