Are you struggling with depression? Are you taking drugs for depression? If so, today’s article in mercola.com is a MUST read: “Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain – Here’s Proof.”
Stress is our #1 risk factor today. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that 1 in 20 Americans are depressed. “Every year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most-prescribed drugs in the United States.”
DRUGS do NOT fix the root cause. I love what Dr. Mercola said:
“Where does the normal grieving process fit into our modern lives—is it something that should be drugged, or is it a normal phase of life that everyone on the planet has to move through? And when does an emotional phase go from being a natural part of the changing emotional landscape that is life to a problem that needs to be “fixed”?
The article gives clear evidence that drugs are destroying lives rather than saving them.
Dr. Mercola offers these suggestions for bringing your life back into balance:
Exercise — Increases the level of endorphins, the “feel good” hormones, in your brain.
Address your stress — Depression is a very serious condition, however it is not a “disease.” Rather, it’s a sign that your body and your life are out of balance.
Meditation or yoga can help. Sometimes all you need to do is get outside for a walk. But in addition to that, I also recommend using a system that can help you address emotional issues that you may not even be consciously aware of. For this, my favorite is EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique.
Eat a healthy diet — Foods have an immense impact on your mood and ability to cope and be happy. Eating whole foods, avoiding sugar and grains will best support your mental health.
Support optimal brain functioning with essential fats — I also strongly recommend supplementing your diet with a high quality omega-3 fat.
Get plenty of sunshine — Making sure you’re getting enough sunlight exposure to have healthy vitamin D levels is also a crucial factor in treating depression or keeping it at bay.
A gem I recently discovered is Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s CD, The Power of Positive Thinking. He has so many wonderful points in his message. Here are a few:
When you wake up in the morning you have 2 choices concerning happiness. You can choose to be happy.
Practice happy thinking.
Say affirmations out loud, such as:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I believe that this is going to be a wonderful day.
I am grateful for all that I now have and shall have.
God will see me through.
Practice love. Love is a unique way to create happiness.
Tolstoy said, “Where there is love, there is God.” I might add, where there is love and God, there is happiness.
Treatment for insomnia: a relaxed trust in God.
Practice emptying the mind. Have a daily practice of silence. Listen to the beauty in silence.
Say beautiful words out loud through the day, such as “tranquility.” Your mind will go there.
Throw your heart over the bar, and your body will follow.
The rough is only mental.
I will end this article with some words my son gave to me. He was driving and heard a song on the radio. He immediately called saying, “I think you will like these words.”
Everybody dies. Not everybody lives.
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Maybe today is the day to start living?