Am I Depressed And How To Cure Depression

At the moment I fully understand that you're not be feeling very good at the moment and you're stuck and trapped in a dark and lonely place, you also might find it hard to even read this article.

You may have already tried to think positive, but perhaps you feel as if you have nothing positive to think about or nothing to look forwards too?

And although it is important to have a positive mental attitude, sometimes it takes a bit more than positive thinking, to get you out of depression.

If things have gotten, very bad for you or you are having suicidal thoughts. Then, it is advisable to seek immediate professional help and counselling from a fully trained psychotherapist or Doctor.

However, there are also many natural things that you can do to help yourself and get you feel more balanced and relaxed so you will have the energy to beat your depression.

Because, those who are depressed are broken and mentally and physically exhausted on the inside.

To further add to the problem, many depressed people, often go off their food. 

This can cause you to lose weight and cause you to become depleted of the essential vitamins and minerals that your mind and body need to feel energized and happy, leaving you feeling weak. 

Years of depression can deplete you of all your energy and leave you feeling like you're running on empty and when you're running on empty it can be hard to motivate yourself to get over your depression. 

Life can be tough and a struggle when you're feeling depressed, the mere thought of getting out of bed, can be a daunting task and challenge. 

Although you may have your own responsibilities and you may feel like you have some issues that need addressing.

You may also feel like all hope has gone, because that's what depression can do to you, because we tend to think by our emotions and physical state.

What is of utmost importance now is, taking care of yourself and building up your inner strength, resolve and optimism.

Because it is hard to get over depression if you feel void of energy and you need energy and strength to help you get over your depression.

So you can start on your journey to recovery, get your life sorted out and go on to achieve amazing things and have the wonderful life that you fully deserve.

This is going to take time, because recovery is progressive.

But to begin with. It is important to focus on your basic needs like drinking enough water and you need plenty of highly nutritious foods and plenty of rest and relaxation.

Because, again, although a positive mental attitude is essential. Fixing your mental state, also involves, taking good care of your body.

Most people are never taught how to manage their thoughts, feelings, moods and energy. 

Often people rely on things like alcohol, caffeine, smoking and other things to try and cope with their, mind, feelings and their state.

Also, many people allow their external circumstances to dictate how they feel and although our circumstances can bring us down. 

Very often there are other underlying root causes behind people's depression.

Real happiness is all about giving your body its basic requirements, fulfilling your emotional needs without putting any external conditions on your happiness.

Depression is not just a mental issue. Our minds do not operate separately from our bodies. They are all part of one complex system.

Most people, don't associate their thoughts and feelings. With poor lifestyle choices. 

Like nutrition deficiency, inactivity, stress, anxiety, physical and mental exhaustion, poor diet, food sensitivity, inflammation, tension and their physiology.

You also need to start to love yourself more and more each day, with the knowing that you are good enough, worthy enough and equal.

By addressing these root causes, your energy levels will increase, you will begin to feel better and you can start to build your strength, so you can move forwards and upwards.

Because when your body is energized, fully rested and strong, you will be able to begin your journey to a better you and a better life.

If at the moment, you have lost your appetite. Then you may benefit from having a nutrient dense smoothie or take a vitamin and nutrient supplement.

Am I depressed and taking good care of yourself

If you're reading this article then you are probably asking yourself. Am I depressed and how can I cure my depression.

Although we often associate depression as a mental health issue. If you're feeling very low then this could suggest that there may be some other underlying physical causes to the way that you're feeling.

Because, depression is a term that can cover a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, imbalances and disruption in the body. 

Getting over depression, requires pinpointing the root causes of it. 

And then implemented small and gradual changes, positive habits and rituals into your daily life or removing all the bad stuff and replacing it with the good. 

If you can learn to love and appreciate yourself a bit more each day and you can make a little improvement each day, then over a period of months you're going to feel much better.

Just progress at a rate that suits you and gradually add a bit more positive changes and rituals each day so you get the momentum going and then you build on that momentum.

Our body and emotions are a good indicator, to what is going on and it is important that you take good care of yourself and give your body its basic needs.

Because it is a good policy to listen to our bodies. Nutrition is important. Other necessities are, exercise, good quality restful sleep and learning how to relax deeply.

Exercise helps to strengthen your body and tone your muscles, it also helps to promote those feel good endorphins and oxygenate your blood.

Exercising to some upbeat music or working out with your friends can also help to pick you up. Any kind of aerobic type exercising is good for you.

Yoga is also another good way to ground you in the present, restore a sense of balance, improve muscle strength, increases flexibility and improve respiration, vitality and energy.

Getting enough good quality sleep is also vital to leave you feeling restored, energized and empowered.

Depressed people often either sleep to much or they suffer with insomnia.

If you suffer with insomnia. Things like meditation or sleep better self hypnosis are great ways to help you unwind and get back into your natural sleep inducing patterns.

If you go to sleep in a relaxed state of mind and body, you will have a restful night's sleep and you wake up feeling more relaxed and energized, helping you to overcome your depression and rise again.

If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep. It is important that you do not try and force yourself to get to sleep as sleep should be a natural process that requires no effort.

Exercising a few hours before your bedtime can also help you to drop to sleep better, you can also have a nice relaxing bath just before your bedtime.

Many people struggle to fall to sleep because of their negative or racing mind. Again, meditating or listening to some deeply relaxing music as you lay in bed can help calm your worried mind.

As you relax in bed, try some mindfulness. Relax your body, take some slow deep breaths, if you like, you can do some gradual muscle relaxation techniques.

Then practice watching your mind and feelings with a calm detachment, do not attempt to try and stop or control your thoughts and feelings as you cannot stop your thoughts or feelings.

Instead, just leave your mind alone, whilst relaxing and observing, and just let those thoughts enter your mind and pass straight on bye unchallenged.

You have not got to try and forget about your negative thoughts or try and stop them or suppress them, just ignore them and replace them with a more positive or balancing self statement.

Having a walk in nature, where you just ground yourself in the present, leave your troubles behind you and just observe nature, will keep you active and it can be very therapeutic. 

Smiling more or smiling for a least two minutes at a time, can help to boost your mood.

Once you feel more rested and energized. Maybe consider setting yourself a goal or starting a new hobby, to give you more purpose, something to focus your energy on and give your life more meaning.

"For each day you feel sad, a day of happiness lost".

Appreciate yourself and life

When people are depressed or they are feeling stressed or negative. 

They spend so much of their time focusing on the worse case scenario they they forget to focus on inner peace, the beauty of nature that surrounds them and all the good that is and what can be.

And in this negative focus, they miss out on all the beauty, good and happiness, that can be found within our own surroundings.

Sometimes we try to hard to compete, impress and keep up with our friends, work colleagues and neighbors.

Or we put all our attention and desires into having the best cars, most expensive holidays, more money, better circumstances, better living and the best of everything. 

To such an extent that we stress ourselves out and sacrifice our own well-being and health for by working longer and longer hours to obtain all those material possessions. 

That we neglect ourselves and our basic human needs.

On top of all this we are bombarded with pictures of super and glamor models and successful people, which can leave us feeling insecure and feeling not good enough.

Life can make you feel that you not good enough, you need to improve or you feel as if you have to compete with everybody else or it can make you wish that you were more like them.

But you have not got to feel inadequate and not good enough. 

