Kratom for Anxiety and Depression
It’s true that kratom is not currently prescribed by most American physicians for anxiety and depression. Some naturopathic doctors, on the other hand, along with countless Americans, have reported positive benefits of using kratom for anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most widespread mental health issues in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million and 16 million American adults, respectively, suffer from the conditions.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, always seek help from a trained clinician. While you shouldn’t take this article as a replacement for medical advice, we do encourage you to use this information in conjunction with other coping methods you’re currently using.
In this article, we go over several strategies for supplementing your anxiety and depression treatment.
Get a Routine Going
After having to attend school for more than a dozen years, leaving behind routines can feel liberating. Although it’s okay to break routine every once in a while as a way to relax, routines can have positive mental health effects.
One of the most important aspects of routines is sleep. Going to bed and waking up around the same time every day is essential to maintaining good mental health.
Some people report using kratom [LINK TO #8] as a sleep aid. Although your mileage may vary, most kratom users claim that red strains have the “heavier” effects they desire, in turn helping them get to sleep easier.
While you shouldn’t ever grow to depend on kratom to go to sleep every night, there’s nothing wrong with using it on occasion to catch some shut-eye.
Stay Connected With Others
As you’ve heard before, humans are social creatures. Even if you consider yourself an introvert, social connection is essential for overall well-being.
If you work a job that requires in-person labor, you’ve got a great opportunity to stay connected with others. Start talking to your coworkers more. Even if you don’t plan on hanging out with them outside of work, chatting with coworkers could have more profound mental health effects than you realize.
Get involved with support groups for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Most areas have several support groups. Urban areas are filled with dozens of them, if not hundreds! Keep in mind that you don’t have to choose support groups that are mental health-related. Feel free to get involved with any that pique your interests.
Get Outside on a Regular Basis
It’s easy for us to write off going outside in favor of television shows, social media, or other online activities. This is especially true when it’s cold or rainy outside.
Make it a habit to spend time outside on a regular basis. You can use kratom as extra motivation to get outdoors.
Last, but Not Least, Kratom!
Currently, there’s very little research available on kratom. Although research interest appears to have risen in recent years, there’s still not much evidence in favor of or against using kratom as an aid for depression and anxiety.
On its own, many kratom users report that kratom melts through anxiety and depression. Up to two-thirds of them claim to use kratom for managing mental health problems. Admittedly, the Southeast Asian botanical supplement only has short-term effects on the symptoms of these common mental health conditions.
You can also use Mitragyna speciosa as an exercise aid. Clinical research widely shows that exercise can drastically improve symptoms of mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder. If you’re struggling to get motivated in exercise, kratom can act as your source of motivation.
Of course, you should always try to find types of exercise that you actually like to do. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that exercise should never be fun or enjoyable. This simply isn’t true. When combined, finding new ways to exercise and using kratom before exercise can help you stick with your exercise routine over the long run.