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jim531 posted:
I have had mild to moderate depression for most of my life and finally gave in and went on medication 7 years ago. I have recently done some "natural" things that have helped quite a bit and allowed me to be on half the dose of my medication that I used to be on. These are well known but they work. The first and most important is outdoor sunlight. I wake up in a down mood and just walking out the door to get the paper on a sunny morning provides an immediate lift. If you are able to get outside for an hour or two in the morning, that will really help. Even sitting outside at work on your lunch break helps. The second is vigorous aerobic exercise. I try to do at least an hour of either running or cycling. The more vigorous without totally exhausting yourself, released the brain chemicals that lift your mood. Serotonin is the chemical that is released by the outdoor sunlight and aerobic exercise. If you can combine the two, you will get the max benefit. Indoor exercise helps but if you can do it outdoors with sunlight benefit also, its a great mood lift that lasts all day. People with severe depression might not be able to get themselves out of the house to do this. However for mild to moderate this will really help.
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