All you have to do, is do and be your best. And you will be your best, when you totally and unconditionally accept yourself and you give up trying to impress or compete with others.

Accept, who you are, including your height, your personality, your looks and even your weight and begin to appreciate yourself and your life.

At the moment your main focus is your health, your well-being and creating a happy and compelling future.  

Because there is no need to impress or compete, because your destiny and happiness lies in your own hands.

And it is just as easy you know. To focus on the good things and tell yourself some new optimistic and feel better life stories as it is to focus on the bad and predicting the worse life stories.

Creating a wonderful new future

Whatever your situation was that triggered your depression. You have probably had many negative, self destructive or pessimistic thoughts like.
  • Nothing ever works out for me 
  • I am ugly 
  • I am worthless 
  • I am a failure 
  • I will never find a boy/girlfriend 
  • I will never get another job
  • Nobody will ever love me
  • Life is not worth living 
  • What's the point 
  • I am worthless 
  • The best days are behind me
Our mind works by telling us and depicting stories that match our feelings and are based on, how we react to and how we perceive our current situation, which run over and over in our minds.

And when you're stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts your mind will look for evidence to try and back them up.

The more you start to believe in your negative, self destructive and self sabotaging thoughts the more evidence you will find to back them up.

This leads to self defeating behavior and actions which is what traps you into a vicious cycle of feelings of hopelessness which becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. 

If you convince yourself you're doomed for failure, then you will become a victim to your circumstances and your mind.

On the other hand, if you convince yourself life can get better and you can be happy and successful, then you will begin to change your direction that will lead you to better things.

These negative thoughts are not true neither are they a true reflection of who you really are, they are just thoughts.

The negative thoughts and stories of your mind need changing to their positive opposite.

Because things can get better, but before things can get better you have to think differently and feel better.

Sometimes depression can make you want to isolate yourself from the world. 

But, even if you're alone or you shut yourself away. You cannot escape from your constant barrage of negative inner self talk, which will carry on dragging you down and lying to you, until it is changed.

Imagine if you had a young child, what types of things would you say to them to help them build their self esteem and to encourage them to go on to live a happy and successful life.

Would you continually say negative and hurtful things to them that would make them feel bad? 

Would you tell them they are never going to amount to nothing and would you keep on saying bad things that you know is going to lower their self esteem?

You would try and support them, encourage them and say and do things to make them happy.

So, why say these negative types of thing to yourself?

Perhaps people close to you have said bad and hurtful things about you?

But, whatever anybody has said negative about you, are not true and you should never allow anybody to define who you are and what you're capable of achieving.

Negative thoughts and beliefs will lead to failure and stagnation and your self destructive thoughts can even make you sink deeper down. 

They will trick you into believing that you're not good enough, worthy enough, deserving enough or capable enough, causing you to lower your expectations of yourself.

If you do not believe in yourself, then your limiting beliefs will prevent you from taking the actions that are necessary to rebuild your life and achieve wonderful things

Negative thoughts will disempower you tremendously and they will drain all your energy and suck the life out of you. 

Other people's negative remarks and suggestion can temporary bring you down and diminish you, if you buy into them. But, the only person that can really diminish you in the longterm, is yourself.

Every time you think a negative thought you will strengthen the neural pathways and connections which will make those negative feelings stronger. 

Positive self statements about yourself, however will empower you tremendously and it is just as easy to say nice and positive things to yourself.

Live in the now

If you're currently in a bad situation or you're in a desperate state and feel as if you have hit rock bottom with know obvious way out.

And you're looking for a breakthrough, but you're finding it hard to think positive thoughts at the moment.

Or if you have just been through a painful or bad experience and you find yourself constantly reliving your painful past and you keep saying things to yourself like. 

"If only thoughts or I wish I had done things better or differently types of thoughts"

When people feel low or things aren't working out for them. They tend to revisit their their past and dwell over the good times or things, that they once had, but they have now lost.

If this is the case. Then you need to let go of your negative past that has all the negative emotional attachment associated to it and stop depicting a bleak or hopeless future as that just prolongs your suffering.

All your power exists in the now. The past has gone, and it is now just a memory and the future is just a perception of our mind, which has not happened yet.

We only have the now, and your immediate goal should be to bring yourself back to the peace and calm of the now and try and hold yourself there.

Learn to love yourself unconditionally and learn to live your life in the now, because you can only feel bad when you step out of the now. 

Ditch those thoughts of self hatred, and start to like and be nice to yourself.

The now is all you need to take care of and it is all you will ever have, everything else is just a perception of your mind.

One of best ways to bring yourself back to the now is to find things to be grateful for. At the moment, you might think to yourself, what have I got to be grateful for.

But, you can always find something.

Like 
  • The air that you breathe 
  • The food in your fridge 
  • The sun 
  • The water that you drink 
  • Your family and friends 
  • The internet 
  • Your phone or computer your on 
  • All the good that is coming your way
If you look, then there is always something that you can find to be grateful for, no matter how bleak your current situation is.

We create the way we feel from our point of the now, and gratitude, love and appreciation will help to change the way you feel.

So if the now is where all your power lies, why choose thoughts that you know are going to make you feel bad and diminish you?

What is there to gain, by choosing thoughts that are going to make you feel bad and miserable?

You cannot change your past, but you can instantly change your now.

You may find this hard to start with, but you have to deliberately force and train yourself to find things to be grateful for or make yourself think better feeling thoughts.

Like
  • "Things always workout for me"
  • "Things are getting better"
  • "The best is yet to come"
  • "I free myself from destructive fears and doubts" 
  • "I am good enough, i always have been and I always will be"
  • "I love myself and I already have everything I need to be happy" 
  • "I accept my power" 
  • "All is well in my life"
  • "I am in charge of how I feel and today, therefore I choose to feel good"
  • "Today, good things will happen" 
  • "I feel calm and at peace" 
  • "Every day in every way things are getting better and better"
Try not to attach any conditions to your better feeling thoughts. Choose general good well-being thoughts. 

Because the good thing with general good feelings thoughts are, you do not need a reason to think or say them and they will make you feel better without having a reason.

At times of adversity, say this quote repeatedly by Louise Hay

"All is well. Everything is working for my highest good. Out of this situation, only good will come. I am safe".

Start to drop the T out of the word. " I can't" and change it to "I can or I can learn how to".

Your thoughts and the words that you speak are powerful, therefore, why not use them to your positive advantage.

Begin and end your day with gratitude, self love statements and thoughts of joy and optimism and practice bringing yourself back into the now, whenever you notice yourself drifting out of it.

Other ways to stay in the now are by engaging in things that you enjoy doing or take up a new hobby or interest.

Painting, arts and crafts, photography, reading are all good ways of engaging you in the now.

There is always a ray of sunshine beyond the dark clouds

I once had a email from a guy who was clearly at a very low point in his life. 

I have changed is name, so he can remain anonymous, but the article below is an extract from his long email.

A plea for help

"Hello,

my name is Adam, I'm 23 years old and live in a poor 
eastern european country.

I've been depressed for the better part of a year now, and lately I've 
started to feel constant anxiety which is significantly affecting my 
sleep, which also affects my performance at the gym and is giving me 
suicidal thoughts.

I'm writing to you in the hope that you could offer me advice on how to 
improve my current situation.What is eating me from the inside and giving me all this anxiety is the 
fact that I've never had a girlfriend, kissed a girl or even went on a date.

