Natural Cures for Depression and Fatigue

A lot of people wonder if there is a connection between these two: depression and fatigue. How are they linked and what are the natural cures for it?

In this article I will discuss:

  • Depression and Fatigue (how they are connected)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • The Difference between both of those
  • Natural Cures for Depression and Fatigue Natural Cures for Depression and Fatigue

How are depression and fatigue connected?

Depression and fatigue can definitely be connected and exist together or they can be two separate things. When they are two different identities, depression exists as a mental disorder while chronic fatigue syndrome exists as a physical, medical condition.

I will decipher the two. While both can make a person feel extremely tired with a lack of energy or motivation to do anything such as daily tasks, it is important to recognize that they differ.

Depression occurs when a person has constant feelings of sadness either in spurts of time spontaneously over long periods of time, or majorly where the depressed feeling can last months or even years constantly. With depression comes other symptoms and side-effects.

This can include many such as:

  • appetite loss or over-eating
  • sleep schedule fluctuations, insomnia, over-sleeping
  • continuous feelings of emptiness, worthlessness, hopelessness, sadness
  • isolation from family and friends
  • suicidal thoughts or tendencies

Fortunately, there are natural cures for depression that you can take advantage of such as natural supplementation that serves to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, life-style changes such as implementing exercise and a healthy diet, as well as talk therapy with a counselor or psychiatrist.

Depression is completely treatable and curable. However, it is important to know that it is not cured over night. It takes time. Depression needs constant attention, awareness, and respect. It is a disease and needs proper addressing.

Now to get back on track with the difference between depression and fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. Constant fatigue exists in a medical condition called chronic fatigue syndrome. This is a condition that causes someone to have continuous feelings of tiredness without any underlying cause even if someone has had a full night’s rest. It is easy to mix up the two as both can feel similar.

Depression and Fatigue - Natural Cures

On the other hand, depression can cause fatigue while constant fatigue can cause depression. Thus, a feeling of depression and fatigue can result. They can exist together or separately. It is important to recognize the differences for treatment options.

The Main Difference Between Depression and Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The main difference between the two is that depression is considered a mental illness/disorder with fatigue being a main cause or symptom of it while chronic fatigue is classified primarily as a physical disorder that entails that a person has continuous feelings of tiredness. Of course, there can be some overlap between the two.

Those with chronic fatigue syndrome can suffer from physical symptoms that usually do not come with depression. These can include:

  • tender lymph nodes
  • joint pain
  • sore throat
  • muscle pain

To further differentiate the two, you should think mentally about it. Do you feel depressed? Are you having constant feelings of hopelessness and sadness? Does your depression make you feel constantly tired? If so, then you are experiencing depression and with your depression comes the symptom of constant fatigue.

On the other hand, are you not depressed and merely just always feel tired? Do you still want to do things during the day? Do you want to engage in activities but just feel too tired to do so? The keyword is want here.

Those with depression usually do not want to engage in daily activities and find staying in their room isolated from any social or physical activities is best. But those with chronic fatigue actually want to get out and about but feel too tired to do so.

It is important to remember that if you just have chronic fatigue syndrome, then it is possible to develop depression from this. This could be because your fatigue is causing you stress or health problems. These health problems can induce depression. It is important to treat both in any case.

To diagnose either condition, your doctor if you feel comfortable at this stage to see one, should be capable of ruling out certain conditions and narrowing down to your illness if you are having difficulty. Again, sometimes it is difficult to assess if you are clinically depressed until it hits you at its darkest moments. This could come across as someone just being chronically fatigued but truthfully, it could be the depression. If you have difficulty deciphering your condition, then I would urge you to see you doctor and if that still does not help, then possibly seeing a mental health expert could do the trick.

Again, I would like to emphasize that those who have chronic fatigue syndrome can develop depression. Likewise, those with depression will not develop chronic fatigue syndrome, but can certainly become increasingly fatigued.

