All Natural, Healthy Way to Overcome Depression for Men

Overview

Depression in men is more common than once thought. Men tend to mask depression symptoms, which is unhealthy and could lead to alcoholism, drug abuse, verbal or mental abuse of family and friends, or violence, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Treating male depression is important for a man’s overall health. There are natural ways to treat mild to moderate depression without use of medications.

Step 1

Talk to someone. Speak with a close friend, family member or licensed therapist about your depression. Letting out frustrations and feelings of shortcomings is an ideal way of lifting that heavy burden and may help lift depressive symptoms. Others can also help you understand the root cause of your depression from an outside point of view, helping you effectively treat your depression.

Step 2

Exercise. Outdoor exercise can help with depression by increasing serotonin production in the brain. The visual stimulation of sunshine and breathing fresh air while being active has a therapeutic effect on mood disorders and may greatly enhance good feelings.

Step 3

Change your lifestyle. Eliminate stress by prioritizing tasks and keeping to a schedule. When your life seems hectic and chaotic, scheduling and prioritizing will help ease the burden of time-consuming chores. Keeping things simple and in order helps create peace of mind.

Step 4

Eat foods high in omega-3 and lower in omega-6 fatty acids. These are polyunsaturated fats that may increase the risk of depression when an imbalance is present, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Foods such as fish, soybeans, nuts and seeds are ideal sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Step 5

Eat foods rich in B vitamins, especially B 3, B 12 and folate. These B vitamins are responsible for maintaining hormone levels in the brain that control mood balance. To increase your dietary intake of B vitamins, eat foods such as poultry, whole grains and dairy products.

About this Author

Sharin Griffin has been freelance writing since October 2009 and has had a successful five-year health care career as a CNA/medical technician with a private general practitioner and hospice care. She also writes fantasy fiction novels and has recently completed her second in a four-part series. She is currently working towards an associate’s degree in health care administration through Axia University.