Every day when I go to bed I wish I could cuddle and be intimate with a 
girl.

When I was in 5th grade, I decided to stop going to school and my mom 
just let me sit at home playing world of warcraft all day, I've 
basically been living a NEET lifestyle ever since then, but I actually 
make money because I made a few websites that somehow got popular and I 
still sell ads on them.

It feels like I've missed out on a lot of social development and it 
would be very hard for me to catch up as people my age are already 
getting married and getting children (which I definitely want to do 
eventually).

Whenever I think about trying to talk to a random person in real life I 
experience the feelings of fear and anxiety, so I end up not doing it 
for the most part, which is probably the reason why I don't have any 
real life friends".

Adam also had a very low opinion of himself. He thought he was unattractive and not good or worthy enough, in fact he had very little good to say about himself.

A few weeks later. I got another email from Adam

Hello Steven,

"I'm alright, sorry for not responding to you earlier.

Thanks a lot for the kind words in your response, it actually helped me 
feel a bit better about myself.

I have an Instagram where I posted a few pictures of myself, on the 
advice of someone that doing this would help with my social anxiety.

There's a lot I skipped out on when writing the first e-mail and I want 
to ask you about one of these things. I've almost got my GED now and I 
want to enroll into a university, but I'm not sure how to choose one, 
maybe you could give me some advice on this?

Also, yesterday I managed to actually go on a date with a girl, for the 
first time in my life (I met her on a dating app). We walked to the city 
center and back, while talking about stuff."

Nice to see a happy ending.

"The best feeling in the whole world, is watching things finally fall into place, after watching them fall apart for so long"

LiveLifeHappy.com

It is not your fault

You may have been told things like. Pull yourself together, what have you got to be depressed about, you need to get out more or just be yourself. 

People who are depressed are beaten and broken and they cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel. But, there is light if you start to move away from the dark and towards the light.

Telling someone to snap out of it is a bit like telling your television to work, when it is broken.

This type of advice is not helpful and it usually comes from people who have no idea what you're going through.  

The things is. People don't want to feel depressed, they want to feel better and they are trying to be themselves. 

They need strategies and solutions, not stereotype suggestions. If it was that easy to snap out of, everybody would quickly get over their depression. It just does not work that way.

Just take one small step at a time.

Sometimes if you don't like something about yourself or you think that there is something wrong with you. 

That can destroy yourself esteem and make you feel bad. 

Many people are body conscious, which leads to feelings of insecurity and not being good enough or worthy enough.

Most of us have imperfections or things we would like to change about ourselves. But, there is nothing to gain on focusing on your perceived weaknesses. 

All that will do is bring you down even more. 

Your feelings will match, your self talk, therefore if you won't accept yourself unconditionally for who you are and like yourself, regardless of your imperfections, then you are going to suffer and you cannot move forwards to better times.

Criticising yourself, pulling yourself down, dwelling on your weak points or not accepting yourself, breeds negative energy and helps nothing. 

So it is important to accept yourself and the things that you cannot change and then make it your goal to work on the things you can change and make the most of all the talents and abilities that you do have.

Other people feel ashamed and even weak and vulnerable, others will see there depression as a sign of weakness or they will try and keep it quiet because of the stigma attached to mental health issues.

The truth is. It is OK to admit your struggling and we all feel low and hit bad times at times during our lives. The trick is, to learn why you feel bad and make sure you don't stay down for to long.

Anybody who say that they have never experienced mental and emotional issues, is probably not telling the truth.

The thing to be aware of as far as mental health issues are concerned. They are not a permanent condition. 

They are a temporary state of being that can be changed, if you correct the problem and recharge your batteries.

Depression is linked to exhaustion. This can be both physical and mental exhaustion, so the first step is to give your mind and body some much needed respite and relief.

You are not mental, and there is nothing wrong with you that cannot be changed, as long as your prepared and determined to do something about treating the real root causes of your depression.

So you have nothing the feel ashamed about. Because there is no need for you to feel ashamed or embarrassed about how you feel.

Nobody's perfect, so try not to be perfect and avoid putting to much pressure on yourself, comparing yourself to others or setting your expectations to high.

Remember it is OK to make mistakes, it is OK to be different, it is OK to get things wrong and it is OK to feel down and admit you're struggling.

Another thing is to stop caring too much about what others think or say. 

You cannot please everybody and you have not go to prove anything or conform or fit in to, how you think others perceive you or how you think you should be seen by others. 

As long as you're not hurting or upsetting anyone else, then it is entirely up to you how you want to be and how you live your life, and you have not got to conform to how you are supposed to live your life.

All you can do, is do your best and keep learning and working on feeling better.

People who are depressed, have negative and even suicidal thoughts. But, these thoughts are not you, you think with your emotions.

Change the feelings and change your thoughts, and bit by bit you will experience better feelings and your thought processes will match your new good feeling state.
 
Looking after your body

Try and get as much sunlight as possible (Be careful not to overdo the sunshine without protection or sensible clothing).

Sunlight can help to lift your mood as can be in the outdoors. Many people start to feel sad as autumn begins to fade and winter sets in.

In the winter months, if you can not get enough sunlight. You may benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement.

"All seasons are beautiful, for the person who carries happiness within"

Horace Fries

Vitamin D is often known as the sunshine pill and it is thought to be one of the most important vitamins that is vital to help maintain the healthy functioning of the body. 

Vitamin D is also believed to be essential for good bone health and other benefits.

Vitamin D is also thought to be important vitamin to help boost the immune system, which may explain why people tend to suffer from more colds and flu outbreaks during the winter months.

Various research has also suggested that there might be a link between a vitamin D deficiency and psychological issues such as depression or low moods.

Vitamin D  has been linked to help support the healthy and efficient functioning of the brain, especially as it is thought to help promote the release of the feel good and happy endorphin "serotonin".

Make sure you drink adequates amount of water, dehydration can cause low moods and increase your anxiety levels.

Avoid listening to sad music. Better still, listen to upbeat music, as music can affect our moods. Also avoid watching anything negative or sad on television.

Many good things happen each day all around the world, yet the TV pumps out so much negativity, bad news and fear.

Try not to listen to much to negative news. Watch as much comedy or funny TV or films, as laughter is a great feel good tonic.

Even smiling for a few minutes at a time, can help to boost your mood. Our mood responds to our facial expressions and body.

Keep active and set yourself a goal, that is going to give you and your life a sense of meaning.

Setting aside some me time each day to relax deeply, will help repair and restore your body, especially if you're feeling, worried, stressed and exhausted.

Self hypnosis is a great way to help relax your body and mind and help you change all those negative emotional attachments and negative patterns of thinking.

If you slouch or stiffen, lean back, allow your body to collapse or you bend forwards. Then this can put you in a negative state.

Don't dwell on your negative memories and try to surround yourself with upbeat and positive people, only call to mind positive and happy memories.

Happiness is a state of mind and body, that you can learn to cultivate, step by step.

"Knowledge of what is possible, is the beginning of happiness"

G Santayana

Think of all the great things that can and will be. 

If you're feeling real downbeat. Pray or ask the universe for help, because always remember, you're never alone.

Pray for help and strength to help you come through the storm, because with faith, energy and strength you can beat your depression.

