Just Breath: Alternative Treatments to Antidepressants

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As mental health issues continue to rise, more and more people are turning to antidepressants to cope with depression and anxiety, however, antidepressants only mask the real issues and come with side effects and risks.

So what can I do?

For those seeking a natural and holistic approach to mental health, there are alternative treatments that can be just as effective, if not more so. In this blog post, we will explore some of these alternatives, with a focus on the power of breathwork to heal.

If you haven't of breathwork breathwork before, breathwork is a practice that involves conscious breathing techniques to calm the mind and release emotional blockages. Contrary to some, breathwork has no negative side effects and can be practiced anywhere, at any time.

The power of breathwork lies in its ability to access deep states of relaxation and inner peace. By simply focusing on the breath, we can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve our overall mental health. Breathwork can also help us connect with ourselves, release past traumas that do not serve you, and find more clarity and direction in life.

Ok, but what else can I do?


One of the most powerful natural treatments for depression and anxiety is exercise. Regular physical activity has been shown to boost mood, reduce stress, and improve overall mental health. In addition to this, exercise can increase the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports the growth and survival of neurons in the brain. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to depression, and by increasing its production, exercise may help to improve brain function and alleviate symptoms... So get lifting!

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of therapy that helps people identify negative thought patterns and learn to replace them with more positive and constructive ones. It has been shown to be just as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, and can also be helpful for managing anxiety. In summary, when we are conscious of our thoughts, understand that our thoughts are not a part of us, we can separate them from who we are and heal.


When acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body, they stimulate the nervous system to release neurotransmitters, such as endorphins and serotonin, which can help to regulate mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. Additionally, acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and can help to regulate the immune system, both of which have been linked to depression. Research has also found that acupuncture can improve the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which plays a key role in the body's stress response system. Dysregulation of the HPA axis has been linked to depression, and by improving its function, acupuncture may help to alleviate symptoms.


Research in neuroscience has shown that mindfulness meditation can lead to changes in the structure and function of the brain. For instance, studies have found that regular mindfulness meditation practice can increase the thickness of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating emotions and making decisions. This increase in thickness may be linked to the ability to better regulate emotions, which can reduce symptoms of depression.

Furthermore, mindfulness meditation has been found to reduce the activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that is involved in the processing of emotions such as fear and anxiety. This reduced activity can lead to a reduction in the symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as an increase in positive emotions.


While antidepressants can be a useful tool for managing depression and anxiety, they are not the only option. By exploring natural and holistic treatments like exercise, CBT, acupuncture, and breathwork, you can find a treatment plan that works best for you and promotes long-term healing and wellbeing. Remember, everyone's journey to mental health is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. By taking the time to explore your options and find what works best for you, you can achieve long-lasting mental health and well-being.

Are you tired of feeling stuck on antidepressants? It's time to explore alternative treatments that could bring you long-lasting relief. Breathwork is one such method that has shown promising results in healing depression. Book a free discovery call with us today to learn more about how our online breathwork sessions can help you break free from the shackles of depression. Take the first step towards a happier and healthier you!

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Sarah Michaels

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