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St. John’s Wort and depression

Life has its ups and its down and it is perfectly natural to experience low mood from time to time

Life has its ups and its down and it is perfectly natural to experience low mood from time to time. Often when someone experiences low mood, they describe their symptoms as feeling depressed. Whilst this is a useful shorthand to use in conversation, there is a big difference between feeling low and actually being depressed.

The difference between low mood and depression

If you’ve had a bad day at work, or perhaps you’ve had a row with your partner, maybe you’ve just been dumped by your girl or boyfriend. Most of the time you will describe these low mood feelings as being depressed. These are normal, but temporary feelings of sadness, frustration and stress. You are most likely experiencing low mood if you are:

  • Sad
  • Anxious
  • Worried
  • Angry
  • Tired

Most of these feelings will go away over time, especially if you make a small change to the situation that you’re in. However a low mood that lasts for weeks and won’t go away can be a sign of depression. You’re more likely to be depressed if you are:

  • Continually sad
  • Constantly guilt ridden
  • Irritable and intolerant of others
  • Experiencing low self-esteem
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless

If you are experiencing low mood for extended periods of time and are experiencing some of the feelings described above its worthwhile seeking help as they are signs that you may be depressed. Your first port of call may be friends and family and if they don’t help you can seek professional help via your doctor or GP or the Samaritans.

Natural remedies for low mood

If you’re experiencing low mood or feeling down there are lots of ways that you can help yourself to improve your mood. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • If you’re stuck at home, go out for a walk
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Cut down on alcohol, as it is a depressant
  • Keep busy
  • Get regular exercise
  • Make a change to your daily routine
  • If it really is a bad day, remember that tomorrow will be different

Try a herbal remedy such as St Johns’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is an effective mood lifter and has traditionally been used to manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is the main ingredient in KarmaMood, a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.

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