Letting go of sad memories and grief

Traumatic experiences, grief and sad memories can trigger the onset of depression and low moods.

The stress, anger and anxiety and the constant self torture of a traumatic or negative experience can lead to exhaustion, overwhelm, chronic fatigue and eventually depression.

But it is not just traumatic or negative experiences that are responsible for depression. Sometimes what was once a happy and enjoyable experience can turn into a bad or upsetting memory.

If you have lost someone or something that you loved and adored. Like a loved one, a close family member or friend or even family pets, or you have just gone through a upsetting relationship breakup.

Then, that someone or something that once made you so happy or brought you joy, can now cause you great sadness, grief and a deep senses of loss, emotional pain and sorrow.

When there is so much emotional hurt attached to losing someone so close and dear to you. 

Then that hurt and sadness can prevent you from remembering all the good and positive times and memories you had together.

They say time is a great healer. And although as time passes, things do get better. 

The last memories you have of your loved ones, will now be painful ones, because of the sad feelings and negative emotional attachment that has been linked to them.

You can learn how to reduce the painful emotional attachment away from your bad memories, so you can enjoy remembering the good times without the emotional or you can move on if you're going through a relationship breakup.

Some possible causes of depression

According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that around 121 million of people worldwide are affected by depression. 

You might have a great life, but lets say if you have a food intolerance or you are deficient in some of the vital nutrients, then this can leave you feeling depressed without a reason.

If you're feeling depressed then this could mean that it could be that it is a result of an accumulation of several different things and you might have to dig into what's causing it and then address the root cause of your depression.

It can be hard to treat depression with one singular approach because very often depression is an accumulation of many different things such as.

  • Mindset/focus of attention
  • Stress and tension 
  • Fatigue and exhaustion, both mental and physical
  • Diet and a nutrient deficiency  
  • Food sensitivity
  • Inflammation and digestion 
  • Personal and environmental circumstances 
  • Bereavement and relationship loss 
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Health issues 
  • Emotional needs not being met 
  • Feeling unsatisfied with your life 
  • Thinking that you're not good or worthy enough
What this means is, to overcome your depression you may need to address and make many different lifestyle changes.

Many people feel depressed because they are not satisfied with parts of their lives or the current situations that they are stuck in or they are not following their true purpose in life.

If your job or situation is having a negative effect on your emotional well-being, then it may be time to try and get away from your situation or look for a more rewarding career.

If it is not appropriate for you to leave your job or bad situation, then try to accept it and make the most of it until you find something better.

Depression can leave you feeling disconnected, where you have become too engaged with your thoughts and perceptions and you have become too dis-engaged with life itself.

Start off by doing the simple things

Once you have hit rock bottom, you can either stay stuck there, or you can decide to do something about your depression.

Sometimes the way out of depressions is to first focus on the simple things and by making small simple changes. 

Gradually begin to introduce yourself back into doing some of the things that you once used to enjoy.

It is highly unlikely that you're going to make a quantum leap from feeling depressed to feeling happy.

Often it can be more of a case of, making gradual and steady progressive improvements, and to begin with, any improvement is a step in the right direction. 

If you have been depressed for a long time now, then it may prove hard to motivate yourself, so at the start you may have to literally force yourself to make some positive and subtle changes.

Getting outside in nature can make a big difference to you and how you feel, so try to go for regular walks and just observe the calming effects of nature, or just sit or potter about in the garden, because gardening can keep you occupied and lift your mood.

Planting and growing things can give you a sense of achievement, and just by making small changes to your life on a consistent daily basis, can give some meaning back to your life and help you to lift the fog of gloom.

When you decide to do some new things, be mindful as your mind will try and stop you, sometimes you just have to go and do it, to help to motivate you, play some happy music and switch off any sad songs. 

Art and crafts or generally using your creative mind and your creative abilities in a positive way, can help improve brain functioning.

If any negative thoughts creep into your mind just let your negative mind know that they are not going to stop you and just ignore them and proceed, because the more you think about something the more you will talk yourself out of doing it.

Doing relaxing things that you like or enjoy can distract you from your depression and it can allow you to give your mind a chance to settle.

Try to be mindful of all the things and thoughts that start to make you feel bad, do not try to repress your feelings, just acknowledge them, feel them and then focus on something that makes you feel better.

Tell yourself, "Yes, I am feeling sad at the moment, how I want to feel is happy and calm", tell your mind to give you feelings of happiness and joy.

If you notice yourself slipping back into a negative state, immediately start to turn things around or do something that will distract you before the fog of doom and gloom has a chance to descend. 

As your inner strength and energy starts to return, you can turn your hand to planning and doing bigger and better things. 

Setting yourself some goals can give you a sense of purpose, just keep yourself occupied and keep on building on your successes.

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There is always another choice 

In life we have certain expectations, standards and emotional needs. Having a good income/job, happy relationship, hobbies and social life are a few examples of our emotional needs and when we think our emotional needs are not being met it can lead to us feeling down and sad.

People begin to feel down and dis-empowered when they think they are in a situation that they cannot escape from but the reality is, you're only in the mindset of you cannot escape from or change your situation.

If you're depressed, you may feel your life is going nowhere or somehow you are stuck in a boring job or an unfulfilled relationship where you're just going through the motions with no purpose or direction.

Sometimes depression is a time where you need to identify your emotional and personal needs and think about a change of direction. 

People often get depressed when they feel they have lost something or there is something missing or lacking in their life.

You may feel life is passing you by quickly where you have hit a plateau in your life or it could be due to your daily repetitive and mundane routine. 

If you have had a good thing and lost it, then you can slip into a downward spiral, but just because you have hit bad times does not mean you cannot bounce back and do even better.

Sometimes people achieve their dreams and needs, but because they only plan for the short term. When they reach their wants they have no further plans, goals or direction so they keep themselves stuck in the same old groove of life for such a long time that eventually they become stagnant and slump into depression. 

There is always another choice or another way to perceive and respond to a situation, there is always an alternative, better and more positive way to think to every bad situation and a few setbacks does not mean it's the end of your world. 

The trouble often starts when we allow things on the outside world to influence our internal representation of our inner reality and what we think is possible or not.

Sometimes things we don't like and bad things happen, what you have to be careful is how you choose to respond and act in your outside situations and circumstances.

You may need to introduce a bit of meaning and purpose in your life to keep your focus to worthwhile causes and things that will occupy your mind.

But although you need to pursue your passion and find your purpose to give your life more meaning, you need to enjoy what you're doing instead of doing it for the money or because you think you should do it.

We all set goals and we all have a certain level of success, targets or achievement that we work towards and is a good thing. 

But sometimes when we want something so bad we try to hard and lose sight of the enjoyment and when it does not happen straight away or if we have a slight setback, it can have an adverse effect on us and leave you feeling even worse than before you started your goal.

Is depression caused though a chemical imbalance or negative thinking 

How you feel is determined by your life experiences and your circumstances or more importantly, how you have reacted or how you are perceiving your life and your future.

Once you start to feel depressed the stories of your mind and how you depict your current situation and your future will match the emotional theme and physical state you're currently experiencing, in other words your thoughts match your emotional state.

The more you remain stuck in a depressed state the more the negative momentum will take hold and become your dominate state. 

This will generate more negative feelings and more inner sad stories of doom and gloom.

