Depression: Finding Threads of Light In the Day

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Last week’s post on happiness was a look at the behaviours and self talk that can interfere with creating positivity and contentment.   However, when considering a health concern like Depression, the solution is often not so defined.  Those who struggle with Depression face a daily mix of emotions, which can be overwhelming and stifling.

Depression significantly affects many people’s quality of life for great lengths of time.  There are avenues for the treatment of depression.  In addition to the pharmaceutical treatments offered by conventional medicine, or therapy offered by emotional support counsellors, Naturopathic Medicine also has options to help address mood in a drug-free way.  However, for many people, improving the way they feel is often a work in progress over time.

***Warning: the linked post below contains explicit language and the views and opinions expressed are those solely of the author. ***

Working on a day-to-day basis to feel well in the midst of Depression and chronic illness was captured in a very raw and real way for one blogger, known as The DIY Couturier.  This post was passed along to me by a special someone.  It resonated with me and inspired me to create an adaptation with a Naturopathic-focus.

This blogger posted her experience to help uncover what she, and many people, struggle with on a daily basis.  The post really struck me, since so many people battle silently with feelings of anger, grief, isolation, loneliness, hopelessness and helplessness.  Her post sheds light on her own struggle, which others can relate to, while also offering up genuine tips to help others chip away at the confines of Depression.

After over a decade of helping people find health solutions for Depression, I’ve seen that there is power in the small things done everyday.

10 Ways To Combat Depression adapted from The DIY Couturier.

1) Know you are not alone in how you are feeling.

2) Build a team of care and support with professionals who are positive and offer solutions and strategies that resonate with you.

3) Nutrition Nurtures.  The brain needs the components of a balanced diet to create neurotransmitters, the chemicals of brain chemistry and mood regulation.

4) Do something creative everyday, or as often as you can.  Write, paint, draw, colour, listen to music, take music lessons.  These types of activity are outlets for stress and the emotions within.  They can help make us feel more relaxed and creative activities can lead to a significant feeling of enjoyment.

5) Better out than in.  Cry when you need to.  Bottling up emotional responses can lead to more stress and pressure.

6) A good night’s sleep can help improve stress coping abilities during the day.

7) Practice deep breathing, relaxation techniques and/or Meditation.  (See my post Friday… Deepak Chopra & Meditation)

8) Get blood work done annually, or if you’ve had a sudden change in your mood.  Discuss with your doctor checking Vitamin B12 levels, Thyroid hormones, Iron (Ferritin levels) and Vitamin D levels.

9) Exercise!  Regular exercise can help stimulate the brain and nervous system, improve energy and raise endorphins (happy hormones).

10) Look Out The Window.  I loved this point (#10) from the DIY Couturier’s post.  Do this at work and at home if you can.  She writes: “Watch.  Observe.  Try to find something pretty or interesting to focus on.”  This can help to build awareness for the life around us and inspire.  Moreover, getting regular light exposure is very important to improve mood and a sense of wellbeing.

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