Do you feel blue this time of year? Christmas time and through the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere tends to be when we have the least amount of good sunlight, we eat lots of sugar, drink alcohol, eat processed foods, stress over numerous things. All of these things gives us a recipe for depression. You may be asking is there a solution? Yes! Not only is there a solution but also a natural one as well, and the good news it works! Here is what you need to do.
First let’s consider what are some of the causes of depression. I listed above some of the factors that can contribute to depression but do not necessarily lead to depression they simply tip the bucket over so to speak. Some of the causes of depression can involve family heritage issues such as ancestors with darker pigmented skin need more sunlight therefore a lack of it can trigger depression because of a lack of vitamin D. Other family heritage issues can include dispositions to weaker functioning liver, nervous system, digestive system, and possibly kidneys.
Other issues can include past trauma, lack of emotional and physical support growing up where there may have not been parents that were emotionally supportive or present for you, this can even go back as far as infancy or even in utero!
Depression is defined by WordNet as sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy. Very simplistic but it gets the point across. I would simply put it, pervasive and persistent ongoing sad feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness, along with gloom and inadequacy.
Depression in simplest terms is when anxiety, fears, phobias have been piling up and not resolved, where a person has repressed their emotions, and for a prolonged period of time they have not been able to move forward then hopelessness can take hold, which then forms depression. There are numerous forms of depression but all in all this would in a general way sum it up.
Symptoms of Depression – Quiz
Using a scale from 0-5 (zero not at all to 5 the most intense) rate how you fair
- My future looks hopeless
- It’s difficult for me to focus on things.
- Pleasure and joy have gone out of my life.
- Things that used to be important to me I have lost interest in.
- I feel blue, sad, or unhappy.
- I feel like a failure or worthless.
- I feel like I’m more dead than alive.
- I think a lot about death and dying.
- I do things slowly.
- I have difficulty in making decisions.
- I’m agitated and have to keep moving around.
- I feel like have no energy, I feel fatigued.
- I feel I deserve to be punished.
- I’m getting too much or not enough restful sleep.
- I feel trapped.
- Without trying to diet I lose weight.
- Even when good things happen to me I feel depressed.
If 8 or more of the questions you answered were a 3 or higher than more than likely you have some form of depression. Good news there is a cure! Here is a list of things you can do to increase your ability to recover and begin enjoying life again.
Things to do to help alleviate depression:
- See a qualified therapist for fast track recovery, especially one that has training in both psychology and natural remedies.
- Avoid eating sugar, especially processed and artificial sweeteners.
- Eat more living foods such as vegetables and fruits. Be sure half of your plate is living food and the other half protein based food.
- Supplement with a high quality Omega 3 EFA.
- Take high quality vitamin D supplement.
- Daily take a high quality human microflora probiotic for best results.
- Eat naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi, kombucha (a fermented drink), as well as fiber-rich prebiotic foods like jicama (Mexican yam).
- Sleep in a room where there is white-noise, total black out in the room, turn off all electronic devices including wifi.
- Use a qualified LED light source that is therapeutically to reduce depression in winter months known as the SAD Effect, for about 20 minutes a day during winter months.
- Get fresh air for at least 20 minutes daily.
- Move your body for at least 30 minutes a day (better known as exercise).
- Involved yourself with family and friends that give good healthy positive support at least once daily for a few minutes.
- Meditate and pray daily on things that offer hope, such as scripture.
- Use personal type therapies such as EFT, here is a link for a demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrY-HI0Nt_
- Laugh daily even if it’s fake!
In conclusion depression has always existed but in modern times it has escalated due to our industrial and technological comforts and the time we use to strive for them. A total person, natural approach will give lasting results versus just possible temporary relief. Reach out for help that is your first step to getting better. I understand that when you are depressed you don’t feel like reaching out but the question is do you want to feel better? Do you want to have a life and one abundantly? If not, then consider those you love and do it for them!
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