Whatever the external reason for your depression or when things don't seem to be working out for you, what usually follows is your mind gets filled with negative thoughts and before long you start to question and doubt yourself. Maybe you feel less than others or you think you're not good enough.

As the depression takes hold, more, things seem to go wrong and all you can perceive is a bleak future and no way out of your depressed mood. 

You can soon become disconnected from your true, beautiful and worthwhile self leaving you with feelings of despair and vulnerability. 

You can soon start to blame all your outside circumstances that have not worked out for you, leaving you playing the victim mentality, where convince yourself, it's all your own fault or perhaps you blame everything and everyone else for your current predicament.

As you sink deeper into depression you may feel the whole world is against you, after a while you lose your motivation to go out or even get up in the morning. 

You may lose your appetite and you will probably begin to feel emotionally and physically overwhelmed.

One reason why people struggle to get up in the morning is because they have not got a worthwhile goal or purpose to motivate themselves, so setting yourself some new goals can help put the motivation back into your life.

If you leave your depression untreated, before long you can feel so sad and low that it starts to deplete your energy, strength and motivation to a point where you even lose the motivation to try and overcome your depression.

To change you have to make changes

To put an end to your depression you have to first, if you're stuck in a situation or relationship that is making you feel bad, then you may need to escape from that situation then you need to create a better, brighter and more optimistic future.

For whatever the reason behind your depression, a lot to do with what is causing it is down to how you are still perceiving or reacting to

  • What is 
  • What has been 
  • What will be

Sometimes you have to accept and let go of what is or what has been then you need to start to focus on all the positive things that your life can and will be because you need to let go of the past so it no longer has any power over you. 

This may mean learning to deal with past failures and mistakes and the best way to deal with them is to learn something from them and then use them to drive you to a better life experience.

This should involve forgetting the negative realities of the past and present and putting all your energy and attention only on the positive prospects of your future because positive expecting is a very potent and powerful energy force.

Your emotions are linked to your focus of attention

Your mind and thoughts are responsible for how you feel and act. What you need to be aware of is, how you feel always follows and depends on the thoughts and perceptions of your mind.

Most people tend to think with their emotions or intuitively, instead of thinking logically or positively.

The good thing is, if your mind is responsible for how bad you feel then equally your mind and your actions are the key to making you feel better and eventually curing your depression.

The words you speak, the thoughts you have and the statements, suggestions and the intentions you say to yourself will shift your energy into motion.

Negative statements and intentions create stagnant and negative energy, but positive statements and intentions will generate positive energy and positive energy will help to carry you through and out of your depression.

It is just as easy to say positive things about yourself and your life as it is to say negative things, but the rewards in how you feel will be priceless and you do not need any justification or reasons to say positive and nice things about yourself.

Anxiety, stress and depression

There is a lot of debate about whether or not the source of people's depression is caused through a chemical imbalance or a negative state of mind.

In a way both these cases are right because if you have depression then from a physical perspective you will have a developed a chemical imbalance or more importantly an emotional imbalance. 

What people who suffer with depression need to find out is what actually triggered the chemical imbalance in the first place and what is keeping it on going, because if you dig deep enough you will find that there is usually an underlying root cause of your depression.

Normally there is a reason and a trigger that initially activated the chemical imbalance and the negative state of both mind and body. It is pretty clear that many of people's depression is more than just chemical imbalance.

Stress and anxiety can deplete you of your energy which can leave you feeling physically and mentally exhausted and burned out, which can lead to low feelings.

If you suffer with general anxiety, then it is important to learn how to manage and minimize the discomfort caused by your anxious thoughts.

Depression is also a physical condition and negative state of being so the physical and emotional side of things will also need addressing. 

There is nothing wrong with taking anti-depressants especially to begin with as it can help to restore your chemical imbalance so it is advisable to work with your doctor, but medication won't fix what's wrong. 

If at some point you decide to come off your antidepressants you should always check with your doctor first, because if you just stop taking them you can suffer with withdrawal type symptoms.

If you want help from someone who has overcome severe depression and you would like to learn more about the physical and emotional side of things then you may benefit from learning more about Gwynee Curries Depression Free Program!

Seek out professional help 

Some form of counselling or therapy may also benefit for you, many people find that talking to someone can help them to release the negative emotional block, but to be free of your depression long term you sometimes have to accept and release the past and what is as well as changing your attitude about you, your life and your future. 

Counselling is helpful so long as it is productive and geared to correcting what's wrong, but to keep digging up and open old wounds and examine all their negative beliefs and bad experiences can activate all those bad feelings associated with your past.

Because every time you analyze and go over all the bad stuff that has happened you are going to also activate all the emotional grief, hurt and pain associated with your previous baggage and past traumatic experiences.

The better option might be to skip the raking up the past and start to value all that is good and special about you and to revisit all the good things that have happened to you combines with envisaging all the good that could and will lay ahead.

Try to focus on how worthy you really are and search for, the evidence and things that will show you how good you really are and can be. 

Because although it can be good to talk, what you don't want is to much self pity and sympathy otherwise it can make you feel even more like a victim to your circumstances when really you are the creator of them. 

To much feeling sorry for yourself or allowing others to feel sorry for you can have a negative effect on you and you will be playing right into the hands of your depression.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is also helpful and it can also help to change your brain chemistry by correcting the chemical imbalance. 

Being mindful of the thoughts that you are thinking and then changing those thoughts to ones of hope and optimism can also help to change your body chemistry and energy. 

Boost your self esteem

Your self talk is also instrumental too how you feel and your self esteem levels so make it your goal to only say positive statements about yourself. 

If you're depressed the chances are you will be suffering from low self esteem or you have always had low levels of self esteem and self worth.

Low self-esteem usually results from your conditioning and mental programming, often the roots of low self esteem can be traced back to your childhood.

The negative self criticisms and self sabotaging in your head is often down to how you have been negatively influenced or conditioned by others. 

Sometimes as a child growing up, hurtful comments, nasty remarks, treating you badly and constantly criticizing can have a huge negative impact later in your life, some over strict parents can be responsible for this. 

Perhaps you were conditioned by others to believe you were shy and quiet or nobody helped you to build your confidence or even worse they progressively dented your self confidence.

Your low self esteem and low opinion of yourself could be because you felt unloved or unwanted. Have you bought into the belief and lie that somehow you're not good enough or equal to others or others people are better than you.

Sometimes low self esteem is a result of the nasty or negative suggestions made by others or even your own parents, sometimes it's a result of verbal or physical abuse.

If you were often criticized or insulted or generally made to feel worthless as a child or teenager then the chances are you bought into those nasty or critical remarks by others and you begun to accept them as being true. 

Add on to all this the negative conditioning from your own bad experiences and years later, especially at times when you're feeling stressed or run down, then all that negative programming can resurface and influence your life and thought processes.

Often that inner critical voice in your head is not you, it is the voice of the person who put you down or made you feel unworthy or unloved, it's a bit like a recorded message by the critical or nasty person that is stuck inside your mind which keeps getting played over and over again. 

But you have not got to accept the suggestions from that voice inside your head, it is not you and therefore you do not have to listen to it or any other suggestions that make you feel bad about yourself.

You need to start to override that inner critical voice, be firm with it and replace any negative statements with positive ones about yourself, all you have to do most of the time is saying the opposite to that inner critic. 

