My go-to natural remedies for feeling sad.
The last few weeks have been hard in my house.
Life is still good overall. But as a mom, I’ve been dealing with things that have made me sad.
Not depressed. I want to be sure to emphasize that. I would not say I’m dealing with depression. (If you think you are depressed, I’d encourage you to get professional help.)
No, what I’m feeling is the sadness that comes with living life.
My daughter just went back to college for her sophomore year. And I miss her.
I don’t miss her like I did last year, her freshman year, but I find myself thinking about her and missing her several times a day.
While I’m delighted at how well she is doing, the fact is, I like her. I miss her. And missing her makes me sad.
At the same time, I’m dealing with a 13 year old dog whose body is degenerating in front of my eyes. There were several days when we were worried he was facing complete paralysis of his hind legs.
I’m happy to report we’ve found a combination of “bed rest” and doggy acupuncture has helped him to walk on his own again, although his legs do slide out once in a while.
Still, knowing that I’m spending the last few months with my favorite companion makes me sad. I wish a dog’s lifespan matched our own.
There is no shame in feeling sad. Life can be difficult. In those circumstances, it’s important to use self care. So I wanted to share the natural remedies for feeling sad that I have found work for me.
Natural Remedies for Feeling Sad
The first step to dealing with sadness is to make sure you are getting enough sleep.
Of course, when feeling sad, we often spend our nights tossing and turning and fretting over the reasons for our sadness.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that our bodies need to sleep.
Valerian Root is a natural sedative that has been used for promoting sleep for centuries.
I’ve taken both and have a definite preference for melatonin. Valerian, in my opinion, tastes awful. Even the capsules.
I find melatonin works to help me sleep. The major complaint about melatonin is you can have crazy dreams. I’ve never had these dreams, but my husband says it is like watching TV all night long.
Both are effective, you just need to decide for yourself whether you want an herbal remedy or a hormonal one.
For immediate relief of sad feelings, getting out and doing some cardio activity provides a natural uplift.
Exercise increases the body’s levels of seratonin and releases the endorphins that help you feel good.
I highly recommending something as simple as a neighborhood walk to help improve your mood. You might want to put in some earphones and listen to whatever music you find uplifting.
ST. JOHN’S WORT
St. John’s Wort is another herbal remedy that has been used for centuries.
With St. John’s Wort, you may not notice results right away. It make take a week or two before you begin to experience the “lightness” that people feel from consistent use of this herb.
The effectiveness of St. John’s Wort is due to the fact it works on the nervous system as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). While prozac is also an SSRI, the difference with St. John’s Wort is it works on additional neurotransmitters as well.
There are drug interaction concerns with this herb, so be sure to check with your doctor to see if it is okay to take while you are on other medications.
SAMe is a natural compound formed in our bodies from the amino acid methionine. Methylation plays an important part in the body in the development of mood enhancing neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
As people age, the body gets low on methionine. SAMe is also great for aging joints. If you consider yourself in the “older” population, this might be a great supplement for you.
Many people report SAMe works quicker than St. John’s Wort.
I recommend taking either SAMe or St. John’s Wort – not both.
Are you taking fish oil daily yet? I want you to get some ASAP.
In addition to the myriad health benefits Omega-3s provide, they also work to maintain a healthy emotional balance.
I usually put mine in a green smoothie.
What have you found to be effective in helping overcome sadness?