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how to treat depression without meds

A common misconception is that antidepressants are the only way to fully cure depression.

The truth, In fact, is that many people who take antidepressants still get depressed again and again. In addition, taking these medications too often can cause side effects such as weight gain, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction, and dry mouth.

Because of this, there is often an understandable need to treat your depression without medication, but this can be a dangerous road to travel without appropriate guidance.

To this effect, I have decided to pull out all the stops to write out these 34 non-medication treatment approach that I have seen work very well to end depression for thousands of people I have come across and worked with over the last 22 years.

As you read, you will discover that some of the tips are highlighted in the subtitles whilst some tips are highlighted in the paragraphs. Just look for the word "Tip" in brackets.

So, without further ado, let's start with a definition of depression....

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How to numb depression

How many times have you tried everything in your power to lift yourself out of the dark hole of despair?

The pain becomes so intense that nothing seems to be able to relieve us. you feel physically ill and mentally unable to do anything productive. It’s like being locked in a dark prison, and the only way out is to either kill ourselves or someone else.

This usually leads us to seek comfort from any source we can find. Unfortunately, most of the sources of comfort that we try turn out to be just as miserable as the thing that was causing us pain in the first place.

Numbing your depression without really understanding the impact of numbing is like swimming through quicksand without experience.
Bottom line...

Numbing depression will make you feel more lost than ever, except you only use numbing as a temporary stop-gap. A stop-gap to give yourself a break from dealing with the pain whilst you regain your composure to soldier on.

And that is why, in this article, I will be revealing the safest techniques for numbing depression so that you can avoid the common trap that has led thousands of people to an unfulfilled life.

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49 self-compassion meditation scripts to help you grow and thrive

"One of the greatest discoveries of this generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."

Adewale Ademuyiwa

This is an extremely important principle. Because of this principle, people can break free from the habits of the past and create a new life for themselves. Because of this principle, people can learn to stop living in fear and pain.

So beware of the choices you make about how you think of yourself.

You can choose to think about yourself in a positive light or a negative light. If you can learn to think positively about yourself, you will find it easier to face life's challenges, and your life will be less stressful and emotionally challenging.

To help you towards this goal, here are 49 self-compassion scripts to help you develop a loving sense of yourself and your life.

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Why self-compassion matters to your mental health

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How to survive family members that are toxi

Toxic people can destroy your life. If you don't learn to control them, they will consume you until you are nothing more than a shadow of your former self.

When dealing with a toxic person, it is important to understand how to get rid of their harmful energy and influence on your life.

In today's comprehensive guide, I will be revealing How to cope with family members that are toxic, self-absorbed, rude, and narcissistic...

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How to eliminate self-doubt forever

What Is self-doubt?

Self-doubt is an insidious mental virus that infects our minds and often makes you feel like the decisions or actions you take will go wrong or that you are no good at something.

It is an inner feeling of inadequacy, insecurity, and negative thoughts that can really hold you back. In some people, this feeling of self-doubt becomes a habit and can be very debilitating.

You may find yourself questioning everything you do, always expecting to fail. Your confidence and self-belief may also be undermined by the fear of failure.

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Healthy coping mechanisms for panic attacks

It's sad when your own mind is the greatest enemy to your happiness. And this is the case when it comes to panic attacks

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are like a raging storm that comes out of nowhere. It strikes without warning and leaves you helpless against its force. In a matter of seconds, your life can change completely. You can suddenly feel your heart racing, hands shaking, and breathing laboured. If you are lucky, the symptoms will pass within a few minutes. But sometimes, the storm will last longer than that, and you will not know what hit you.

It's important to remember though that panic attacks are not a mental illness, although they can be frightening and debilitating for the patient. Panic attacks can happen to anyone if you are under too much stress for long periods.

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How to overcome the fear of embarrassment phobia

Embarrassment phobia is an intense fear of being perceived as incompetent by other people. People who suffer from embarrassment phobia are very uncomfortable in the presence of others and avoid social situations and being evaluated by others. They might also have problems with speaking up and asking for help.

If you're a person with a strong case of embarrassment phobia, you may be anxious when:

- You're in public

- In front of a class, group of friends, or strangers

- Talking to people you don't know

- When others ask you questions

It's important to know that embarrassment is normal. However, if you feel like you can't stand when others look at you, you may have an embarrassment phobia.

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Healthy coping mechanism for anxiety

Anxiety is a natural physiological response to stressors or negative emotions. However, when it becomes persistent or severe, it can create symptoms that negatively affect a person’s life.

