As we all know, life isn’t always diamonds and roses. Heaping mental health issues like anxiety and depression on top of family, bills, and work stress can make simple events like meeting a friend for coffee into a chore. To add insult to injury, diagnosing depression can be difficult, especially when symptoms can manifest as fatigue and a general sense of malaise.
It’s easy to buy into the hype that being depressed is a phase or something that a person can overcome if they try just a little harder to be happy. No matter a person’s education level – whether they’re still in high school or working on their online PhD he or she knows their body, their moods, and when something isn’t right. Drop the denial and stop drifting through life.
On the Move
Society wants people to go, go, go. Everything is bigger, better, faster, and more. Those who are “lucky” enough to have been diagnosed with depression know that the automatic answer is antidepressants.
In an overmedicated world, turning to homeopathic products like flower remedies or kava-kava instead of brand-name chemicals is bound to raise a few eyebrows. Ignore the naysayers and rely on body wisdom. What works well for one person might harm another.
Here are some suggestions for moving towards wellness when living with depression and anxiety.
Skip the Side Effects
Natural elements like mustard flower essence and kava-kava are good for relieving anxiety without a jolt to the system. The subtle effect allows the user to breathe easier through a conflict or trying situation without the side effects that an antidepressant might cause.
Try these methods when faced with a confrontation at work or a run-in with a toxic relative. The best thing about flower essences is that they aren’t poisonous. Unlike a medication on which a person can overdose, an entire bottle of essence can be swallowed without having to call for an ambulance.
Obviously it is best to move slowly and figure out what works best for one’s system. Start with the recommended few doses a day and move on from there.
Talk it Out
Homeopathic remedies can be quite beneficial, especially when used in conjunction with talk therapy. A mental health professional will understand a person who is living with depression and anxiety and be able to offer suggestions for healing more readily than a primary care physician who doesn’t necessarily have the time to sit and listen.
As with herbal cures, finding what works best for each individual person can take some research, but it’s certainly worth the effort.
Don’t Lose Yourself
Living with depression can easily turn once-favorite activities into uninteresting or stress-inducing undertakings. Consider an author who no longer enjoys writing short stories or an artist who can only stare at a blank canvas.
On top of feeling like the world is rushing by while everything else is on hold, pressure to write, paint, go out for coffee, or even exercise may only exacerbate one’s already-overwhelming feelings. Don’t run away from that which was once so good. While creativity can’t be forced, abandoning an outlet for relieving frustration can only make things worse. Above all, self-care is paramount.
While on the search for a doctor who will listen, a therapist who truly understands, or an herbal remedy to lessen those out-of-control feelings, consider activities like yoga or meditation. Steady the mind and breathe and know that relief is on the way.
Guest Blog by: Nan Gibbons, contributing writer at http://www.eatbreatheblog.com.
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