Treating Depression Without Medication

I came across an interesting article recently about treating depression without medication.  Here is the full article:

10 Ways To Treat Depression Without Antidepressants​

Here is a summary of the 10 things they suggest you can try according and my two cents about them:

  1. Practice Mindfulness – Knowing what you have control over and what you don’t have control over is priceless. Know that you get to choose in each new moment what you want to believe and what you don’t want to believe.
  2. Laugh – Watch a funny movie or television show. This raises endorphins and works with the muscle memory in your facial muscles to subconsciously remember other times you laughed and were happy.
  3. Don’t Isolate Yourself
  4. Cut Toxic People Out Of Your Life – Sometimes you can do this, and sometimes you can’t. It’s more about your perception of those toxic people and the influence you allow them to have in your life.
  5. Try Alternative Drugs – I’m not sure I would recommend this one as they state it. I might recommend trying supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, etc.
  6. Eat The Right Foods
  7. Consider Acupuncture – I highly recommend this one. Look for a “community acupuncture” clinic in your city for affordability!
  8. Get Up And About – Even if you don’t feel like it. Movement helps!
  9. Grow A Garden
  10. Volunteer For A Cause You Believe In​

​Let me know what you thought of the article by leaving me a comment below.

With Gratitude,

Meditation Opportunity February 28, 2015 Louisville, KY

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Living from a place of gratitude is priceless in so many ways but there is something else that must happen first. I must be WILLING TO LET GO OF THE NEED for my current way of being.

For example, getting annoyed by my spouse and continually complaining about my marriage SERVES A PURPOSE.  Maybe I see aspects of myself in my spouse that I don’t like about myself and wish were different. Maybe being annoyed and complaining keeps a distance between us that makes being in an intimate relationship “safer” or less intense. Maybe I don’t believe I deserve to be in a “good” or happy marriage so I sabotage it.

Is there something in your life in which you are consistently negative? What purpose does it serve you to hold on to this negativity? Are you ready to let go of it and live life with a new gr-attitude?

Focus on Gratitude and Leave the Negativity Behind

I was reminded recently about how powerful and magical it is to live life from a place of gratitude. Gratitude shifts our focus from negative to positive.  If I focus on all the reasons why my marriage is difficult I am immersing myself in negativity.  If I can shift my focus from all the negative things about my marriage to all the positive things (and keep reminding myself of them daily) things might not be as bad as I originally thought. Also, it takes 21-30 days of gratitude and focusing on the positive to really feel and see a difference so stick with it!

When do you feel JOYFUL (or JOY-FILLED)?

I saw this dance video of a theater teacher and his students in Mississippi recently and absolutely loved it.  I felt emotional watching it and realized that it brought me real joy.  I felt joyful, or as I like to say, joy-filled.  It is obvious this teacher LOVES his work. Just look at his face and the joy-filled energy he is emitting. Check it out for yourself HERE and leave a comment with ways you feel joy-filled in your life!

Growth and Change

Growth doesn’t come without some level of discomfort.  When there is an actual change taking place, it isn’t always comfortable. Think about when you were a kid and had growth spurts.  It didn’t always feel good but  at some point pain went away and you settled into your new body.  It’s the same way with mental, emotional, and behavioral growth. Be patient in the meantime and have faith that the discomfort will ease once you get used to the change.

Resisting Change

Do you find yourself reluctant to make changes in your life?  Especially when someone else is telling you, “You need to change!”  Think about what needs changing.  If there are indicators saying something needs changing, then listen.  You can keep running away from facing your problems?  You won’t get far.  THAT WHICH WE RESIST, PERSISTS!  It won’t go away until you make a conscious effort to put it away.

Out-of-Control Anger

When you get angry at someone or something you are giving your power and control over to that person or thing. You react in an “angry” manner because you are trying to regain your power and control. How do you stop this cycle? You have to find your power and control from within yourself, not from outside of yourself.