Depression and Mental Health Awareness

Depression and Mental Health Awareness

Look at the sun. Breath in some fresh air. Take in the beauty of nature.

Depression and Mental Health Awareness

Often we talk about wellness in a state of physical fitness, but we don’t always talk about mental illness and depression.

Depression can be incredibly difficult to deal with and it is even more difficult for those who don’t suffer to understand. People who are depressed suffer differently.

Depression doesn’t always look like tears and sadness.

Sometimes depression is the face of the person who smiles in every photo. The person who looks to the outside world like they have it all together. The person who gets up every day and goes to work. The person who makes it to all of their child’s games. The person who looks perfectly fine on the outside.

Sometimes depression is the face of the person who smiles in every photo. The person who looks to the outside world like they have it all together. The person who gets up every day and goes to work. The person who makes it to all of their child’s games. The person who looks perfectly fine on the outside.

Sometimes depression can look exactly the way you would expect… A person who can’t seem to get out of bed. A person who hasn’t showered in days. One who is always busy, yet they are busy avoiding people because they are unsure how to deal with people.

Have you ever been in a room full of people who are laughing and joking? They seem incredibly happy and in tune with everything around them

and yet you feel like you aren’t even there. Physically your body is there, but emotionally your head is so all over the place that it is as if you are invisible. Sights and sounds just blur together. You can’t wait to leave, but you snap selfies, keep smiling, pretend you are having a great time. All you want is to feel like one person gets you. Instead you fade into the noise until it is time to go home. You post your best selfies and wait for the “likes.” It is an empty hollow feeling, a nothingness, a loneliness like no other.

Have you ever woken up and felt numb from head to toe?  Have you ever continued to press snooze, not because you are tired, but because you need five more minutes to sleep because then you don’t have to face the world? The longer you are asleep the less time you have to ‘live.’ Five minutes quickly turns to five hours and you aren’t sure where the time went. You can’t seem to text back friends or family because having to respond, even thinking of a response “hurts.”  You don’t care about work. Your whole body hurts and you aren’t even sure why.

Depression can look like both of these. So how can a person overcome something that in so many ways sucks the actual life out of them? And how is this directly correlated to wellness? For starters let me begin by saying I am not a doctor.

I am however a wellness coach, and someone who suffered chronic depression. I say suffered because I have spent a lot of time working on myself and on recovering. The things I am sharing are things that I have learned through my own journey. They may or may not work for others, but it is incredibly important to have an open dialogue about depression and mental illness.

The first part of healing is being honest. If you think you have a problem, if you are suffering from suicidal thoughts tell someone. If you cannot tell someone in your immediate circle than find a therapist or a help group, even a Facebook group. There are so many programs out there. Take advantage of the help that is available to you.

I believe people can get better without medicine. In order to do that it is important to change the conversations you have with yourself. For instance, notice I said I suffered from depression, not I suffer from depression. Stop diagnosing yourself as ill. I do still have days where I get sad or have overwhelming feelings that I sometimes struggle with, but I believe that we create our own realities. So if we are always saying that we are depressed then we are going to become that. You cannot overcome what you force yourself to be.

Take care of your body. I’m not saying you have to live at the gym, but become more aware of what you put into your body. Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat?” Essentially, you are. If you are putting junk in your body and you don’t feel yourself anything nourishing guess what will start to happen? You will feel like junk.  Get up and move. Often times people who are depressed want to stay still and not get up. Get up. Go outsi

de. Look at the sun. Breath in some fresh air. Take in the beauty of nature.

Switch up the people you associate yourself with. You become the five people that you spend the most time with. Who are those people? Are they successful? Are they motivated? Are they happy? Are they doing more with their lives? Do they have dreams? Are they working on the goals and dreams? What do they talk about? Are they gossiping about others or are they talking about things that empower? Sometimes just getting away from negative people can begin to change your mindset. Really think about these people and not just the words they say, but how you feel when you are with them. People can say the right things, but your body is intuitive. If it feels off it is. Stay away from people who make you feel off vibrationally no matter who they are. Family and friends are not always good for us.

Set your own goals. Are you where you want to be? Chances are if you are suffering depression you aren’t. This can mean different things for different people. Depression effects many people from all walks of life and financi

al situations. Maybe you have a work goal to earn more money and get out of debt. Maybe you have a love related goal where you want a relationship, in which case begin to focus on yourself. Maybe you feel like you aren’t living in your purpose so find out what brings you passion. What I noticed is in almost every situation when people can genuinely help others they feel the best about themselves. So overall how can you make the world a better place? This doesn’t have to be a large scale thing.

Read more. Nourish your mind with knowledge. Knowledge is so powerful. The more you know the more you are capable of doing. Continue to feed your mind with positivity.

Pray. I know this one may come off as controversial, especially to someone who may not be religious. I absolutely will not try to push religion of any sort down anyone’s throat. However, the universe is large and whether or not you believe in God, this world is so much bigger than we are. Ask and you shall receive. Don’t just pray when you need things pray in gratitude.  Being grateful is so important. When you live life with a grateful heart all of a sudden things start to change in your life.

The more you notice the good, the more good things happen. You can be thankful for small things. Be thankful for the sunrise, for the people in your life, for your heartbeat, for that delicious cup of coffee this morning. You will start to see a huge difference in your own personality as well as the way others see you. You will notice yourself smiling more and living better. This doesn’t mean every day will be perfect, but it does mean you will see perfect moments in every day. Until next time Namaste.