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Beat Depression with these Yoga poses

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Depression is a reality for many people, yet many still brush off the severity of this mental health issue. Once caught in the chains of depression, one cannot simply ‘get over it’. Personally I don’t think anyone can describe exactly how depression feels, what it does to your heart, you soul and your mind, not to  mention your physical body.

For me it has always been like a well. A deep, dark well with slippery walls and a tiny light, high, unreachable above. You are trapped down in the dark with no way out and your sorrow drowns out everything else. Other sufferers may have a different idea about depression. Each one of us is, after all, different. One thing, though, when you are ‘down in the well’, you have NO energy or motivation to change your disposition. You want out, of course, but lack the strength.

This is why yoga seems like the holy grail for depression sufferers. The low impact, gentle poses takes little effort. There is no pressure to perform while you exercise your physical body. By focusing on your breathing, yoga turns your attention to something else than your depression and through meditation you may find the path that can lead to healing. Another benefit is that it can be done at home. You don’t need to go to yoga class until you feel ready to face the world again.

Richard Rosen shares a sequence of yoga poses that has been specifically developed to ease the symptoms of depression. These nine poses are very easy to master and even those of you who have never been in a yoga class will be able to understand the instructions. You can find the sequence here.

Once you’ve mastered Rosen’s sequence, why not try a new combination of poses. There are plenty to choose from. Those which will help with your depression can be found on yogajournal.com. Click here.

The secret is to start slow, do not push yourself too hard. Try to repeat your sequence at least three times a week. As your confidence grows, you can invite your partner or friend to join you and, eventually, you will feel well enough to go to a class, meet more people and become a whole person once again.

Namaste.

SOURCES:

ROSEN, Richard. 2012.  Dissolve Depression [Web:] Yoga Journalbit.ly/2v1sgH2

YOGA JOURNAL. Yoga for Depression. [Web:] Yoga Journalbit.ly/2vbu4wj

 

 

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Defining #Depression @beyondblue #MentalHealth

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“While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.” [Beyond Blue]

I’m sure that many depression sufferers will agree with  me that, when you are on your lowest, when you are down in the dark, you feel like no-one on earth can understand what you are going through.

You think that feeling bad is your fault, like you had a choice. You feel so alone. The thing is that many thousands of people are suffering just like you. Websites like Beyond Blue brings hope to depressives. It creates a safe environment where people can discover the truth about their disease and find a way out of their own, personal darkness.

Why don’t you pay them a visit today? Click here.

If you wish to discuss your depression with  me, please complete the contact form below and I’ll be in touch.

SOURCE:

BEYOND BLUEWhat is Depression?  [Web:] sta.cr/2Ozux  [Date of Access:] June 21, 2017.

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I’ve seen the phenomena many times; people come to see the counselor/psychologist for whatever reason. Diagnosis is often anxiety or depression, which is quite correct, but what many individuals fail to understand is that the root of many of their problems lie in the choices they have made themselves.

Life is about choices, and granted, sometimes making such choices take some chemical intervention. Less anxiety, better choices….making certain choices can be really hard, but the bottom-line is, they are CHOICES. You can decide to cut off connections with a poisonous friend or to stop drinking alcohol, smoking, negative thinking, whatever your vice maybe. Whether you need the support of a professional and a pill or two, well, that is also entirely up to you. In the end, you see, you have the power to change your life, whether you believe it or not.

The problem is, people rarely take responsibility for their own miserable dispositions. They blame it on colleagues, exes, family members, past traumatic events, illness, and so forth. All these are valid reasons to be depressed, yes, and you may have been completely innocent of causing any of these bad events and/or relationship break-ups, but you are still responsible for your own decision to cling to it. I understand that letting go is never easy, therefore you have the option to get help; someone you can talk to who can guide you through your healing process.

Why not decide today to take back control of your life, reclaim your power and move forward, leaving those old hurts behind. Trust me, you CAN, yes, you cannot change the past, it is done, but you can decide today to change your future.

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Come on friends, life can be such a beautiful adventure, a wonderful and precious gift, don’t let old grudges, pains and sorrows it away from you. And if you need help? Don’t ever be embarrassed to reach out; talk to somebody.

This then is my challenge to all: don’t let the past steal your joy, close the door on it and start living YOUR life with gratitude, peace and happiness.

IMAGE SOURCE:

COLEMAN, Chrystal.  2012.  Persephone Magazine: Positivity Challenge Week 7: Staying Positive at Your Non-Ideal Job.  [Web:] http://bit.ly/2iXoEQZ  [Date of Access:] January 10, 2017.