It is important to note that not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way. Some people are able to manage their anxiety effectively

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Healthy coping mechanisms for loneliness

The relationship between loneliness and depression has been established, loneliness is also associated with other serious health conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and cognitive decline. Loneliness has also been linked to increased mortality. A recent study in the UK reported that loneliness in older people is associated with a 50% increase in overall mortality.

While there are no one size fits all cures for loneliness, there are some healthy coping mechanisms.

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Healthy coping mechanisms for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues

Stressful situations are unavoidable. Whether it’s an exam, a presentation, a meeting, physical health, mental health issues or something else entirely, we all deal with stress differently. While it is important to recognize that everyone handles stress differently, there are some general principles that apply to anyone who is stressed out.

The first step in dealing with stress is

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How to stop mini panic attacks when falling asleep

Mini panic attacks are short, sharp anxiety attacks that occur in the moments leading up to falling asleep. Most people have experienced them at least once in their lives.

They often go unnoticed, so you may not even realize you're having a panic attack until you're already in bed, and it's too late to do anything about it.

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How to stop racing thoughts at night

It’s infuriating…

As soon as you get into bed, and turn the TV off, your mind starts racing, and it becomes very difficult to sleep.

You notice how tired you are and then try to stop thinking about different things, but you have tried all different techniques, like reading before bed, reducing phone activity before bed, and counting but nothing seems to help.

And when you do manage to fall asleep, you wake up many times in the night and your mind will automatically start racing and you can't fall back to sleep.

If you can relate, then you have been a victim of racing thoughts at night.

Racing thoughts are thoughts that keep repeating in your mind until you are unable to fall asleep. It can also have a heavy impact on your ability to concentrate during the day.

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Nighttime Anxiety Medication: A Step-by-Step Guide for Insomniacs

Insomnia is a condition in which people experience trouble falling asleep, waking up early, having problems getting back to sleep, and daytime fatigue.

You can tell you are struggling with insomnia if you notice frequent awakenings throughout the night, feel tired in the morning and have trouble concentrating in the afternoon.

Unfortunately, insomnia is often a vicious cycle and often gets worse over time.

Over the course of time, sleep is disrupted, causing increased stress, and this stress causes insomnia.

Over time, the more you try to fix the problem by treating insomnia with sleep aids, the more the cycle continues. It’s an endless loop.

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The ultimate guide to beating nighttime anxiety?

What is Nighttime Anxiety?

Nighttime anxiety is a common condition that ranges from a general feeling of uneasiness to intense panic during the night, often accompanied by trouble sleeping and exhaustion during the day.

These symptoms may come and go but tend to increase in severity during high stress or depression periods.

Here are some common causes of nighttime anxiety and what to do about them...

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How to heal after a toxic relationship

A toxic relationship is like a poison that affects your life. It changes the way you think, and how you feel about yourself. It steals your joy and causes you to lose your passion for life.

It makes you feel worthless, so you feel compelled to stay with someone who treats you horribly...

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5 tips to avoid slipping back into hopeless depression

Depression is like a dark cloud hanging over your life. It can be so thick that it makes everything around you appear gloomy and lifeless.

If you are depressed, you might feel like your entire life has changed. You might feel like you can't enjoy anything anymore or even smile. It might feel like you've lost all of your passion and desire for life. But the truth is that if you take action, you can make a change that can actually make your life better.

Check out these 5 5 tips to avoid slipping back into hopeless depression

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How to stop being too responsible

It is amazing how the people who are most successful are the ones who are the most balanced in their lives. They recognize that they have a lot to give to the world and they also recognize that they are only one person. As a result, they don't try to help everyone and everything in their life.

If you collapse from over helping, the world will still be here long after you're gone. Here are 12 simple tips to stop feeling guilty for not helping everyone in the world. so you can become a more well rounded person who also looks after themselves.

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How to achieve optimum emotional and mental balance

in this article, you're going to learn the No.1 reason why everyone struggling with negative emotions should become a master of balance...

Sadly, almost everybody gets this wrong!

You see when it comes to dealing with your emotions... One of the biggest keys is finding the right balance in the things you do.

Many people try to overcome their emotional problems by becoming obsessed with achieving some change. They try to achieve some goal. But this causes them to lose sight of what is truly important.

They forget that life is about the journey, not the destinations. And during the journey, you got to make a lot of turns.

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The No.1 secret to overcoming negative automatic thoughts

For many people, negative automatic thoughts (NAT's) are like a freight train running through their head 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.

They seem to have been there since time began. Sometimes NAT's show up as self-critical thoughts.

Other times they take the form of "what if" scenarios. Still, others appear as "should" statements. No matter their form, all NAT's interfere with our ability to enjoy our lives and perform at our best.

In this article, you're going to learn the number one secret to overcoming negative automatic thoughts and creating a much more positive mindset.

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