For example, those with chronic fatigue syndrome relatively have sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or insomnia. These conditions are dangerous because a proper amount of sleep (7-8 hours) is essential for the body and mind to be fully operative during the day. Without this amount of sleep, you are unfocused and inattentive, thereby making it harder for you to carry out daily tasks such as cleaning, cooking, school work, and exercise. When people are tired, it is hard to gain motivation to do these things (things that may actually be enjoyable if your mind and body were working fully).

This insomnia or sleep apnea and its side-effects can in turn cause depression as there is a lot of strain on the mind and body to carry out certain functions during the day.

On the other hand, those who have depression can constantly be fatigued which is just as bad. Fatigue needs to be beat in order to start beating your depression up front. Get a good night’s sleep. You will notice that your mood elevation will go up, your motivation will increase, your dedication will increase, and your overall efficiency will increase. Then with a famished brain, you can start taking measures to beat your depression.

Treating Depression and Fatigue

Now I am talking to those who are depressed and fatigued, those who do not have chronic fatigue syndrome. I believe fatigue is evident when it comes to depression. Those with depression and the negative impulses and thoughts that come with it keep us up at night. It makes up not fall asleep. When we do, it could be 4,5, or 6 in the morning. Then it makes it almost impossible to wake up as we are dead tired. How do we beat this? Like I said, our sleep schedule needs to be fixed.

Cures for Depression and Fatigue

There are many cures for depression and fatigue. Some I love and some I do not. Of course, therapy or counseling can help to treat depression which in turn would help treat the fatigue. Sometimes, this option is to expensive or you may not feel comfortable talking to someone about your mental illness face to face.

I do not want to stress taking antidepressants for a couple of reasons. Yes in time, your sleep schedule would be fixed but I strongly believe the negatives out-weight the positives. With antidepressants comes major side effects and major adjustment to the product. You could experience more severe fatigue than before and more fluctuated sleep during the beginning of your journey to finding the right medication. You could also be having severe anxiety once you start taking the medication and other side effects.

Furthermore, it generally takes a long time for the anti-depressants to start working as your brain is being adjusted to the new uptake of chemicals. This could take from weeks to months depending if you find your right fit the first attempt. As of now, unless majorly needed, I would stay away from prescribed antidepressant medication. Always consult your doctor in a lengthy conversation before proceeding with antidepressants.

Natural Cures for Depression and Fatigue

    • deep-breathing exercises
    • exercising daily (cardio, weight-lifting) – allows your body and mind to be tired which makes it easier to rest and sleep
    • yoga
    • meditation
    • massage
    • Melatonin – This product helps those having difficulty with their sleep schedules. It helps to adjust sleep-wake cycles and establishes a daily and nightly routine. It is used for insomnia patients as this natural supplement helps those with sleep disorders. Read my full Melatonin Review.
      • Those with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) should also take this supplement. Those whose mood are affected by sunlight or seasonal changes should take this product. It is made from serotonin (happy chemical in the brain), hence why people take it to not only adjust sleep schedule but to help elevate their entire mood and decrease depression symptoms. I find it has a great affect of adjusting my sleep schedule and enlightening my mood. This allows me to have a fully productive day.

Ultimately, it is important whether if you’re a victim of depression or a victim of chronic fatigue syndrome, to develop good sleeping habits. Try these:

  • Avoid exercising before bed (4 hours before bedtime)
  • Avoid taking lengthy naps (limit to 30 minutes)
  • Create a healthy sleeping atmosphere (dark, quiet, cool)
  • Go to bed at the same time throughout your week
  • Avoid drinking and eating things that do not promote sleep (caffeine, sugar, alcohol)

To Conclude:

I hope this information has helped. If you find it is difficult for you to adjust your sleep patterns and difficult to fight the depression that is taking the life out of you, thereby making you extremely fatigue, then I strongly encourage you to take melatonin.

It has similar anti-depressant properties without side effects and will immediately help you adjust your sleep schedule as well as enlighten your mood through serotonin enhancement. It is an all-natural supplement and non-habit forming, meaning you will not need to depend on it.

Do you suffer from depression and fatigue? Are you a chronic fatigue syndrome patient? I would love to hear from you. Comment below!

