Activity and Exercise for Depression
The depressive mood can be overcome by activity. Those who are depressed will forget their misery by doing something. The pleasure of achievement overcomes the distress of misery.
Exercise also plays an important role in the treatment of depression. It keeps the body physically and mentally fit and provides recreation and mental relaxation. It is nature’s best tranquilizer. Exercise changes the levels of hormones in blood, elevates beta-endorphins and improves the function of the automatic nervous system. It gives a feeling of accomplishment and thus reduces sense of helplessness. Some form of active exercise must be undertaken every day at a regular hour. Yogic asanas such as vakrasana, bhujangasana, shalabhasana, halasana, paschimotanasana, sarvangasana and shavasana are beneficial in the treatment of depression.
Adequate rest, relaxation and meditation are also essential to overcome feelings of depression and to gain control over the nervous system. The patient should have sufficient sleep under right condition. He should also relax and meditate as often as possible. This will go a long way in curing depression.