Mental Health

Low Cost and Natural Ways to Help Anxiety and Depression

Written by Detox Local

Twenty per cent of adults in the Canada have been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression. Nearly half of those are never treated for their issues. When left untreated these common mental health issues can lead to a variety of physical and mental health-related issues. It is imperative that anyone struggling finds the help they need and deserve. If you’re trying to stay away from medications, don’t worry, there is a range of ways that one can seek out help for these common problems. Some of these ways are free, others are all natural, some are both.

Talk to Someone About How You Feel

If you feel that you are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, get with somebody you are close with and let it out. If you do not have someone you feel comfortable confiding in, you can visit a therapist or counselor. A good portion of quality therapists accept health insurance, so there will be little to no out of pocket cost. If that is not an option, you can go online and share your feelings and emotions with others anonymously. However you choose to do it, just do it!

Holding feelings and emotions inside will cause them to bottle up and grow worse. It is so important that you get it out. If you think you may have trouble expressing your truth, don’t worry! Once you start opening up about your feelings, the floodgates can open. Get it off your chest, being able to verbalize these problems is one of the first steps toward overcoming them.

Meditation Can Help With Anxiety

People have been practicing meditation for thousands of years, most of you have probably meditated in some way and may have not even realized it. Meditating is super beneficial for both physical and mental health, doing it on a regular basis will help with anxiety and can even help lessen the symptoms associated with depression. Anyone can meditate, at any time, anywhere, for free. If you are new to meditating and not sure where to start, I suggest checking out YouTube and searching for “guided meditation”. This is a great place to start, it may take some time to quiet your mind down so don’t get discouraged.


What we put into our bodies will become part of who we are. It has been scientifically proven that eating healthier and exercising will help decrease anxiety and help with depression. Foods high in sugars and greasy fats, while delicious, can affect our moods in a negative way. Just 30 minutes of exercise 3+ days a week will improve your mental health. You don’t have to try to be the next Mr. Olympia or Miss Universe, just try to be conscious about what you put into your body and how active you are.

You will see an increase in energy levels and you will also start to sleep better. Your brain function will improve, and your overall mood will benefit. Things that used to bring frustration, panic, fear or sadness will become less frequent. Instead, they will be met with calmness and peace. You will become react less, become less impulsive and become happier on a daily basis.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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