4. Heal Your Adrenals
The small adrenal glands atop your kidneys produce neurotransmitters and stress hormones. Chronic stress (emotional and/or physical), inadequate sleep, and poor nutrition can lead to adrenal fatigue, which can, in turn, become adrenal insufficiency.
A major factor in depression is lifestyle stress. If chronic, stress can compromise adrenal function and they won’t produce the substances your body needs.
Low energy and mood, changes in appetite and weight, decreased sexual drive, muscle weakness, irritability, thyroid problems, and depression are some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
You can find more information on adrenal fatigue and how to fix it here.
5. Explore Mind-Body Medicine
Practices that engage the body and mind are known to improve feelings of depression and anxiety and reduce stress. Meditation, yoga, qigong, and other exercises bring the mind into focus with the body and promote brain health.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that scientifically shows acupuncture to be more effective than SSRI in reducing symptoms of depression. (11)