Let’s Talk About Depression

This year, Bell  Canada hosts the eighth annual “Let’s Talk” event. This social media forum covers an open and frank discussion  of mental health issues. Depression is a very real issue. Additional stress factors compound the challenge.”Let’s Talk” allows Us to discuss concerns about emotional health. Because We cannot “see” depression or anxiety, many people brush it off. However, stress affects every cell in the body. In dealing with stress, examine factors contributing to emotional trauma. Identify ways to make life easier. Start now to develop a personal strategy for healing.  The following article discusses how stress affects the body.


How Stress Affects Our Health

Any  book written by  David D. Burns may be considered an excellent resource. Dr Burns has worked extensively with patients affected with depression and anxiety, and has developed many great strategies. Below,  I have included several links to His material within this article. It is crucial to seek professional guidance when  You feel overwhelmed or helpless. Reach out for help. In isolation, fear and worry feed depression and anxiety.


The Feeling Good Handbook


10 Days To Great Self Esteem

As I started writing articles for My Blog, I discovered many Bloggers write and blog about mental health issues. Bloggers are sharing and documenting personal experience with anxiety or depression. This is a positive direction. Writing is a most powerful tool  for  self expression. Keeping a private journal is yet another popular approach. Artists, musicians and writers have always shared the trauma of painful experiences. Pablo Picasso’s painting “Guernica” offered a  strong statement of protest after the bombing of the village Guernica, in Northern Spain in 1937. The late  John Lee Hooker documented  life for more than half a century with His voice, His guitar, and His songwriting. After serving as an ambulance driver in Italy, during World War I, Ernest Hemingway based the novel  “A Farewell To Arms” on His wartime experience. On the journey to wellness and balance, make and find time for creative expression. This is a powerful way to express emotions, thoughts and feelings. In dealing with depression, stress, or anxiety,  events contributing to emotional trauma. Here is a  list which includes classic stress triggers:

  • Death of a Spouse
  • Divorce
  • Death of a Parent
  • Marriage
  • Job Loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth of a Child
  • Birth of Additional Children
  • Problems with a Child’s Health
  • Death of a Child
  • Death of a Friend
  • Debt
  • Buying a Home
  • School
  • Road Rage
  • Problems at Work
  • Family Problems
  • Illness
  • Addictions

Tiger's Eye

How Our Emotions Affect Our Health

In the article above, I discuss how Our Emotions affect Our health. Emotion balance is a priority to building wellness. Reiki is a gentle complimentary therapy. It is an effective tool for addressing stress issues. Reflexology is also valuable in promoting  relaxation, along with improving vitality. Massage therapy, Yoga, or Qigong are other options  to consider. Holistic therapies balance work  to balance body, mind, and spirit. What ever story You have to tell, it is a unique part of You. For more information on complimentary therapies in Canada, or to find a professional holistic therapist in Canada, visit this link:   Natural Health Practitioners Of Canada



