Health defines as complete physical, mental, and social well being The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has affected the mental health of mankind. With a sudden distortion of our routines and norms of social distancing, people losing jobs, becoming financially weak, etc. Several similar reasons intimidating us to feel stressed out and feel secluded which could finally put us at the risk of getting clinical depression and anxiety.
What is Depression/Anxiety?
Depression can be more than sustained sadness. Symptoms can be experienced variably among different gender and different age group. If left untreated, complications can include weight gain or loss, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. So, before reaching that life deteriorating state of clinical depression let’s just be pre-cautious and keep eye on initial symptoms, and if you find them try to minimize the stress and ease out yourself. There are a lot many ways to release out stress. let’s just talk about those initial symptoms.
Aggressiveness, irritability, restlessness, feeling empty, sad, hopeless, no longer finding pleasure in favorite activities, tired, suicidal thoughts, drug abuse, reduced sexual desire, losing cognitive abilities, insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, fatigue, digestive issues such as indigestion, constipation.
Right Food to Deal with Depression/ Anxiety.
You must have heard the name “free radicals”. these are metabolic waste formed in our body. excess of which causes cell damage, aging, and other problems. studies show that the brain is at greater risk as well. although there’s no way to stop the formation of free radicals completely, you can lessen their destructive effect by indulging in foods rich in antioxidants, including
Some Home Remedies for Depression and Anxiety foods to your diet
- Beta-carotene – apricots, broccoli, carrots, peaches, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato.
- Vitamin C – blueberries, broccoli, citrus fruits.
- Vitamin E – nuts, seeds, vegetable oil, wheat germ.
- Complex carbohydrates – whole grains, legumes, fruits, veggies, etc. It’s been proven that carbs are linked with mood-boosting brain chemical ‘Serotonin’.
- Protein rich food boosts activeness – Amino acids are building blocks of protein. Out of several EAA (Essential amino acids), Tryptophan is the one that may help you to make Serotonin.
- Peas, beans, milk, fish, poultry, soy products, yogurt.
- Especially consuming milk with saffron/turmeric before bed gives a good amount of tryptophan which will help you to get a tight sleep and deal with insomnia.
- Vitamin B and D rich foods – fruits, veggies, dairy products.
- Selenium rich foods – beans, legumes, low-fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, seafood, whole grains.
- Omega-3 Fatty acid
- Fishes – Salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna
- Flax seeds, walnuts, dark green leafy vegetables.
- Ashwangandha – relieve stress and provide antidepressants and anti-anxiety properties.
- Brahmi – believed to increase the serotonin levels in the brain increasing calmness, and reducing insomnia.
- Saffron – crocin, a chemical found in saffron reduces symptoms of depression as effectively as prescription drugs.
- Pudina (Peppermint) – menthol present in it provide a calming effect. Menthol helps cure insomnia, rich in vitamin A and C, minerals including magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, folate, copper, and potassium.
- Turmeric – consists of a chemical known as Curcumin which again helps to increase serotonin level and provide a calming effect, and is anti-inflammatory as well.