Depression has become a modern disease that affects more than 350 million people of all ages across the globe, according to the World Health Organization.
People are challenged mentally, physically and emotionally by an overwhelming amount of lifestyle “stuff to do” that leaves people feeling like they are not managing life well. The stress from social expectations, unrealistic time restrictions, working long hours, and enduring difficult tasks that test coping skills can impact on health in many ways.
Depression is a silent illness that carries a social stigma of incompetence and mental illness. Rather than admitting to feeling depressed, sufferers internalise their reactions because they are afraid that they will be seen as a failure. A sense of isolation can set in and this complicates the condition as it triggers mental, emotional and physiological responses.
Many people are, of course, curious about natural remedies for depression. They want to know what they can do to ease their own discomfort or assist someone they know with depression.
Most of the following suggestions are common sense and reasonably easy to implement. They can cumulatively make a big difference to the recovery process. Simple steps that counterbalance negative emotions with joy can be repeated frequently and provide a focus for improvement.
Here are 12 important “back to basics” ingredients for recovery from depression:
1. Plenty of fresh air to clear out the lungs.
The ancient Chinese knew that we energetically store grief in our lungs. If we have experienced great loss we may still have unexpressed emotions sitting on our chest. If we take long even breaths we can relax and focus on releasing our stress so that more oxygen can energise the blood.
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2. Sunshine to maintain Vitamin D levels.
Our bodies need enough Vitamin D to build strong bones, prevent cardiovascular disease, and keep the cognitive skills alert. It is possible to supplement this vitamin; however, there is no substitute for sunshine if you can get outside. Use your lunchtime to connect with nature and recharge your energy if you can.
3. Exercise to move the circulatory systems and keep the body’s joints and muscles supple and in shape.
Moving the body keeps us fit as well as releases energy, physically and emotionally. Movement keeps the body flexible and gives our thoughts less opportunity to stagnate. Going for a morning or afternoon walk is an excellent opportunity to have some time to clear the mind or think quietly about a personal creative pursuit, as well as burning calories and processing waste.
4. A fresh healthy diet to nourish cell reproduction.
Healthy food includes a balanced variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, grains and nuts to provide all of the recommended vitamins and minerals that we need for wellness. The food that we provide our body and mind can be so nourishing that we can feel its energising benefit or so empty in goodness that we notice our mood fall after an initial sugar spike. Getting your gut’s microbiome balanced through eating clean healthy foods, clears your brain of the fog generated by unhealthy flora.
5. Drink plenty of fresh Water.
Water hydrates the cells of the body and flushes out toxins. It aids our digestive processes, helping us to eliminate any backed up emotions. With clean internal plumbing we can be mentally focused on the task at hand without our mind wandering to any discomfort, whether physical or emotional.
6. Plenty of Rest to heal the body mind.
When we sleep our body heals. If you are depressed, rest is the way that the body mind prevents the addition of any more burdens. It is your subconscious calling time out so you can process your challenges. Dreams are obviously helpful to process issues through the imagery of the mind, providing they are not nightmares that cause more negative emotions.
7. Talk to your Family and Friends.
Having a loving support network within a safe community can make a huge difference to a person dealing with depression. If the person feels accepted they are more likely to recover quicker. Sharing their story can normalise life and ease the burden. If someone is, however, too ashamed to admit that they are feeling depressed, they may suffer further isolation. It is important that as social beings, that we all have someone to talk to where we won’t feel judged.
8. Professional Help to process the situation.
BodyTalk is a great natural therapy for addressing the many facets of depression and specifically target particular issues for each individual. It is important to treat all the different levels of health. BodyTalk’s gentle approach stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal and release imbalances.
Under the Element of Fire, the ancient Chinese saw Joy and Sorrow as the same emotion, just different ends of the spectrum. It can be helpful to realise that there is another side to the situation that you haven’t seen before.
9. Find your Creative Expression.
If your life and the things that you do don’t line up with your personal values, then you will most likely be unhappy. If you spend your life feeling frustrated because you are taking care of everyone else’s needs at the expense of your own, your soul will suffer. It is important to identify our personal passions and creativeness so that our natural talents can be expressed, and not harbored as resentments that turn to depression.
10. Be Grateful.
Gratitude keeps you grounded in the moment and helps you to notice any positive glimmers of anticipation. Hope can be a strong empowering message to your mind to find value even when things challenge us severely, that there is something to be learned through every situation in this life.
11. Share your Story to inspire others.
Relating your story to others is a great way to connect and feel useful. With such high numbers of people experiencing depression, it is quite likely that you will inadvertently find yourself at some time talking to someone else who may benefit from your insights. Volunteering your time to help others in need can activate the feel good hormone dopamine simply by knowing that you have done something helpful for someone in need.
12. Tap out your Cortices.
This BodyTalk technique relaxes the brain and helps you to feel grounded. It balances the interactions from the brain to the lower body and releases stress in the process. It only takes a couple of minutes to tap out your Cortices and is an effective way to clear away emotional baggage. Set your day up for clarity by tapping out your Cortices first thing in the morning and then relax for bed by repeating the technique last thing at night.
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