Stay Warm In The Cold

Now that winter is officially here, it is important to stay warm.  In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the temperatures may  dip between minus thirty to minus forty degrees celsius.  In this part of the world, We consider temperatures of minus ten to fifteen degrees celsius to be “mild” during the winter season.  Allow Me to share My strategies for staying warm in the cold.
Drinking hot tea is a wonderful way to maintain a warm body temperature. There are so  many varieties to choose from –  Peppermint, , Ginger, or Chamomile. My personal favorite is Green Tea. Alternatively,  consider hot coffee or hot chocolate. Make sure to have a hot breakfast – oatmeal is a great option.  During cold weather, your  body will require calories to maintain body warmth.  This is not a good time to skip meals.
 A cold winter morning requires  extra layers of clothing , along with  extra time to dress up. If You are driving, You will need to allow for extra time to reach a destination.  Make sure to cover any areas of exposed bare skin  with mitts and a scarf.
Your vehicle may require  extra time to warm up.  If hazardous road conditions exist, consider purchasing  winter tires for Your vehicle. Plan activities around road conditions.  If blizzard conditions are indicated, avoid driving. Postpone low priority  errands.
A discussion of winter conditions must include the mention of snow removal.  If You work outside, be sure to dress warmly. Take short breaks , going indoors to warm up. Insulation around doors and windows of Your home to keep warm, indoors. For increased  energy savings consider insulating the attic.
I like to stock up on groceries in January. Homemade soup is My specialty. I  use My slow cooker for this, to preserve nutritional content.  If You enjoy baking this a great time to make use of Your oven. Cinnamon is one of My favourite spices to use.  Honey is another excellent natural  flavoring. During a cold snap I add both to My tea or coffee. A stack of cozy and warm quilts is essential. I keep five quilts on hand. Lighter blankets are useful too. Many people in Canada spend time skating and skiing.
Winter is a fantastic time to catch up on reading. A stack of books that I haven’t had the time to read awaits. Make a list of projects You have  been meaning to tackle. Keep this list ready – when cold weather arrives, take advantage of the extra time available to complete these projects. Reading, sewing, home renovation, and blogging are on the top of My list. Listen to music, watch a favorite movie, or play a musical instrument. To celebrate the true spirit of winter, I like to  read books by the great  Russian writers. When the temperature drops, many people report feeling sleepy.  Sleep and the dream world are more accessible. This is a great time to consider meditation.  Take advantage of this by getting more rest. Indigenous cultures set  time aside in the winter for family, storytelling and bead work. Create Your own personal traditions for winter.

Healing From Within

Our emotions, thoughts and words leave an imprint. People around us digest the energy We are projecting.  To start on a journey toward wellness and balance, our thoughts and words must support this objective. Common sense demonstrates nutritious food, exercise and relaxation may promote and improve health. We chose to avoid  saboteurs of health –  alcohol, drug , and smoking. Stress, a poor diet, and sleep deprivation tear away at the body.

It is all too easy to be swept up in a current of worry, anger and fear, by simply  watching the news. Violence and corruption appear on every street corner, around the globe.  In this regard it is important to strike a balance between being well informed and subjecting mind, body and spirit to excessive violence. Be aware viewing excessive violence second hand, on television or social media has an effect on emotional and physical health. Watching stressful scenes may signal  the release of stress hormones. After watching a suspense movie, You may find it difficult to fall asleep. Be a selective viewer. Sometimes the energy around us is overwhelming. Read more in the article below:


How To Clear The Energy In A Room

Self examination is a crucial step towards creating  a healthy environment. Examine all emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Embark on this process to discover what is truly holding You hostage. Keep a journal of thoughts, feelings and emotions. This provides a valuable outlet. Institutions  often discourage the free expression of feelings and emotions. Record any physical sensations along with any other information.  For women dealing with issues of hormone balance, menopause,  or PMS, this is a valuable tool. At a later date You may choose to share this information with a doctor. Include sensations such as breast tenderness, spotting, or  restless sleep.   If You are under emotional trauma, do not hesitate to seek professional  counselling and guidance. Alternatively, talk to a friend or family.  Cognitive Behavoural Therapy  (CBT) is an excellent option.  For more information on stress read My article –


How Stress Affects Our Health

It is important to acknowledge Our true feelings. Accept thoughts, and emotions. This process of this introspection is not to judge. Acceptance does not mean resignation, rather it is a tool for moving forward. Facing fear and doubt is necessary to move past fear and doubt. As emotional baggage is released, and refiled,  You may begin to feel lighter and happier. This is an ongoing exercise. It is OK to express Yourself. It is OK  to be who You would really like to be. Self acceptance is a milestone to celebrate. To be different is to be unique. I would like to recommend one of My  favourite books authored by Louise L. Hay. This book is an incredible resource. I often keep an extra copy of it to share with My Clients.



Emotional turmoil  and stress contribute to diseases – hyper tension, hormone  imbalance, digestive disorders (ulcers, IBS,), cancer, and diabetes. Do not wait for stress to consume health and wellness. .Louse L. Hay discussed  this in excellent detail. Make the decision to take charge of Your health. Healing truly beings from within. Start the process today.


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