How To Relieve Stress And Depression

Nov 24th, 2011

Knowing how to relieve stress and depression is a crucial matter in the lives of many people now. Everyone has been repeatedly exposed to varying but increasing levels of stress whether it is in school or in the workplace. However, a lot of people have frequently ignored these feelings of fatigue and distress until the body experiences the bad consequences of both these problems.

This article will talk about different ways of how to relieve stress and depression in very simple and easy to perform measures.

How to Relieve Stress and Depression via Natural Means

How To Relieve Stress And DepressionOne of the common health care fads today would be using natural and alternative measures of how to relieve stress and depression.

  • Having massage sessions does not only cause stress relief and tension that are felt in the muscles and joints, but it also promotes the release of natural pain relievers of the body called endorphins. Also, patients who are suffering from depression may benefit from the physical skin to skin contact between the individual doing and the one receiving these long strokes in the body.
  • Another natural way to relieve stress and depression is a very simple activity that we usually take for granted. Talking or talk therapy has proven to be a lot of help in alleviating stress since one tends to hear what is going on in one’s mind; and at the same time, the intervention fits depressed patients since they are able to express what they are really feeling or thinking about.
  • An adequate diet and rest is also a very common means of relieving stress and depression. There are foods such as spicy and oily foods that are stress inducing which must be avoided in the diet while depressed patients must be able to handle control against under or over eating. The same thing also applies with the need for sleep and rest since both the excess and lack of this further causes both stress and depression.
  • Other people also suggest moving away from television and media as a measure of how to relieve stress and depression, since watching the news and reading the papers may cause further distress and feelings of being depressed.


How to Relieve Stress and Depression via Pharmacologic Means

When the natural methods on how to relieve stress and depression would not work, there are more aggressive means to manage these problems.

  • Seeking the help of a counselor or a life planner is a new method, which is being utilized by people who really are in a confused and indecisive state.
  • Taking medications to control other conditions that may be causing depression and stressful feelings can also be a valuable measure of relieving stress and depression. Cardiovascular conditions or other chronic conditions may be causing these problems; hence, being prescribed with antihypertensive medications may help.
  • Drugs such as anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants can be considered as the last resort on how to relieve stress and depression. Sometimes, despite all the efforts, chemically altering the imbalance of hormones may resolve these concerns.


Actually, there are a lot other interventions on how to relieve stress and depression. However it must be remembered that one has to use them wisely especially pharmacologic measures which needs the consultation of a physician before taking them.

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17 Responses to “How To Relieve Stress And Depression”

  1. Because of this busy lifestyle that we have wherein we are more likely to become stressed in terms of physical and mental, the best stress reliever for me is having a massage while at the same time an aromatherapy. Massage really helps alleviate physical stress while aromatherapy also helps relieve mental stress.
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  2. Anna says:

    I have recently come up with the ides to imagine a ball, very strong holding it and suddenly dropping it! Trust me it helps perfectly:):)
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  3. Nile says:

    I think physical exercise is the best medicine. If that is not enough, definitely seeking professional help and some medication will help. Some of the people, like myself have a chemical imbalance which was knocked wacky after I had my son.

    I do exercise with medication to help keep me rolling. Now, I do know people have different reactions to medicines for depression. Most, it takes at least a month for the medicine to actually have an effect and missing doses is not good.

    I also find that having a pet can help with stress and my cat really does help. Funny, just petting him calms me down. :D
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  4. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ about not taking drugs of any kind. I dabbled with herbs many years ago, but in all honest I’m rarely depressed and when I do mind myself headed in that direction I know it’s because I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for too long and it’s time for a break. That normally works for me.
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  5. I love getting massages! I need to have them more often.

    I too find that exercise helps me a lot. When I feel it coming on I have the honor of having two big dogs that love to go for walks. No matter the day, time or weather they are always willing to accompany me on a walk!
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  6. Thanks for posting this great article, Edyta!

    The thing a lot of people don’t understand about taking anti-depressant drugs is that it is only a temporary fix. You still need to take care of whatever caused the depression in the first place, or it will return with a vengeance once you’re off the meds. The drugs do help by putting you into a better state of mind, so that you are able to face your problems. But you need to face them while on the drugs, because the drugs only help while you’re taking them.

    Herbs are a different story. Herbs are not drugs… they are nutrition, which go straight to the problem, whether it’s depression or arthritis or any number of other ailments. They don’t cure you either… they help your body heal itself.

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  7. Lilai says:

    Lately, everybody has gotten so busy. We are all caught up with our job and all the other responsibilities that we forget to take care of ourselves. This not being able to take good care of ones self leads to stress and worse, depression. It’s nice that massages and even talk can be good ways to relieve stress. Simple, inexpensive yet very effective for sure!

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