The first and most important factor is exercise. Exercise has been shown in research to be a very effective anti-depressant therapy.
From an energetic standpoint, exercise helps to move stagnant energy and emotions.
From a physiological perspective, exercise increases oxygenation to the brain and other tissues, which increases cellular metabolism.
Exercise also helps to increase the circulation of our lymphatic fluid, which promotes the removal of cellular wastes. It is important to remove cellular wastes as they can cause inflammation within the body, a known factor in depression.
Exercising for 30 minutes 5x/week is typically recommended. However, some people feel better when they move more than this. Keep in mind, you don’t have to hit the gym to exercise. Chasing with your dog, dancing while you cook, or gardening are all forms of movement which achieve many of the same goals as traditional exercise.
Listen to your body – is your body asking to be moved? Stretched? Sweated?
How do you feel after you are sedentary for a long time? How do you feel after you engage in physical activity?
What is holding you back?