Depression comes in many forms. Just because you haven't been clinically diagnosed, doesn't mean you haven't experienced some of the symptoms right?
When my gran was killed and my brother died after a three year battle with cancer, I didn't call it a depression. I called it a "funk" that I knew I could get out of.
Doctors may have viewed it differently.
There can be many causes of depression. From major stress events that happen in our life, to imblances in our digestive system which throws our hormone production off kilter, affecting our thyroid, testosterone, seratonin, dopamine and endorphin production.
Below are 5 ways to help you tackle depression (and I've got a gift for you too so make sure you read to the end)
1) Get professional help
Whether Doctor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist or just speaking to friends. Sharing the load will take a weight off your shoulders. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of intelligence. If you need it, get professional help. I can't stress this enough.
2) Check your nutrition
The connection between mood and food has long been established. Minimalising processed foods, plenty of fresh vegetables,fruit, meat (if you eat meat) and healthy fats will help get you back on track
3) Look at your environment
The place you live, work and your social circles. Are they working for you or adding to your stress? What do you need to change about your environment.
4) Get in touch with nature
This one is so underrated. But I can't tell you how many times reconnecting with nature (countryside, parks etc) has shifted my mood, or just lifted a weight and had me be peaceful. Do what you can. Get back in touch with nature.
5) Feed your mind the good information
Just as we need to give ourselves nutritious food to support us, we need to make sure that what we are putting in our mind is supporting our health also. What are we watching on TV, or listening too? What kind of magazines or articles are we reading? Ask yourself "Are they helping me, or hindering me?"
I listen to relaxation or meditation tracks, and sometimes hypnotherapy ones to0. I do what I can to feed my mind good quality information.
I've put together a Dealing with Depression audio album to help you with that. You can download it from this website for free. If you found in useful I invite you to share it with someone you feel needs a little help too.