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  1. To piggyback on what you have said, diet, exercise, and sunlight can help with the production of serotonin which aids in the treatment of depression and fatigue as well. This is great information many people take these symptoms lightly.

    • Yes I completely agree. I have many posts here on my site that explain how exercise and diet can help fight depression by enlightening the mood.

  2. As a Veteran of the United States Army i dealt with depression for almost 8 years after i got out of the military. It was hard to want to do anything especially be around people. It took me a little over two years to leave my house and luckily i had my VA benefits that covered the cost of counseling.

    Well, as grateful as i am for that ‘blessing’ i couldn’t connect with my counselor because in my eyes they had no clue what i was talking about. The things i did, the people i lost, the things that happened to me. I just couldn’t deal with opening up to not only a complete stranger but one i felt had no clue what i was talking about.

    Then the medication came into play and things really got messy. I was taking 13 pills a day and i cant even begin to express the level of zombed-out i was.

    One day, against my doctors recommendation i just stopped. i had to remind myself that there was a point in time when i was ok and did not need all these pills or strangers budding into my business.

    I started working out again. That kept me accountable for the myself and helped me quit drinking.

    I started yoga and meditation so that i could get to know my body and myself better.

    So, yes i agree medication is not the way to go in my opinion and i believe that most if not all people can get better if they want to.

    Thanks for writing such an awesome post. I’m glad i was able to relate.

    • Thank you for sharing your story Justin. That is truly inspirational and you are a perfect example of how depression can be cured naturally. I really appreciate you opening up and am glad you have found your safe haven. You have done excellent things to get you back on track such as exercising, yoga, and meditation – all great remedies that soothe, relax, and enlighten the mind.

  3. Hi Rob,
    Great article, really appreciate you sharing. I have people close to me who battle depression and have known it to be a tough cross to bear. Some seek out ways to battle their depression and others, for reasons known only to them, simply do not wish to. This is a great article and I will be sharing it. Thank you!

    • Hi Matthew, thanks for reaching out! Depression is very common. We all often have friends/family that may have this mental illness even if we realize it or not. Yes, I agree, some do not seek the help they need. I would have to say the main reason for this is because it is very difficult for them to get help. This could be because they are ashamed of it, do not want to be a burden, cannot admit to their mental illness themselves, or even think battling it alone is the best option. Truthfully, mental illness is not shameful. It should be treated the same as physical illnesses like cancer. It is curable and everyone with a mental illness should seek the help they need. It is okay not to be okay.

  4. Hi Rob,
    Very informative post!
    I’m glad to run across this information. Recently, I’ve been having sleeping issue and your natural remedies are spun on. I also start taking Melatonin at the advise of a friend. I was happy to see you included info on this site.
    Thank you so much for the advice!

    • Thank you for your compliment Maun. Glad you are taking melatonin. It does work and I take it every night! Thank you again for reaching out!

  5. Hi!

    I’m Jo – artist, writer, traveller, mental health advocate, music lover, wild west nut intrigued by science, and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour. I’ve miraculously recovered from thirty years of depression – a medication crisis was the catalyst, I’ve never felt this good – and I’m chronicling the rebuild of my polymath and creative lifestyle on my blog, Creating My Odyssey.

    I’m reaching creatives and people with depression in particular, to explain that this illness is the most treatable of mental health issues. I feel extremely lucky that pure chance enabled us – Husband and I – to contact a mental health team, who, with a combination of medication (known as California Rocket Fuel- love it!) and cognitive behavioural therapy, brought me to where I am now. Which proves that provided sufferers know where to look, help is available. That’s the hard part, which shouldn’t be the case.

    • Thank you for reaching out Jo. Glad you have found the help you desired. I agree with you that depression is completely treatable and curable. There are many natural remedies such as supplements, exercise, diet, hobbies etc. that can do the trick and those all together I truly believe in time, you will notice an improvement and enlightenment on your mood. Help is always out there and no one suffering should be ashamed to receive it. Mental illness is normal and it is okay not to be okay. You are not alone and should always receive the help you need. People need you, want you, and love you.

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