I write this blog today as much for a reminder to myself as for sharing with the world.
So your feeling depressed, can’t snap out of it, here are some tips that can transform the heavy energy into a lighter one.
It’s not possible to share the state of genuine laughter and depression at the same time, so if your feeling that heaviness of depression, i encourage you to find a way to initiate laughter, in India there is even Laughter Yoga which greatly alleviates the pressures and strains of worry.
Perhaps tickling is your trigger, a comedy show or even just start deep down in your belly and fake it to initiate the process.
The best things about laughter is it’s free and can be shared with others.
Researchers have found that regular exercise, and the increase in physical fitness that results, alters serotonin levels in the brain and leads to improved mood and feelings of wellbeing. Study after study has shown that exercise promotes mental health and reduces symptoms of depression.
And why confine yourself to exercising in a small cramped space with 4 walls, get outside and breathe fresh oxygen, exercising near water and amongst trees has an even more uplifting effect.
If your having trouble motivating yourself to get started then perhaps finding a local group that practice in the park in the warmer months, for example tai chi or yoga.
Find a training partner to motivate you and make in a regular routine.
We all need touch, even if we don’t admit it to ourselves and others. A hug at just the right time can make the world of difference.
One of the best-known benefits of massage therapy is its ability to enhance feelings of well-being. Massage produces chemical changes in the brain that result in a feeling of relaxation and calm. It also reduces levels of stress hormones. Massage therapy lowers levels of stress hormone cortisol by an average of 30 percent. Massage also increases serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
And let’s not forget the unconditional love that we can receive and give with animals.
Being outside in nature amongst bird songs, insects, flowers in bloom and the trees breathing has an profound healing effect on us.
The more time we spend in nature the more peaceful we become and the more peaceful we become, the vibrations we give out allow the animals to feel more comfortable to spend time in close proximity often leading to wonderful heart opening encounters.
Sunlight has a profound effect on our emotional state.
Summer time is the perfect chance to stock up on the abundant supply of free sunshine.
Many people experience a sort of “rebirth” and mood boost during as cloud cover decreases and the days grow longer, in stark contrast to the winter blues.
With increased exposure to the sun, the vitamin D (or “sunshine vitamin”) levels in our body go up as well. It is the only vitamin synthesized by the human body, following skin exposure to UVB rays from the sun.
It is no wonder then that in recent years, some have speculated whether or not there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression, especially in the winter season.
Conscious breathing exercises like Pranayama and Rebirthing can have a deep effect on our emotional state.
The word pranayama comes from Sanskrit—prana means life force or breath and yama, restraint (although some see the second word as ayama, which means extension). Yogis consider depression a prana disorder; the shallow breath, the slumped shoulders my father evinced so sadly, all demonstrate a paucity of prana. Yogis have long believed that conscious breathing (pranayama) can have a dramatic effect on depression, anxiety, and even insomnia. What these breathing exercises do, is stimulate the vagus nerve—the command post of the parasympathetic nervous system—allowing blood pressure to normalize, heart rate to slow, muscles to relax, and the digestive system to pick up where it left off.
Rebirthing sessions with Paolo da Floresta
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Are you getting enough quality rest, if you wake up feeling tired then probably not.
Start by making some changes to your lifestyle.
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, best would be around 10.00pm.
Take all the distractions out of your bedroom — no computer and no TV.
In fact switch off that computer and wifi at least an hour before bedtime.
Listening to a guided meditation such as yoga nidra before bed can be excellent preparation for the dreamstate.
And in the afternoon’s don’t forget that hammock or throw down a towel under your favourite cherry tree for half an hour of downtime, doing nothing, no thinking, no activity, just quality rest.
Eat a serotonin-enhancing diet. Many anti-depressants like Prozac act by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin by receptors in the brain, thereby increasing serotonin levels. But you can increase your brain’s serotonin levels by eating foods that boost your serotonin levels naturally.
Serotonin-enhancing foods include:
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
Healthy fats like coconut oil
Eating light natural foods and keeping hydrated and make a big difference.
Many people speak highly of the plant based diet lifestyle, for sure there is beauty and high frequency foods in God’s garden. Get quiet inside and be intuitively guided by colour, magnetic pull, fragrancies and flavours.
We are all on a unique journey and each has their own path.
Perhaps I saved for last the most important link in lifting the depression.
What are you grateful for? perhaps you can regularly make a list to remind yourself, it’s a great meditation to wake up or go to sleep on to spend 5 minutes reflecting on this.
Or to remind yourself when things get tough, pull out your piece of paper and read to yourself.
Gratitude has so many benefits.
So why wouldn’t we be grateful.
Feeling grateful can sometimes feel like one of the most difficult things when we are going through massive challenges.
But for sure it could be one of the things that could lead to transforming the feeling.
Thanks for reading, if you like please share far and wide. I shall definitely be coming back to this post to remind myself when necessary.