The real inner you, loves you and only wants what's best for you and it would not crticise you or do anything that makes you feel bad. 

So immediately dismiss any negative suggestions made by others or that inner critical voice and begin to say nice and kind things about yourself and take notice how good it makes you feel.

Sometimes we seek approval or praise of others to give us a boost, but why rely on others when you can make yourself feel better and boost your self esteem at the same time by making a conscious effort to praise yourself, 

Because, despite what you think you do not need any reason to validate your self praise, and the good thing about self praise is it costs nothing and it will make you feel better.

Try and mix with positive minded and enthusiastic people, also try to avoid moaning and complaining about each and everything. Getting out and doing more things or getting involved in more social activities will help to lift your mood.

No one is immune from depression 

There are no laws or set rules as regards to depression, it can strike anybody at anytime and every bodies circumstances and situations are different so there is not even a case of one gloves fits all. 

Sometimes it can descend on people who are going through a tough time or it can gradually creep upon people over a longer period of time.

You can reach a point in your life where you have become so negative that you cannot see beyond the doom and gloom, maybe you have convinced yourself that you are never going to get out of your depressed state. 

Depression can even strike people who have seemingly perfect lives and no apparent problems on the outside, so if you have sunken into a desperate state of depression do not blame yourself as no one is immune from the grips of it. 

As well as working with your doctor and taking your medication if you are prescribed it, make a committed effort to overcome your depression naturally, and in some cases combining the two can help you to overcome your depression more easily.

Medication can help stabilize you, but it is always wise to try and tackle the root source of your depression as well.

Negative expectations will lead to negative results

Be mindful to your thoughts and feelings, this does not mean trying to monitor all your thoughts. But anytime you feel negative emotions be aware that the thoughts you are thinking are not in alignment with what you really want and how you wish to feel.

When you're experiencing negative emotions it is not totally down to your outside situations, the real reason you're having negative emotions is due to how you have been responding to and how you are perceiving your external circumstances. 

So this means the negative emotions are being activated by the thoughts you're having about you and your life and how you are perceiving yourself and your future.

Instead of looking for evidence to support and back the beliefs you hold about how unworthy you are, how bad a person you are, how invaluable you are, try to make a choice that you want to feel good and be happy.  

Then bit by bit begin to replace those negative beliefs and misguided assumptions you or others have inflicted on yourself by switching to thoughts that will make you feel good and joyous and move you forward in the direction you want to go. 

Start to make positive statements that your dominant intention is to feel good because depression will cause you to think about the worst case scenario first which will leave you blind to all the good that could be yours if only you would invite it and allow in.

Only think good feeling or general thoughts
  
One of mankind's biggest flaws is the need to try and be perfect, you cannot always be perfect, so let you know you're doing your best and that is good enough, when we try to hard in life it is nearly always followed by negative consequences. 

Get to know yourself and just be you and be pleased to be you, don't attempt to be the person others want you to be and don't try and satisfy and please your ego all of the time.

Be mindful to your inner self talk, a lot of depressed people are constantly putting themselves with negative statements that start of something like

  • I am hopeless 
  • I'll never 
  • I am a terrible 
  • I am no good 
  • I can't do anything right 
  • Nothing works out for me
Your friends, partner or family may also tell you similar type of suggestions and over time these negative statements can chip away at your self worth and your well-being. 

If you find yourself, saying negative things about yourself they you need to stop it right now and then begin to reverse them with positive inner self talk.

Try not to reminisce too much on things you had but you have now lost, focus on the good times ahead instead of what could have been. Think of it like this, if you watch a sad film you will respond emotionally with sad feelings, our inner world is where we can create what we want. 

When we cast ourselves as the central character whose life is full of no hope, sadness and disaster our bodies will respond with sad related emotions, until we change the dialogue of the story to happier circumstances.

With mindfulness you will soon begin to realize you only feel bad when you are harsh or critical of yourself, when you're giving your attention to what you have had and lost, when you focus on not having or thinking about what you don't want or when you're depicting a future with no hope.

Some of the worst thoughts, to generate low moods are the thoughts of limitations and the self statements like

  •  I am not good enough
  •  I am unworthy 
  •  Stating I can't do or I will never
  •  I have no control over my thoughts and feeling and my life
  •  I am naturally unlucky 
  •  Bad things always seem to happen to me
  •  This is who I am so 
  •  I am a bad person so I deserve everything I get
  •  Believing you are a victim to your circumstances and there is nothing you can  do  to change your current situation or mood 
  •  Nothing will ever change 
  •  I am not the types of person
  •  I will never meet anybody 
  •  I am always screwing everything up
If you use the terms always and never then, your stereotyping yourself and creating harmful beliefs that will keep you stuck where you are.

Use your feelings as guidance you will soon become aware that when you search for reasons to feel good, then your mood will match those positive thoughts and words of optimism.

Self praise, worthiness, appreciation and encouragement and you will begin to experience more and more feel good emotions and it will become crystal clear to you that you can control how you wish to feel and your destiny. 

You have not got to spend all your day trying to think positive thoughts, just spending a few minutes here and there can help or just think general thoughts that don't trigger a bad feeling reaction. 

It is more important that you don't spend any time or give any attention to thoughts that don't make you feel bad, stressed or anxious.

In some cases depressed people instead of taking decisive actions steps which is absolutely necessary, and any attempt to improve your mood and life is a step in the right direction will sadly carry on looking for reasons to support, blame and justify why they feel so bad all the time.



Try and be more optimistic

When you're depressed it can feel like hard work just to get out of bed in the morning so trying to motivate yourself to get active can feel like a mountain to climb, but mountains can be climbed.

A lot of people who are depressed think they have nothing to live for and they believe their situation is beyond hopeless, but you should never give up hope because having hope is an important part of your recovery.

Going from depressed and living the life you don't want to feel joy, happiness and living a fulfilling life will be a journey and all journey's take time but the sooner you start your journey the better.

Your recovery will probably involve some physical action and changes, but before you think too much about making those necessary changes you should first focus on your emotional side.

Some people who are depressed are wrongly labelled as being lazy, this is not true, depression robs you of your drive, motivation and energy. 

One of the main qualities of happiness and success is energy, if you feel as if you have no energy you will find it hard to motivate yourself. 

You need to build up your energy to help you to fight your depression, a good healthy balanced diet is essential, exercise can only help even if it's a brisk walk observing nature. 

If you have been depressed for quite some time, then you may have fallen into the trap of thinking you have nothing worthwhile to live for and you may have convinced yourself your best years and life experiences are in the past.

But just because one chapter of your life has gone or is over does not mean you cannot start a new and exciting adventure of self discovery as well as pursuing some new opportunities and challenges.

See any challenges as a lesson to be learned and obstacles that you need to overcome and use your failures and adversity as an opportunity to grow and be better. 

You need an energy shift and that cannot be achieved unless you introduce  hope into your life and once you can find hope with the knowledge that everything will work out OK, then you can transform that hope into positive expectations.

The best is still to come

People slide into depression when they convince themselves the best years are behind them and if this is the case, then you need to shift your attitude too.

The best days are still yet to come and there will be better times ahead, because you don't have to follow the beliefs, idea's and rules of everybody else.

Pessimism and negative thinking fuel bad feeling negative energy, but the good news is hope and then optimism will begin to switch you to better feeling energy. 

