Are you getting ready to start your TMS treatment program? Taking action to treat your depression is something to celebrate. We want you to get the most out of your TMS therapy sessions, so we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get the most out of your treatment.
1. Do Not Stop Taking Your Medications During Treatment
A TMS treatment program can act as a supplement to prescription medications that you are already taking. This means that there may be no reason for you to stop taking your medications, as the treatment will not conflict with them. By continuing your regular prescription routine, you will have a better idea of how well TMS is working. Not everyone’s treatment plan is the same, so be sure to consult your doctor as to whether you should make any changes to your medications during or after treatment.
2. Limit Alcohol Consumption on Weekends
Alcohol is a depressant, so if you are going through TMS therapy, it may be counteractive to drink on the weekends. A glass of wine or a beer every so often won’t hurt, but excessive drinking should be avoided.
3. Ensure You Have Good Vitamin Levels
Healthy vitamin levels are essential for brain health and development. The majority of vitamins we receive come from nutritious foods. However, if you have food allergies or sensitivities or are just simply not getting enough of a specific nutrient, you can supplement with vitamins. Some vitamins and nutrients that are important for depression include iron, zinc, omega 3’s, vitamin B, and vitamin D.
4. Journal Your Journey
Keeping a journal during your TMS treatment program will help you track your progress. Record how you feel daily, as well as before and after treatments. You can then look back on your treatment and see any changes and improvements. If you want to, this is something you can even review with your doctor when planning the next steps of your treatment.
5. Eat Healthy Meals
Maintaining a healthy, well-rounded diet can provide you with the nutrients you need to keep your brain energy up during TMS therapy. Increased brain energy can positively affect your concentration and endurance levels throughout your sessions. It can also help with your vitamin levels as we previously mentioned.
6. Try to Stay Active
Staying active helps your brain health and keeps your mind active. Exercise produces critical feel-good endorphins which can help with depression. With TMS therapy, you can remain active and even go to the gym or complete a workout right after treatment.
7. Have a Support System
Having a support system can be very beneficial to your mental health. Your support system can consist of anyone you trust like family or friends. There are even support groups online that you can join. Having a support system gives you people to talk to when you’re feeling down or when you want to celebrate achievements. While they may not know exactly what you are going through, they can be a friendly shoulder to lean on – literally or metaphorically.
TMS Therapy with Harmony Bay Wellness
These 7 tips and tricks will help enhance your TMS treatment experience. At Harmony Bay Wellness, it’s our goal to make you as comfortable as possible. Learn more about TMS and give us a call today at 855.765.6399.