Want to get over your depression? Well, then, just enjoy the sunshine, get plenty of sleep – and be sociable!
Ugh! Okay, what if we don’t feel like going out in the sunshine; we can’t sleep because our minds are too busy stressing and we definitely do NOT feel like seeing or talking to anyone?
The bottom line is that depression or anything that affects our physical, mental and emotional well-being cannot be alleviated overnight. It takes time. It’s a process and rather than looking externally to drugs and pharmaceutical companies to heal us, I cannot stress enough that we must look within.
Our health and well-being is the most important aspect in our lives. Why? Because no amount of money, prosperity or possessions can replace, be traded for or buy good health. How can we truly enjoy anything in life if we are physically unwell? Louise L. Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life believes that every physical ailment is a psychological manifestation. Her book outlines almost every possible illness that we can create within our own bodies, along with the root emotional cause and the affirmation which can help to alleviate it. Of course, it is not simply our words that bring about good health, prosperity or love. It is the emotion and energy we attach to it and how often we practice self-love and positive thinking and speaking.
In order to be mentally, physically, emotionally and sexually healthy, is to first love ourselves. We must begin to eliminate all negative self-talk and replace it with loving affirmations towards ourselves. Positive thinking and speaking – some call this a form of mediation – has been scientifically proven to alleviate stress and negative moods and feelings, ultimately creating more serotonin and feel-good chemicals within our body. This positive energy, in turn, can be as effective as chemotherapy or pharmaceutical drugs in that it can create positive chemical reactions in our bodies. However, if we have spent a lifetime of producing negative alchemy within our body, then obviously it will take some time and effort regarding our affirmations to undo the harm we have – and perhaps our parents in what they taught us regarding ourselves – created in our own bodies and ultimately in our lives.
How do we do this?
Again, major illnesses come from deep-rooted or chronic belief systems.
The Belief that Illness Brings Attention:
If we had a parent or sibling who had an illness while we were growing up and we associated being sick with receiving a lot of attention, we sometimes manifest illness or chronic illness (hypochondria) in order to get the attention we feel we need from our environment.
Any amount of stress over time, if not released can cause toxins in our body. These toxins accumulate very much like keeping a storage box full of anger, sadness, and unforgiveness towards others or events in life. When we begin to free ourselves from these “stuck” emotions, we also tend to see symptoms of illnesses – as well as behaviours that can bring about illnesses such as over-eating or lack of exercise – alleviate and disappear.
Out of Ease:
When we find ourselves not at ease it often leads to some kind of “dis-ease”. At times, we have moderate stress and it can manifest in a simple cold. We tend to recuperate at the rate at which we can reduce the stress or stimuli that is causing the issue in the first place. However, if we look at pneumonia for example, it is caused by a buildup of infection that is “stuck” from chronic illness in our bodies. We tend to have emotions that are “stuck” in our bodies and build up to the point where we sometimes need help from an external source to fight against it.
Over-Eating or Lack of Motivation for Exercise:
Anything regarding food and unhealthy eating usually has something to do with lack of self-love and not feeling safe in our environment. I cocooned myself during my high school years by over eating in order to protect myself from the critical environment in which I found myself. Interestingly enough, once I finished University and moved to another country, far away from the stimuli that was causing me to cocoon, I lost forty pounds which seemed to melt off of me with no work on my part.
I also felt empowered for the first time in my life and received a lot of positive attention as I was a stranger in a foreign country. It turned out that my belief system about myself and the critical voice that I had internalized from my childhood began to give way to a more positive, self-loving voice. I am convinced that this helped me to heal from long-standing criticism. It was just the beginning and while my physical appearance looked great as I began to exercise and eat much healthier, I still had a lot of internal work to do to catch up. Eventually, however, with the help of reading many books such as Louise L. Hay’s, I began to do the internal work that was needed to restore my complete mental, emotional and physical well-being. I have not gained the weight back in fifteen years and probably look ten years younger now than I did then.
It is important that on a daily basis we look in the mirror and remind ourselves of the love we have for ourselves.
What if we do not feel loving towards ourselves right now?
#1: Mirror Work does get easier the more you do it, but if you are not ready to say, “__________, I love you and I believe you deserve wonderful health in your life,” then begin with, “_________, I am willing to like/love you in this moment and am beginning to believe you deserve wonderful health in your life.” As the words get easier – and they will get easier over time – readjust them to be more positive and direct.
#2: If you are having a really difficult time loving your adult self, take some time to peruse some old photographs when you were a child. Choose a photo of yourself as a child that you do feel compassion or tenderness towards. Take it out and put it in a frame or better yet, enlarge it and put it somewhere in your home that you can be reminded of that innocent child that you still have within you that desperately needs to hear from your adult-self that you love him or her.
Repeating such statements as, “I love and approve of myself” daily can begin a healing process within our bodies that can astound us. This is not only effective in our physical health and well-being but also for our emotional and mental health as well. If you cannot say it to yourself yet; then say it your childhood picture – to your inner child for whom you do feel love.
Affirmations: Sample Affirmations that You Can Use
Health & Well Being
“I am 100 % healthy on a molecular, cellular structure.”
“My face and body reflect the youthful child within me!”
“I love my body and am healthy, fit and feel great.”
“I am healthy and happy at ___ (your ideal weight) pounds.”
“I have lots of energy and exercise 3 times a week!”
I challenge you to begin doing this today and healing and well-being will begin to manifest within your body and your life! You may even wish to give love to the certain body part of area that is inflicted with the illness.
Some other suggestions: (See website below for reference)
▶ Take 1,500mg of omega-3 daily (in the form of fish oil capsules), with a multivitamin and 500mg vitamin C and 1000 mg of Vitamin D ***Make sure you check with your doctor if you have never taken any of these or you are taking other medications – and it is NEVER recommended to go off any anti-depressants unless your doctor has been consulted.
▶ Don’t dwell on negative thoughts – instead of ruminating start an activity; even conversation counts.
▶ Exercise for 20-30 minutes a day when possible – even if it’s a walk in the sunshine.
▶ Get 15-30 minutes of sunlight each morning in the summer. In the winter, consider using a lightbox.
▶ Be sociable – even going for a coffee is beneficial
▶ Get eight hours of sleep
( http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/19/beat-depression-without-drugs )
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