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.

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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.

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The Feeling Good Handbook

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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

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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

 

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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:

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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 –

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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.

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YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

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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How Stress Affects Our Health

Stress is an undeniable element today. Each person is affected in a  different way. Emotional trauma creates an unstable environment. The mind  often works overtime, with thoughts racing through our heads. Worries and responsibilities compound. How and why does this happen?

The human anatomy  has a “flight or fight” response to danger. It is this physiological  response  that has allowed us to evolve through the ages. When danger threatens us, the physical body responds. During a natural disaster or a political upheaval this ability to respond literally saves lives. The “fight or flight” response is  called  hyperarousal, or alternatively,  the acute stress response.  When danger subsides, there is no longer a need to be on high alert. Modern day stress continue to activate this response.  Mental health clinicians  recommend tai chi , breathwork. and visualization  techniques to combat chronic stress.

There are many medical conditions that can manifest through the stress portal. Diabetes, thyroid imbalance, hypertension, migraine headaches, and digestive disorders are but a few. A medical diagnosis conducted with a doctor will determine results. Your  doctor may also recommend further diagnostic treatments, x-rays, or ultrasound, or provide a referral for appointment with a professional dietitian, psychologist, or physiotherapist.

 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a fantastic  tool available to combat depression and anxiety.  CBT differs from traditional psychotherapy. The CBT model is based on the idea that thought distortion and maladaptive behavior are a factor in the development of psychological  disorders. This modality focuses on building coping strategies to deal with stress, along with changing unhelpful thought patterns. It is an action based therapy, focused on transforming thought and behavior patterns. CBT has proven effective in the treatment of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Talking about our problems is important. Holding feelings in creates tension and disease in the physical body.  Connecting with others may offer strength, courage, and hope. Friends and family may have good intentions when listening to problems. All too often, we are told to “get over it”, “stop feeling sorry for ourselves”, or “forget about it, and move on”.  Our institutions program us further – We are taught and encouraged to do as we are told, be quiet and behave. A qualified therapist may be able to suggest additional strategies and solutions. There is great value in talking to a professional counselor.

Self expression is an part of daily life. Writing, drawing, or painting offer an avenue of self discovery. Learn to play a musical instrument. Make time in a busy schedule to pursue interests and hobbies.  Discover the creative capacity within. Express feelings and emotions in a constructive way.

Cultivate healthy lifestyle choices. Create a wellness plan before stress creates imbalances in the body. An excellent place to start is with a healthy and regular meal plan. Fresh air, exercise, and sunshine are good for you. Take time out  to relax with meditation or yoga. Consider holistic therapies such as Reflexology or Reiki. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep. Avoid the use of tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs.