By now, you would have heard the news that both Kate Spade (Fashion Designer) and Anthony Bourdain (Famous Chef/TV Personality) sadly took their own lives. One in six people in their lifetimes will be afflicted with depression, and it could happen to any one of us, regardless of fame, wealth or status.
Mental health is a growing issue worldwide. In the United Kingdom alone in 2014, 19.7% of people aged 16 or older in the UK showed signs of anxiety or depression. One third (36.2%) of those who have self-identified themselves with a mental illness have never seen a medical professional.
Conventionally, antidepressants may not work for everyone as well, and the root cause of the problem may very well be ignored entirely.
If you feel depressed, take some time to see what position your body is in now. It’s likely that you’re slouched over, head bent down and your body curled inwards. As Tony Robbins says, you don’t get depressed, you do depressed.
Depression affects every individual differently, but it ultimately it results in a negative state-of-mind. Depression is caused a chemical imbalance in the brain, but the brain-body connection is also crucial. Here are some strategies that you can use to fight these depressive symptoms and win!
Remember what we said about the body-mind connection? Exercising is a great way to improve your mood through the release of endorphins that contributes to your overall mental health. You don’t need to hit the gym or put your running shoes on. Something as simple as lifting your chest can help you, so let’s try it now!
Stand up. Lift your sternum just a little higher till a point where you start to feel confidence flowing through you. Depress your chest and round your back. Can you feel the difference in your mood? It just took a few seconds to change the way both your body and mind feel. With this exercise, you can start to take charge of your emotions.
Depression robs people of structure, and a routine is able to provide consistency and stability even when the outlook seems bleak. For many, their routine consists of being stressed and bringing themselves down. Why not develop a routine that empowers you instead?
A common practice, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is focused on breaking patterns in terms of how you perceive and react to the world around you. These patterns at its most basic can be as simple as the words used when you think or talk about yourself.
Depression drives us into a cynical and down-spiraling loop where the only words in our heads are negative self-thoughts. By replacing that with empowering words instead, we have the power to change our state of being. Remember: the words we used to describe ourselves will become a reality, so watch what you say!
If you’re interested in learning more, why not see Tony Robbins LIVE at Unleash the Power Within? You’ll learn and feel the energy that will ensure that both your mind and body are at their peak and positive states for happier, more energetic living.
Disclaimer: Depression is a serious illness and with the sheer amount of resources available, can seem overwhelming. If you have thoughts about ending your life, please call the Samaritans hotline (available 24/7) at 116 123 or Mind at 0300 123 3393. If you have a plan to commit suicide, please go to your nearest emergency room for immediate treatment.
Information and other content provided in this article or any other linked materials should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.
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