Honestly, if you were to tell me you HAVEN’T battled a bit with depression this year, I’d be surprised. After all, the “cant’s” keep piling up all around us. You can’t visit friends for dinner… can’t go to a restaurant… and can’t even hug your grandkids right now.
And it’s been that way for nine months and counting. It’s really no WONDER we’re all going out of our minds.
I imagine Christmas might be the toughest test yet. Especially when most of us are sitting in mostly quiet homes without the usual laughter and bustle of all the holiday visitors. In fact, I wrote about that very subject this morning. If you missed it, click here to catch up.
Well, my friend, the way I see it, you’ve got two options here. You can let the blues eat away at you. Or you can BEAT them back into submission.
I’m voting for option two. Go ahead and beat this temporary depression and come out the other side, ready to live life to its fullest again.
And the latest research reveals a simple and unexpected way we can ALL get there with our sanity intact.
Coronavirus-linked depression is on the rise
Doctors everywhere are seeing the effects the pandemic is having on emotional health. They report anxiety levels are through the roof. Depression is off the charts. And people are just plain stressed out and at their wit’s end.
It’s led to a surge in the use of mood meds. In fact, a recent study found a 21 percent jump in prescriptions for antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleep aids.
But you can’t merely medicate yourself out of this one. In fact, for many folks, mood meds simply don’t work as advertised. They can end up delivering minimal benefits along with a host of unpleasant side effects.
And those risks only grow in seniors. As if facing the fallout from the coronavirus wasn’t bad enough. Some of these common meds can also increase the risk of DEATH in seniors.
Fortunately, there’s another option. One so simple, it might seem strange at first. And it’s the most natural solution out there, too – because that’s exactly what it is: nature.
Step OUTDOORS to feel better INDOORS
New research finds going outside can work wonders for your mental health as the pandemic continues.
The study out of Japan finds that folks who make use of parks and other outdoor spaces have higher levels of:
Just as importantly, they report LOWER levels of both depression and loneliness. Experts say even just staring out at some calming green space from a window can help. And that could be all it takes to chase away the coronavirus blues.
So don’t let pandemic fears keep you cooped up. If the weather allows it, go out for a brisk walk each day. You don’t even have to wear your mask if there isn’t anyone else around. But be sure to keep one handy just in case. If you happen to come close to anyone… within that six-foot zone… pop it on until they pass.
And for a little more natural, mood-lifting help once you get back home, consider soothing herbal therapies such as valerian, rhodiola, or chamomile. They’re available as supplements as well as calming teas.