Augmenting Your Antidepressants

Today’s post is about natural antidepressants. Here’s on of my favorites:

Cat Digging My Shoes

I think psychiatrists should hand out kittens, along with the drugs. (While this is not my cat, those are my shoes.)

Next is nature therapy. I took these shots at a park not ten minutes from where I live. When you can walk, trail run, or ride your bike here, who needs a gym? I’m a firm believer that outdoor exercise is way better for mental health than slogging away on a treadmill. You get your vitamin D, a little nature (yesterday I saw a gorgeous deer), and lots of fresh air. The last shot is of my favorite tree in the park.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a link to a scientific study showing that outdoor exercise is better for you than indoor exercise. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110204130607.htm

Also, these two types of therapy don’t make your hair fall out. No more Abilify for me! (But I am still on the Wellbutrin and Viibryd. For now.)

About Unconfirmed Bachelorette

Unconfirmed Bachelorette, a/k/a Ella, is a 50-something-year-old lawyer who wishes fervently she could retire from the practice of law and write full time. Never-married-childfree Ella resides in Austin, Texas with her three fluffy black rescue cats and two interlopers.
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9 Responses to Augmenting Your Antidepressants

  1. I totally agree! There’s nothing like nature to sooth your soul. 🙂

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  2. Paula says:

    I’m all for doing yoga and Tai Chi outside. Other cultures do it and have far fewer issues with depression. 🙂

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  3. I so much agree. My dog, and nature, are my antidepressants.

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  4. daylily2011 says:

    I can relate to the peacefulness you get with nature. I love to be outdoors and it does help my depression! –Daylily

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  5. That picture just cracked me up. (and cats / puppies might be better for them to hand out – great idea)
    Going outdoors is the best. You’ve got a nice spot to wander. It’s rained fo 7 days here and now the sun is out and scorching…not to mention the mosquitoes…so I’m stuck on the treadmill…but I can see outside and watch the birds!
    Nice post

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