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MIND INNOVATION.  2014.  Excuses and Negativity – Inspirational Video. [Web:] https:

3 Major Causes Of Depression — How To Heal Them Without Meds

Via @MindBodyGreen

[Excerpt only, read full article here.]

In this article dr Paul tells us about the book “The Emperors New Drugs” by dr Irving Kirsch. According to research explored in this book, it would seem that a lot of the things we believe, and have been told, about depression is wrong. The idea that brain imbalance causes depression, something that can easily be corrected by drugs, was actually an invention by pharmaceutical companies. Drugs, it would appear, only have a placebo effect on depression and the relapse rate for depressives on medication is higher than for those sufferers who seek psychological help.

Having worked with depression in patients for years, dr Paul identifies three particular causes for depression OTHER than brain imbalance:

  • Painful life situations like the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, financial problems, etc.
  • Physical causes from the gut – research has proven a link between imbalances in gut flora and depression.
  • Self-abandonment – implying that you feel a certain loss of control over your life. Issues like judging or shaming yourself constantly, addictions as means to avoid responsibility, ignoring your feelings, refraining from self-care (exercise, good nutrition), procrastination, etc.

[For more details on these causes, read full article here.]

Dr Paul suggests that the only successful treatment for depression is psychotherapy and/or trauma therapy. In doing so the sufferers will be helped by professionals who can teach them how to use certain healing techniques or tools, like self-actualization, acceptance, stress management and many more. [Read about the techniques, suggested by Dr Paul, on how people can heal their depression. Click here.]

MBG – Editor’s note: This piece was written by Dr. Margaret Paul, a therapist with more than 40 years of experience. It’s not a diagnostic tool but is hopefully a resource.

[Read full article by Dr Margaret Paul on MindBodyGreen. Click here.]

Source:

3 Major Causes Of Depression — And How To Heal Them Without Meds – mindbodygreen.com

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Teenage Stress: What’s normal and when to get help

Teen stress: What’s normal and when to get help | Fox News.

@elizabethrenter @foxnews 

Teen stress: what's normal and when to get help

[Read Elizabeth Renter’s article on Fox News. Click here.]

The subject of childhood stress and depression seems to surround me this week. Everywhere I turn on the web and in the newspapers, someone somewhere mentions it in one way or another. It is obvious that we are all very concerned for our children.

With the memory of the 14-year old who committed suicide earlier this week still fresh in our minds, I would like to continue my discussion on depression, stress and its symptoms. In my opinion one cannot be over-informed on this subject. Our children are precious and they have the right to grow up healthy and successful, without the added emotional baggage that goes with depression, stress and anxiety. It is important that we teach our children how to deal with their issues early on. As parents it is our responsibility to give them the necessary tools to deal with stressors so that they can become adept at using their skills to combat any emotional strain in future. One cannot avoid stress in our day and age, but one can learn to deal with it in a healthy, non-destructive way.

We, as parents are not only here to feed and clothe our kids, or give them a home and pay for schooling, we need to prepare them to become adults in an unforgiving world and, in the process, we may learn valuable lessons of our own.

Elizabeth Renter recently published an article in Fox News about teenage stress. The article gives insight into normal levels of teen stress and provides a list of tell-tale signs and symptoms that could indicate that the teen is overwhelmed. While teenagers, in general, have a certain amount of stress in their lives, and while some stress can even be beneficial, parents need to be prepared to confront issues if their child presents with these symptoms that show he or she is under abnormal amounts of stress. DO NOT HESITATE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM.

[Click here to read the full article.]

The American psychological Association conducted a survey in 2013 and found that teens report unhealthy stress levels that exceed those of adults. 31% of teens reported feeling overwhelmed by stress and 30% said stressors were the cause of their sadness and/or depression. [Source: FoxNews].

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS WATCH OUT FOR?

[Source: FoxNews via dr Jamie Howard]

*         Changes in eating and sleeping habits

*         Overwhelming worries about things that are beyond their control (like global events, being ‘’perfect’’, etc)

*         Fear of humiliation when doing everyday tasks (eating in front of others or saying the wrong things)

*         Recurring and intrusive thoughts they cannot seem to control (fear of germs, paranoia, e.g. someone is out to ‘get’ them)

*         Refusal to be away from parents or refusing to go to school

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR TEEN?

[Source: FoxNews via the American Psychological Association]

*         Listen to what they say – do not interrupt them

*        Provide thoughtful responses

*        Do not over-react; keep calm 

Renter closes the article with the following statement: “By talking to your child, keeping a close eye on her behaviors, modeling positive stress management techniques and not being afraid to reach out for help, you’re most likely to set your teen up for success.” [Source: Fox News]

This article contains added links and has more valuable information about teen stress and depression, please do yourself and your child a favor, click here, and read it in full.