Thousands of anti-depressants are there in the market that are believed to curb the depression problem among adults and teens ranging from different benzodiazepines to different serotonin supplements.
It’s a million dollar business indeed.
But do they really help to curb the problem in the best possible way? I am going to be honest here, they do. They do contribute in keeping the problem at bay and help the individual cope up with their issues. But along with their upsides, there are also several downsides such as:
- Too much dependence.
- Withdrawal symptoms may arise during the rehab.
- A gnawing sense of worry that it may be hard to cope up with all those depression problems without benzos.
- Possible relapse after a certain period.
So why don’t we try to keep medication at bay and turn our heads to a more natural cure that doesn’t come with the above mentioned problems? Yep, I am talking about YOGA!
Highlights of Yoga in a nutshell
- Yoga, being a physical activity helps to increase the serotonin* secretion of the body.
- Yoga can also help to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress.
- Practicing yoga religiously may help to increase the pain tolerance capability of your body and may also aid in increasing the overall energy level of the body.
How can Yoga therapy help an individual cope up with depression issues?- A thorough discussion
Yoga therapy is nothing but the practice of yoga under professional supervision. Most depression patients use yoga therapy to cope up with:
- Emotional as well as mental problems.
- Chronic disorders such as ongoing back pain.
- Depression, stress, anxiety.
- Sexual problems.
Let’s take a peek at the benefits now as closely as possible.
1. Yoga therapy can modulate an individual’s stress response system
Yoga can modulate the stress response system for the good of the individual. For example:
- It can reduce the individual’s heart rate (which usually goes up during stressful moments) and calm him/her down.
- Yoga can reduce blood pressure.
- It may help in respiration.
All the three above-mentioned factors can play a significant role in bringing depression down to a check. If that isn’t a benefit, I don’t know what is.
2. Yoga can help to improve the mood of an individual
Like I said before, Yoga is a natural way to increase the production of serotonin in the body.
As per the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, it has been found that serotonin plays a huge role in keeping depression at bay. After all, it’s a natural chemical that makes an individual happy. So it’s a no-brainer that it should come as a solution to all sorts of depression problems.
So, in a sense, you’ve got to agree that yoga can actually improve the mood of an individual for good.
3. Yoga therapy can also help an individual cope up with his/her phobias (if any)
Phobias aren’t too uncommon in people.
Fortunately, in most cases, these problems don’t take a serious turn and can be brought to a check by the person himself/herself. But sometimes they DO. What can you do in such circumstances?
Yoga therapy can come in to your rescue. Practicing yoga regularly can help you keep all your phobia-related anxieties at bay and may actually cure you one day in the long run.
So if you are excessively phobic to spiders, closed spaces, heights, death or even mortuary equipment, yoga therapy should be your way to go.
Practicing Yoga: A few tips
- Always practice yoga in a spot that you are comfortable with. A yoga mat is also recommended for the practice.
- If you feel that a pose is too uncomfortable for you, stop doing it immediately. There are many alternatives available as well. Do only those that suit you the best.
- Maintain a yoga routine and stick to it.
- Meditate for a few minutes at the start to improve your concentration. It’ll be difficult at the start, but with practice, you’ll master it in the long run for sure.
- Always end your practice with a 10-minute rest (AKA savasana). The pose is depicted in the image below.
A few more words…
Yoga is a gentle exercise capable of incorporating meditation and controlled physical movements in individuals, which in turn can really help to keep stress, anxiety and depression at bay in the best possible manner.
Yoga might feel a bit difficult at the start. The poses might seem a bit too uncomfortable but as I said, choose ONLY the ones that you are comfortable with.
There are thousands of options. Don’t hesitate to explore them. Otherwise, you can always improvise to make one suit you the best.
It doesn’t matter how you do as long as you do. With that, I’ll bring this article to a close for now. Hope you had a good and useful read.
*Serotonin: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that’s believed to have a huge role in contributing to an individual’s well-being and happiness.