What You Need To Know About Depression
Are you tired of dealing with thoughts and emotions that make you feel restless, irritable, withdrawn, worthless, hopeless, discouraged, and guilty? Have you tried to get help for your inability to sleep, getting too much sleep, or feeling constantly depleted of energy? More importantly, do you wonder why you struggle with these issues? If you suffer from several of the aforementioned effects, you may be dealing with mild, moderate, or even clinical depression.
What Is Depression?
Generally speaking, depression is a mental illness that manifests as sadness, hopelessness, and other destructive emotions and feelings that won’t go away. Because depression can change the chemical makeup in your brain, it may cause you to lose interest in things that used to make your life feel meaningful and enjoyable. Everyone feels depressed at one time or another, but there is a difference between feeling depressed (or sad) and actually having depression. If you have been diagnosed with depression or suspect you have depression as a condition, it’s important to see a professional licensed to treat it.
Why Does Depression Happen?
Referring to depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain doesn’t come close to explaining just how complex the disease can be. In fact, research suggests that too little or too much of a specific chemical in the brain isn’t what spurs depression, but that things like defective mood regulation by the brain, genetics, traumatic life events, and even medications and medical problems, can also trigger the onset of depression. However, when understanding why depression happens, or why you are depressed, it’s helpful to first understand why and how chemicals in the brain are affected.
First and foremost, the chemicals involved in depression work both inside and outside of your brain’s nerve cells. Billions of chemical reactions occur in your brain every moment, which play a valuable role in your mood, how you perceive the world around you, and how you experience life. Furthermore, researchers have discovered genes that make some people more vulnerable to depression. So, with complex biology like this, it’s easy to see how complicated depression can be and how difficult it can be to find a single, all-encompassing solution that will treat all different forms.
How To Naturally Treat Depression
Traditional Western medicine is quick to treat depression with medications that come with dozens of harmful side effects. While some of the side effects are minimal and temporary, like headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, nausea, skin rashes, and diarrhea, others can be a bit more severe and have a lasting effect like sleep disturbance, drowsiness, migraines, weight gain, and thoughts of suicide. That said, there are times when prescribed medications are helpful and necessary for some people.
There are also natural remedies which are designed to address the root source of depression. Some of these sources may include energies that can become ingrained within you and affect the way you think. Because depression makes you feel bad most of the time, it might be helpful to release the low, uncomfortable energies that could be in play. This can be done in several different ways, five of which are outlined below.
- Stick to a routine: Because depression has a way of destroying the structure of a normal life, it’s critical that you develop and stick to a normal routine is critical when it comes to loosening the grip of depression. This routine should include things like regular exercise, normal sleep, a steady work schedule, etc.
- Watch what you eat: Though there isn’t a specific diet that’s designed to do away with depression, eating healthy and being mindful of what and how much you eat can play an important role in helping you cope with depression. Consider incorporating things like salmon and tuna, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and spinach and avocados that are high in folic acids.
- Do fun activities: The negative energies produced by depression can drain the energy out of you, making it nearly impossible to get out and do things that you once enjoyed. That’s why it’s even more important to make time for fun things – things you enjoy doing. Even if you don’t seem to have fun with anything anymore, recognize that as a symptom of depression, and try even harder to have a good time.
- Reach for goals: By setting goals and making strides to reach them, you can start feeling like you’re able to accomplish things again. If setting big goals seems a bit too much for you, start by setting daily goals like 20 minutes of exercise, reading a new book, making a special dish, etc.
- The Emotion Code™: The Emotion Code™ can help you release those low, negative emotions. The Emotion Code™ teaches you how to use muscle testing to investigate potential underlying causes of sadness, anxiousness, and stress. It could also be used to answer important questions about your physical, mental, and emotional well-being the may affect your quality of life.
By understanding what depression is, how and why it can affect you, and safe, natural ways you can treat it along with professional help, it’s still possible to lead a happy and fulfilling life.