There is no ‘one size fits all’ type of depression. My personal belief is that depression is as individual as we are. Perhaps that is why it can be difficult to recognise in ourselves and others.
One of the reasons it is difficult to recognise depression is because it tends to slip into our lives in ordinary ways. We’ll have a bad day at work which can snowball into a bad week and if we don’t nip it in the bud, well you get the picture.
Here are some of the things to look out for when it comes to depression:
If you are suffering from depression, then this list may feel like I have a keen insight into your life. As you read it you probably thought, ‘Yes, yes, yes’ as you went down the list and mentally checked off the items you agreed with. The point is, if you are acknowledging that you feel this way, then you probably are suffering from depression to some degree. Perhaps I am not telling you anything new or that you don’t already know. However, do keep reading.
As someone who has worked quite extensively with people who suffer from depression, there are many things you can do in order to ‘lighten the load’.
While you may not be feeling motivated to go for that walk, run or go to the gym, this is going to be one of the ‘quick fixes’ that goes a long way to helping alleviate what can sometimes feel like an emotional hangover.
Now, this is where I should probably state that I am not implying that you go to the gym and pound a treadmill for two or more hours. Then do free weights for another two hours. No. I am talking about a 20-40-minute brisk walk twice a day if you can fit it into your schedule.
Of course, I appreciate that you probably do that on your way to work. But what I am asking you to aim for is a time in which, you don’t have to be anywhere. A time in which you can just clear your mind and have some to be ‘mindful’ about what is in your ‘here and now’ at that time.
Meditation can help to calm and relax you to deep levels. For people who are constantly on the go and need a moment to catch their breath, guided meditation is excellent! Take a five-minute break in your lunch hour, find somewhere quiet and zone out for a bit. As I always say to my clients: power down to power up! Learn more about meditation.
There are many studies which suggest that getting into nature can help to reduce stress anxiety and depression. You could also combine this with physical exercise and or meditation. I have a few clients who do nature walks with groups of friends or with meetup groups. Social interaction, plus exercise and being in a beautiful environment can go a long way to lifting your mood.
Depending on how many times you said yes in response to the list of above, there are other options you may want to consider.
I know this probably seems a little ‘self-promoting’, but I am making mention of this simply because I have seen what coaching can do! In my line of work I get to meet many Life Coaches. Each one specialises in a specific area, but for the most part, we all seem to work very broadly. Very often, Life Coaches have had their own personal, intensive, life transformations. Because of this, a Life Coach is great at offering practical advice. They don’t just sit and listen to your problems, they give you actionable steps!
Is Hypnotherapy effective? Yes, it is! I have had many clients who seek me out for Hypnotherapy for depression and anxiety. No two sessions are alike because we human beings are so diverse in our psychological make-up. I am happy to say that each of my clients remain depression free!
When my clients walk through the door, they enter dejected and leave having stepped on to a new path. The transformation is powerful, so powerful that even my clients are stunned. This has little to do with what I do. No, it is the clients themselves who form a powerful collaboration with their mind to bring about the amazing shift they experience. The marvels that the mind can achieve in one session still stuns me! The changes that occur are rapid and amazing!
There is life beyond depression! I know this because I see it every day! You might have landed on my website because you did a Google search. Someone may have recommended me to you. The point is, what are you going to do with what you have found?
Are you going to hesitate and close down my website and ponder over getting some help or are you going to take action? In my experience, people who close the page at this point hardly ever go on to get the help they need.
Am I trying to press you? Yes. That is exactly what I am doing. Why? Because you are absolutely are worth more than having to suffer with whatever is that you are for any longer than you have to. In all honesty, if I don’t think I am the right person for you to work with, I will tell you. Not only will I tell you, but I will make recommendations based on your needs and goals.
In conclusion, I might not be able to erase your past, but I can give you the tools to shape a brighter future! An initial consultation doesn’t cost you anything and it is completely obligation-free. I offer this to anyone who is seeking help and I will give you the best advice I can, whether you go on to work with me or not. My mission in life is to help as many people as I can to be free of depression. I know it may feel daunting, but go ahead and send me a message…
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