At the moment you have probably got a whole lot of negative momentum going on.

It's all about getting the positive momentum going and then keeping it going. You're not going to switch from feeling depressed to feeling blissfully happy overnight, but at some point you need to change the way you see your world and your future and develop some positive optimism. 

Depression and negative thinking emotionally and physically drain your energy and dis-empowers you, but positive thinking and optimism will empower you and bring the sparkle back.

To help you being to move out of your depressed state and that's all it is a state you need to shift your mindset from despair to hope and once you start to realize that there is hope you can go to the next level which is positive expectation and optimism.

Positive expectation not only shifts your energy from negative stagnant energy to positive energy, it also helps to create new and more exciting realities. All of your current beliefs and feelings are being influenced by your previous life experiences both good and bad. 

If you're feeling depressed, then your situation and how you feel most of the time is being shaped by your bad experiences and perceptions, but you have not got to live your life in the past or by your current circumstances. 

We are all responsible for our actions, lives and feelings and when you open up your mind to new possibilities you will open the door to a new and better reality.

You will also need plenty of rest, relaxation and a good night's sleep, if you are physically exhausted, then you need to take it easy for a while. 

Become more proactive

Try to increase the amount of activities you frequent in, making more social connections in your life is also helpful so is keeping your mind occupied with worthwhile interests and activities. 

Making the shift from depression to joy will take time, but if you take daily action steps then bit by bit you will begin to improve and feel better. 

If you're single try and find a new relationship, if you're out of work look for a job, even consider doing some voluntary or charity work. 

Helping others can help you to feel good, when you help others, it can lift you as you become rewarded for helping others with better feelings.

It helps to develop a more optimistic outlook, because optimism and pessimism are both a choice, one will leave you feeling low and the other will lift you and give you new found hope, when you have hope you will find optimism and soon your life will begin to take on a new meaning.

Go virtual to change your energy

Your imagination is a powerful tool, it will make you or break you, no doubt you have been told a countless amount of times to think positive thoughts, but that is not so easy if you are stuck in a negative place and a sense of hopelessness. 

Many depressed people struggle to find something positive to think about, the good news is, your nervous system cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is made up. 

This means you can take full advantage of this, so if you cannot find better feeling thoughts, make something up pretend everything is getting better, just make it up because it's the positive emotions that you're searching for at the moment and not the perfect and ideal life, that will come later. 

Remember the good things you can imagine are limitless, so create an ideal virtual world to start with and keep returning to it. Have you ever dared to imagine things going well and everything working out right for you for a change.

If you start to project a happier, more brighter future then your subconscious mind will start to pull you in the direction of that better life.

Move up through the emotional scale

You're not going to jump from depressed to blissful happiness overnight, but the sooner you begin your journey and you get the positive ball rolling the better, the pendulum can only begin to shift to feeling good when you choose and decide to take back control.

Thoughts and feelings go together they mirror each other, so try and be careful not to allow your current emotions and thought processes to keep you locked into the believe that things are always going to be this bad.

Make yourself look beyond the worst case scenario because there are always two ways to perceive a situation, no matter how bleak it may appear.

It can help to get angry just to bring you out of that low feeling, mood, you should not make a habit of this, but doing it a few times can transform you out of the energy state of depression. 

Once you shift to anger, try and then jump to a better feeling mood then keep going until you reach a more positive state of joy and optimism.

Each day try and think of some better feeling thoughts, it will take time to move up through to the positive emotions range but it is a process you need to do. 

You need to get the positive momentum going and then you need to keep those relaxed positive feeling. 

Eat a good healthy and balanced diet 

At one time it was thought that the main causes of depression were primarily neurological or brain related.

However, this theory does not explain the reasons why some people seem to have it all in life, yet they are still struggling with depression. 

Although environmental and situational circumstances and events may be the root source of some people's depression, recent research now suggest that the underlying root cause may be directly related to inflammation of the gut and bad bacteria found in the gut.

For a long time now Doctors and nutritionists have recognized that there is a direct connection between the brain and the gut and by starting to listen to your body and paying close attention to your digestive system and what you're eating, you may soon find out that you can improve your mood.

There are certain things that you can do to help you to begin to reduce any bad bacteria in your gut and cool down excess inflammation. 

The trick is to aim to cultivate good bacteria in your gut and to start to cool your gut down.

Some foods that can cultivate good bacteria are believed to be,

  • Broccoli 
  • Probiotic supplements 
  • Yogurt that contains lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Sauerkraut
  • Blueberries
  • Kale 
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Bananas
  • Fermented plant-based foods
One way to begin to restore balance in your gut and cool the flames of inflammation is by cutting back on some of the bad foods and foods that are hard to digest and starting to eat more whole foods and healthy nutritious foods.

Some of the low in nutrient foods and the chemical compounds that can be found in some processed foods can be hard for our body to break down 

Some studies have suggested that you can significantly reduce your depression by cutting back on some of the low in nutrient processed foods.

Because of the mind and body connection, it is important to take care of our body, our physiology and the food we eat can have a big impact on how we feel. 

Try and eat a good healthy and well balanced diet full of fresh fruit, plenty of vegetables and whole grain foods plus the daily protein requirement.

Eating healthy foods with good carbohydrates will keep you energized and it will help regulate your moods. 

During population studies, it has been suggested suggest that allergy sufferers are more likely to have depression than people who do not suffer with allergies. 

But it is not just seasonal allergies that have been linked with depression, some experts also believe that food intolerance and food sensitivity can trigger bouts of feeling depressed and feelings of lethargy. 

It is stated that just because you have an allergy does not mean you are prone to depression, but it could explain the reason why some people who appear to have everything they want in life still suffer with depression.

If you are suffering depression or you're feeling lethargic for no apparent reason, then it may pay you to visit your doctor for a food intolerance test. 

This does not mean you have to cut out all the foods you enjoy because it may only be one specific food that is triggering the reaction.

You may need to find out what foods make you feel bad and then try and eat more of the foods that make you feel good and less of the ones that make you feel bad.

Omega-3 fish oil is believed to be good to help improve your mood and a omega 3 deficiency has been linked to inflammation and depression.

Some experts now suggest that we are getting too much omega 6 fats and not enough omega 3 fats.

It is believed that too much omega 6 fats can increase inflammation in the body and the brain that can affect our moods and more omega 3 and less omega 6 lowers inflammation and improves our mood.

This does not mean you have to cut out all omega 6 fats, but it can help to re-address the balance.

The brain and the body require a certain amount of fats and proteins, and not all fat is bad for you. 

Researchers believe that turkey, chicken, Brazil and walnuts nuts, eggs, avocados and oily fish can all have a positive impact on our moods.

Omega-3 fatty acids are classed as one of the major building blocks for optimal brain chemistry and health. 

Although there is no specific set standard for how much omega 3 you should take, the recommended daily dosage for omega three generally seems to suggest, ranging from 500mg to 1000mg

If you are unsure, ask your doctor about the recommended daily dosage.

Foods High in Omega 3 Fatty Acids are

  • Flaxseed oil
  • Seeds
  • Walnuts, 
  • Fish roe (eggs) 
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines 
  • Tuna 
  • Herring
  • Seafood
  • Spinach 
  • Anchovies
Our bodies need the daily requirements of nutrients and vitamins and a lack of nutrients and vitamins as been linked to depression and low moods.

