Teen depression can be one of the most difficult things to deal with – they’re often too young to even understand what they’re going through, let alone communicate their troubles to friends or family. But fear not…we at Ayurvedum have put together some very valuable tips on teenage depression treatment. You can use them to improve overall teen mental health. So, go ahead and give these tips a read:
Teenage Depression Treatment Tips
1. Provide Unconditional Support.
We take providing unconditional support as our first and most important tip while dealing with teen depression. You already know that the teen is going through a time they themselves are unable to understand. Hormones are all over the place and emotions go haywire. Encourage as well as support them in the kindest of ways.
2. Improve Their Sleep Quality.
Insomnia is a common problem faced by depressed teens. Help them fix up a proper sleeping and waking up schedule. Encourage waking up and studying early morning, rather than at night. Let them drink warm honey and milk around 30 minutes before going to bed. Try these Ayurvedic remedies for insomnia.
3. Let Them Get Abhyanga, An Ayurvedic Massage.
Abhyanga is one of the best alternative treatments for depression. A full body warm oil massage with herbal oils does wonders to calm stressed out nerves. It creates a sense of stability. It nourishes every part of the body. And it also stimulates prana. Once the individual feels loved and is calm, everything else will fall in place and depression will be a thing of the past.
4. Encourage The Teen To Exercise.
Exercise is also a vital depression treatment. Exercise releases endorphins, helps flush out toxins, and also boosts immunity. Exercising lightens the mood, builds stamina, and can significantly boost self confidence. For depressed teens, exercise should not be vigorous or competitive, but enjoyable and energising. Yoga is a very effective teenage depression treatment. From a yoga expert, them learn poses such as:
- Bhujagasana (Cobra pose)
- Veerabhadrasana (Warrior Pose 1,2,3)
- Balasana (Child’s Pose)
- Supta Badha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle pose)
- Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
- Halasana (Plow Pose)
5. Ensure An Anti-Depression Diet.
An anti depression diet can be one of the alternative treatments for depression. Encourage the teen to avoid refined, processed, excessively spicy, stale as well as artificially flavoured foods. White sugar is horrible for emotional health. Instead, include these anti-depression foods in their daily diet:
- At least 3-4 servings of fresh fruit
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
- Plenty of water
- Natural sweeteners such as honey and jaggery
- Omega-3 rich foods like avocados and olive oil
- Organic cow milk as well as ghee
- Antioxidant sources like berries and pomegranate
6. Use Anti-Depression Ayurvedic Herbs.
Ayurvedic herbs that can be immensely helpful in improving mental health as well as balancing hormones. That’s why they are used in alternative treatments for depression. Consult a doctor regarding herbs such as:
Note: Articles on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness on natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.