According to new research, inflammation in the body and the brain can be partly responsible for mood swings and depression.

Tests have revealed that people who suffer with high levels of depression have a higher rate of inflammation in the body and brain.

Some of the things that can increase your inflammation levels are,

  • Smoking 
  • Excess alcohol 
  • Too much refined sugar
  • Stress and tension 
  • Processed foods 
  • Too much red meat 
  • Lack of or poor quality sleep 
  • Soya oil
  • Dairy/cheese 
  • Gluten 
  • Vegetable oils 
  • Too many fried foods 
  • Artificial flavourings/Sweeteners 
  • Saturated fats/too much omega 6 fats
Avoid processed forms of sugar, dairy and gluten– Natural sugars, grains and dairy products are good for you. 

Refined sugars, gluten and processed dairy products have been altered from their natural state. 

These alterations promote the development of bad bacteria and drastically reduce nutritional value–leaving your brain starved and causing it to malfunction.

Eat plenty of fats and proteins–Not all fat is bad for you. Researchers believe that chicken, turkey, brazil nuts, eggs, avocados and oily fish all have a powerful impact on our mental state. 

Low moods have been linked to a Vitamin D efficiency, which is required for good brain health and functioning. (Check with your Doctor or Nutrienists).



Your posture can impact your mood

There is a direct link between feeling bad and your posture and your body posture can impact your mood and your physiology. 

As a rule, with most cases of people who are depressed also have poor body posture where they hunch their shoulders, lean forward and drop their head.

When you stoop forward, your chest goes small which will restrict your breathing and makes your heart have to beat faster, it also compresses your inner organs and plays havoc with your digestive system. 

This type of posture will disrupt your bodies natural free flowing feel good energy and you will experience more of the negative energies linked to sadness, feeling inadequate, vulnerable and a sense of hopelessness.

It will also cause a lot of tension in your neck and shoulders and because your head and body is leaning to far forward it will put extra load on your neck and upper back muscles leaving you feeling tired and dis-empowered.

This slouched and crunched posture will also change your state to negative energy and because of the mind body connection you will have more negative thoughts and your stories in your mind will turn to the ones that depict sadness, failure and doom and gloom.

Your thoughts and feelings drive your life's experience and to put an end to your depression you have to think differently but if you have hit difficult times then all those negative thoughts that have followed due to your situation can have an impact on your posture and your physiology.

Although you may need to change your situation, it can be very hard to lift yourself out of depression if your body is not balanced and aligned because of the link between our mind, physiology and the emotions that we feel.

Laughing is still one of the best ways to change your energy into a more positive state, make an effort to smile for at least two minutes at a time, then do this at regular intervals because smiling is known to boost your mood.

Avoid looking down, because looking at the ground can lower your mood, try and look straight ahead with your eyes as much as possible without lifting your head back too much.

Ignore sad films, stop watching the news and try and avoid listening to too many sad love songs. Instead, watch programs that make you laugh and listen to relaxing or uplifting music.

Think back to a memory or time or times when you felt happy or a situation or program that made you laugh and return back to that memory over and over again to boost your mood.



Laughter really is the best medicine

Laughing is still one of the best ways to change your energy into a more positive state, make an effort to smile for at least two minutes at a time, then do this at regular intervals because smiling is known to boost your mood.

Avoid looking down, because looking at the ground can lower your mood, try and look straight ahead with your eyes as much as possible without lifting your head back too much.

Ignore sad films, stop watching the news and try and avoid listening to too many sad love songs. Instead, watch programs that make you laugh and listen to relaxing or uplifting music.

Think back to a memory or time or times when you felt happy or a situation or program that made you laugh and return back to that memory over and over again to boost your mood.

Dealing with grief and trauma

Sometimes we experiences tragedies or bereavements which are out of our hands and all we can do is mourn and allow time to heal. You cannot get back a lost loved one, but in time you can get back your happiness.

You may never completely learn to come to terms with a bereavement, however you should always remember the good times and hold onto those treasured memories, but you need to try to move on and enjoy your life.

Grief is a process and there are various stages you will have to go through to overcome grief. At the first stage of grief, you may go into the denial stage where it's hard to let go, this stage may also be accomplished by guilt, anger and frustration.

The next stage of grief is acceptance, but even though you may then have come to terms with the loss your emotions will still be all over the place and it can take time to start to return to something like your normal self.

After the acceptance stage, you will have to try and rebuild your life and move on in the best way you can, you may feel lonely and find yourself on your own a lot.

You will need the support of family and friends and you may need to build a new or different life, or get yourself involved in some forms of social activities/groups or take up some new interest, hobbies or set yourself some new goals.

Joining a church or charity group or organization especially if you can comfort or support others who are going through a similar grieving experience can help you to feel better as well as helping them.

If you want some reassurance and comfort do some research into the afterlife, there are now thousands of accounts from people who have had a near death experience who have come back to tell their story, so have the attitude that some day you will be reunited with your loved ones because they might be closer to you than you think.

More depression tips

If you are stuck in a bad, violent relationship where you have been abused, get out of it, seek professional help or try and get support from your family and friends. 

Although we all like a bit of company, when you're by yourself, learn how to like yourself and start to enjoy your own company.

Having a pet such as a dog or cat can help to lift your mood and give you a bit of company, if you get a dog, then you will have the added bonus, of all that exercise you will get from taking it for a walk.

Sometimes in life we have to accept things the way they are and try and make the most of what we have instead of wishing things were better. It's great to have wants and goals, but your happiness and your emotional well-being should not never depend on them.

If you're stuck at home feeling isolated, lonely or bored, try and find things to occupy your mind. We all need a purpose in life, try blogging, enroll in an evening class, join a social media website or you can get more involved with community activities.

Mindfulness is one way to help you in your fight with depression, this involves learning to become more aware of those negative and pessimistic thoughts. 

Once you realize the thoughts and your own perceptions which cause the negative feelings you can learn to take no notice of them and let them go. Then switch your thinking to something more constructive or positive.

Make sure you stay hydrated, our body is around 70% water so make sure you drink plenty of water, just don't drink too much in one go. 

When our bodies are dehydrated it can switch us into the survival mode meaning more fearful thoughts.

Depression is linked to both the mind and body, it is also caused through exhaustion of both the mind and body. 

When you spend months or even years focusing on thoughts of hopelessness it will exhaust you and it will deplete your energy levels.

Sometimes to avoid burnout and exhaustion we have to learn how to say no, there is a limit to how much time and energy you can devote to others, your own well-being and interests are more important to you than pleasing trying others.

Use Modern Technology To Boost Your Mood

If you have been feeling low or depressed for quite some time, then you can easily get stuck in that negative state almost to the point where it becomes an accepted part of your life.

Although positive thinking helps, depressed people because they have felt down for so long it can prove just too hard to make that shift to those feel good emotions.

Thanks to the advancement in technology you can now entrain your brain and your body to harmonize with your natural feel good energy frequency. This recordings will coax your body back to the feel good state automatically.

Once you begin to feel better, then you need to seize the window of opportunity to take back control of your life and your thoughts.

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Medical Disclaimer

The information on this page is for information use purposes and it is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information for the diagnosing or treatment for health conditions. If you suspect that you have a health condition, consult your doctor.

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